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Unable to access/open shared folders from ext HD


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#1
Hello to the community,

Appreciate any help I can get with my peculiar problem.

I have a bunch of folders that are shared from external hard drives, connected to my new windows 8 machine.

Other computers/phones/tablets at home on the same network can access folders from the internal HD on my main computer.

But, with shared folders from external hard drives - despite showing up while accessing the network cannot be opened or read from connected devices or other computers on the network.

I'm a relative amateur when it comes to networking but I did not have this issue with my older windows 7 home computer.

Thank you for reading and appreciate all the help I can get.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
#2
Are the external drives connected to other Windows machines or are you using a NAS type box connected to a router?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home built
    CPU
    Q9650 @ 4.05 GHz
    Motherboard
    Gforce 780i SLI FTW
    Memory
    8GB Gskill DDR2 1200Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX-480
    Sound Card
    Asus D2 Xonar
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HannsG
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Gskill 120GB SSD
    PSU
    Thermal Take 1000watts
    Case
    Thermal Take Xtreme
    Cooling
    9 fans air cooled
    Keyboard
    G15 logitech
    Mouse
    G9 logitech
    Internet Speed
    50mbps
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2
#3
Hello Chev65,

The external HD's are connected to my main computer, which is on the same network as every other device and computer at home. The setup is very basic in that, my main computer is wired via an ethernet cable to the modem/router, a D-Link DSL 2750U.

The above setup worked seamlessly with Windows 7, to reiterate.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
#4
This usually requires that you go into the Security tab of the drive and add check marks for full access on the Everyone share per the link below. If you require full access to the drive then start from the root of the drive rather than the Users folder.

HDD sharing - Windows 7 Help Forums
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home built
    CPU
    Q9650 @ 4.05 GHz
    Motherboard
    Gforce 780i SLI FTW
    Memory
    8GB Gskill DDR2 1200Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX-480
    Sound Card
    Asus D2 Xonar
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HannsG
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Gskill 120GB SSD
    PSU
    Thermal Take 1000watts
    Case
    Thermal Take Xtreme
    Cooling
    9 fans air cooled
    Keyboard
    G15 logitech
    Mouse
    G9 logitech
    Internet Speed
    50mbps