Sharing from an External Hard Drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have an Iomega eGo drive attached to my router.  It shows up in Windows XP as the "Z" drive.   There are 3 separate folders shown.  If I right click on each of the folders and go to "Properties," no panes are shown for "sharing."  The only panes are "General" and "Customize." A "sharing" pane shows up, however, on each of the folders on my "C" and "D" drives.  How can I enable "sharing" panes on the folders shown in the external hard drive?  
    Thursday, September 3, 2009 2:04 AM


  • Are you trying to set permissions on the NAS (it isn't an "external drive" - it is a network attached storage device that you have)?
    And, are you doing this because you want to use it as a Centralized Backup location in OneCare?

    I'll assume that you are using OneCare.

    Your Iomega drive is not attaced to the PC and it is a "mapped drive" in Windows because it is a location on the network - that is the drive is actually a storage server. If you installed software on your PC from Iomega in order for the drive to become drive M on your PC, you'll need to refer to Iomega's instructions on how to set up permissions. You can't share a mapped drive as it is already a Share or network location. Since it is a mapped drive, OneCare treats it as an internal drive, I suspect.

    To use the drive for Centralized backup, you need to access the drive this way:  \\server\share where "server" is the name of the device as seen on your network or the assigned IP address and "share" is the name of the Share on the device.

    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare, Live Mesh, & MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator
    Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:31 AM