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Problem: Sharing WD 500GB My Book Pro II RAID

by HondoMan / May 9, 2008 5:01 PM PDT

Here's what I've got: A Western Digital 500GB RAID MyBook Pro II. It is connected to a Dell Inspiron 9400. I, along with my colleagues, are all using Windows XP Pro. I currently have a WD 120GB External HDD at the moment we use to share files. It's getting very full.

I tried hooking up the MyBook Pro II HDD to share. I can see it and all the files placed on it as a drive on my computer, and I can share the drive giving everyone in the office full rights, but no one is able to access the shared drive over the network.

Oh, I did call WD's support. I got to an outsource company in India, who barely could read the instruction manual! That frustrated me, so I ended the call with no help.

Is the problem due to it being a RAID? This drive was not my choice of share drives to use.

Any advice?

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Problem: Sharing WD 500GB My Book Pro II RAID
by HondoMan / May 9, 2008 6:42 PM PDT

Caveat: It's a 1TB not a 500GB. Sorry.

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Just checking.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 10, 2008 12:56 AM PDT

Remember that "everyone" according to Windows are those with an account on the machine that issues the share. Some miss this nugget and don't think about the accounts.

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WD MyBook Pro II
by HondoMan / May 10, 2008 4:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Just checking.

Thanks, but "everyone" has full rights as well. Other ideas or thoughts?

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Just checking.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 11, 2008 12:47 AM PDT
In reply to: WD MyBook Pro II

I can't tell in your reply if everyone has an account. Everyone is not "anyone."

Details matter and those are not in your post so as I read your post and reply it looks like the same old account and firewall issues.

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The WD BOOK RAID version can not shared over the network
by ssharoni / January 21, 2009 7:26 PM PST

I bought the WD BOOK RAID and find out that WD decided to do some tricks that are not being explain in the spec. And not being clarified on the brochure.

If you are using the WD Book Raid ON a XP you can not share the drive so you can not use it for a backup of other computers on your LAN. This is really something that is not being expected from a Company like this??..
The only way to use it on the LAN Is to connect it to a windows 2000 OS or a Linux somehow they forgot to disable it.
This is really frustrated since I assume most of Raid Buyers would like to use it for more than one computer! If someone has an Idea how to use it as a share drive on XP please let me know.

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It didn't take long for people to figure out....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2009 8:38 PM PST
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