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    drive sharing on Win2k

    I have two computers running Win2k. They're both connected via a Linskys router to the Internet. I'd like to share one hard drive on one of the PCs but can't figure out the details. I had done this before with a printer cable but not sure how do this with a router.

    PC #1 (new IBM laptop), Win2k, 1 drive, NTFS
    PC #2 (old HP Kayak), Win2k, drive #1=FAT32 (boot drive), drive #2 = NFTS (I want to share this one)

    I set the drive to be shared (J: on PC#2) to allow two users and access to Everyone (doesn't sound very safe). I can't see either computer via MyNetwork or 'Map NetworkDrive'. I tried mapping the drive via computer_namedrive_name but that failed as I suspected.

    Where do I go from here? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    Thnx, Deb

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    Re: drive sharing on Win2k

    Jujuraf, Did you share the drive? Meaning does that drive have a little hand under it meaning it is shared? To do that you need to go to Windows Explorer and right click on the drive you wish to share. Select Properties, then the tab labeled Sharing. Click on the radio button, share this folder, change the name in the box labeled Share name to JUST the letter that represents that drive. Then go down to Permissions and click on that button. Set your premissions for sharing the drive that way, then click ok, apply and ok again. In Windows Explorer you should have a little hand below the drive you just shared. Since you cannot see either computer, open an internet Explorer, type in the addy for Linksys router, 192.168.1.1, do the log in, skip name and put admin in the password unless you changed it (highly recommended). Go to the DHCP tab (should be enabled) and click on the button for DHCP client list. make sure it lists both computers and hit refresh. Write down the IP addys for both computers and the names listed. Then close that window and you could close the Linksys window also. Go to one of the computers and open a command promt ( start, run, CMD, enter), when the comand window opens up type IPCONFIG and hit enter. Make sure the information matches what you have written down. Then type ping then a space, and the IP addy of the OTHER computer. This will send a signal to the other computer and back to that computer. Try this on both computers. If you get an addy and a good ping both ways you should be set to share over your internet. if not - LOL - I recommend unpluging the router and resetting it, sometimes that helps. Good luck and safe networking!

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    Re: drive sharing on Win2k

    Thanks for the details. Yes the drive was already set to share (max users set to two). I disable the share and re-enabled it per your instructions just for the sake of doing it again. I went to the DHCP setup for the Linksys router but the DHCP Client Table was empty (yes I hit the Refresh button).

    On the laptop, the TCP/IP properties are set for a specific pair of DNS server addresses. If I set it dynamically acquire these addresses I can't get to the Internet.On the 2nd PC (an HP Kayak) the DNS server addreses are dynamically acquired. (General tab in Properties for TCP/IP).

    I even tried doing the router setup while disconnected from the VPN link I use to connect to my company's internal site but it didn't make any difference as far as what computers showed in the DHCP table.

    Maybe I should just go back to using a parallel cable as I know I can get that to work. Any other ideas? <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

    Thnx, Deb

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    Re: drive sharing on Win2k

    You didn't happen to have the VPN connected when trying to connect to the "other" computer did you? With a VPN setup (and active), you're not going to see anything on your local network, unless the you've got a second connection for it (IE VPN via dialup, local network via lan).

    For example, at home, I have an internal network setup with two computers. When I bring my laptop from work home, I connect wirelessly to MY lan. Launching the VPN connection then blocks all HOME LAN access through the wireless NIC, but I'm then connected to the WORK LAN.
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    Re: drive sharing on Win2k

    No, my VPN was definitely disconnected (I mentioned that in my last posting). I only have it installed on my laptop anyway, it's not on the HP desktop.

    So it sounds like from your experience, the reason why no computers show in the DHCP table is a mystery. I guess I'll go back to using the parallel port for connection. It's slow but works. I just wanted access to the big hard drive I have on the HP computer from my laptop.

    Thanks anyway, <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>
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    Re: drive sharing on Win2k

    Ok, I got part of it working after all. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> I ended up power cycling the router as you had mentioned. After doing that I then saw the computers listed in the DHCP table. I am now able to successfully ping both computers.

    Now how do I actually view the shared drive from the HP computer from the laptop? I do not see it in Windows Explorer and when I tried to 'map network drive' (from the laptop) I got errors. I might not have the syntax right. I did this (and other combinations):

    hp_computer_nameshared_drive_name

    I must be close to figuring this out with your help.

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    Re: drive sharing on Win2k

    Dear Deb, Did you share the drive from the HP like I suggested in my first post? (Copied and pasted again here) To do that you need to go to Windows Explorer and right click on the drive you wish to share. Select Properties, then the tab labeled Sharing. Click on the radio button, share this folder, change the name in the box labeled Share name to JUST the letter that represents that drive. Then go down to Permissions and click on that button. Set your premissions for sharing the drive that way, then click ok, apply and ok again. In Windows Explorer you should have a little hand below the drive you just shared. I am not sure if your logged in as a user or administrator on both machines. You could check your permissions on both machines to make sure you have cross permissions. Any more problems give a YELL!

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    Re: drive sharing on Win2k

    Yes I did share the drive (small hand appears on drive icon). Yes I am admin on both machines. So are you saying that if I go to 'map network drive' and enter computer_namedrive_letter that it should work? It doesn't, it says it can't find it. I also tried using the IP address but didn't work (using the same format as before - IP_addrdrive_letter).

    My login to both machines is not the same (different user namd and different password). On the laptop (where I want to view the shared drive) I hit the link 'sign on as different user' and entered this different user/password combo. This didn't matter as it still failed as written above.

    I'll keep messing with it later today and see if I stumble on the right combo.

    Thnx,
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    Re: drive sharing on Win2k

    Deb, well you are getting closer at least! Are both computers on the same workgroup? You should not have to map the drive to get to each computer. When you share a drive in the same workgroup, with Windows operating system, I believe it automaticly maps it for you, at least it has with my limited experience. Did you check the share with everyone box when you shared the drive? Also maybe try and set up an account on each computer with the same name/password. Otherwise I am not sure why you can ping each computer but not access the shares. When you open Windows Explorer and attempt to access the shared drive, what is the error message you receive?

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