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    How do i map/share drives in vista

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    i am wondering how i can share drives in vista on 3 vista computers/laptop and 1

    what we want to be able to do is network up some hard drives that can be shared and can be acessed on the pc or from any pc connected to our internet wirelss ect.

    Not sure how to do it but if any one can help then feel free.

    its some folders and certain drives that we want to have on each pc to be shared

    eg i pick my music folder, he picks his games or a whole drive and on his laptop just one folder where he can copy stuff off of via the network

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    we want to be able able to access a drive without a pssword where possible and the be able to read and write files to the drives

    From memory I think it's as simple as right clicking the drive going to the share tab adding 'guest' and allow share. I think there's another tab where you can select to share over network with different permission settings.

    If you go to network and sharing centre, you have the option to enable sharing. then everything in the pubic folder can be seen on other computers.

    deathtrap3000;3994280

    If you go to network and sharing centre, you have the option to enable … If you go to network and sharing centre, you have the option to enable sharing. then everything in the pubic folder can be seen on other computers.



    And after that it becomes a nightmare :lol: Why they didn't keep an option for simple file sharing as in XP is a complete mystery to me.

    Shengis;4000326

    And after that it becomes a nightmare :lol: Why they didn't keep an … And after that it becomes a nightmare :lol: Why they didn't keep an option for simple file sharing as in XP is a complete mystery to me.



    lol. I find it as easy as xp.

    right click, share, advanced sharing, share this folder, ok - done.

    deathtrap3000;4000331

    lol. I find it as easy as xp.right click, share, advanced sharing, share … lol. I find it as easy as xp.right click, share, advanced sharing, share this folder, ok - done.



    I don't see those options for me it just goes Share, Choose people to share with. Maybe it's because i've got home premium. My biggest gripe about Vista sharing is the seeming inability to share root. Means I can't set up scratch drives, just folders. So I won't be binning XP Pro on my main machine any time soon.

    Shengis;4000369

    I don't see those options for me it just goes Share, Choose people to … I don't see those options for me it just goes Share, Choose people to share with. Maybe it's because i've got home premium. My biggest gripe about Vista sharing is the seeming inability to share root. Means I can't set up scratch drives, just folders. So I won't be binning XP Pro on my main machine any time soon.



    You can share root in Vista. Just navigate to the root of your partition, right-click, properties, sharing, advanced share.

    dxx;4000405

    You can share root in Vista. Just navigate to the root of your partition, … You can share root in Vista. Just navigate to the root of your partition, right-click, properties, sharing, advanced share.



    Yep done that, set permissions to full read/write access and when I try to create a new folder it says access denied. Readings fine, it's writing that's the problem and the reason I want it shared in the first place....

    Forget that, got it working. I forgot to go into Security and modify the user permissions. Don't know why it didn't work when I tried it before though :?

    The other problem i've noticed on vista is that it sometimes locks the shares after a time and won't let you write any more data until reboot. Not got a clue why.

    Shengis;4000448

    The other problem i've noticed on vista is that it sometimes locks the … The other problem i've noticed on vista is that it sometimes locks the shares after a time and won't let you write any more data until reboot. Not got a clue why.



    Ive never noticed that.

    deathtrap3000;4000462

    Ive never noticed that.



    It's pretty random. Most of the time the shares are there then they just vanish and the access denied box pops up. I gave up trying to work it out in the end. I did wonder if the network card was going into powersave mode and that was screwing with vista.

    Shengis;4000448

    Yep done that, set permissions to full read/write access and when I try … Yep done that, set permissions to full read/write access and when I try to create a new folder it says access denied. Readings fine, it's writing that's the problem and the reason I want it shared in the first place....Forget that, got it working. I forgot to go into Security and modify the user permissions. Don't know why it didn't work when I tried it before though :?The other problem i've noticed on vista is that it sometimes locks the shares after a time and won't let you write any more data until reboot. Not got a clue why.



    One of Windows' strange little quirks, I guess. I found a similarly confusing bug in XP recently, in which, after bumping the logged-in user's session by logging into a different account by remote and then logging out of that, the other user can't log in because Windows demands a password. Anything you enter will fail, because that user doesn't, and never has had, a password. Again, a quick reboot sorts it out, but you're still left scratching your head thinking, "muh?".
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