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Can't write to external drive on network

by Frieser / February 5, 2010 2:57 AM PST

I recently set up a home network with a Belkin N+ router. I have been having troubles with the external hard drive I have connected to the router. The hard drive was initially set up on a machine running XP and now my computers run Vista (not sure if this makes a difference). All of the folders on the hard drive are marked and read only and I can not change them. If the external drive is connected directly to my CPU, I have no problem creating folders and writing files, but when it is connected to my router and I try to create a new folder on the hard drive, it says that I do not have access to do so. In addition, I can not use the the hard drive with the Windows back-up feature either becasue I do not have permission to write on it. I have worked around it so far by connecting to one of the computers and simply sharing it over the network, but I don't know if there are any disadvantages to this or if it will work just fine. Any advice is greatly apprecaited.

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