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Sharing external drives with Windows connection

by eddiejoepopcorn / January 9, 2015 1:56 PM PST

I have an old G4 laptop with two LaCie hard disks attached. I want to share the LaCie disks with my Windows computer that has a local network connection. I have pored over the Mac Help for information on this, but can't find any mention of it. Windows can see the Mac desktop, except for the mounted disk drives. Can this be done?

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Although you can see the attached drives
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 9, 2015 10:35 PM PST

on the Mac desktop, they are not actually ON the Mac desktop.

They are actually completely separate volumes that basically have an alias (shortcut) on the desktop.

Looks like your external drives are not shared.

Go to System Preferences > File Sharing and ADD the external drives to the list.
Give suitable permissions to them.

That should do it.


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Mac/Windows communications problem
by eddiejoepopcorn / January 10, 2015 9:50 AM PST

A new problem has arisen -- whereas two or three days ago the Mac and Windows were talking to each other, with only the external drive problem described above, now, out of the blue, the connections have simply vanished. Neither computer is recognizing that the other exists on the network. However, both computers can connect to the internet with no problems. I suspected that maybe my DSL router from ATT had gone bonkers, but attempting to do anything with the ATT website is like pulling teeth without anesthesia; in my opinion, they have the absolute worst website in the world. Incidentally, my System Preferences File Sharing (Tiger) doesn't give the option of sharing the external drives, at least not that I can see.

Update: I went into System Preferences / Sharing and set up Windows Sharing, and this allows Windows to view files on the Mac. I had not done this before, and it was working; now I have one-way communication, because the Mac is still not seeing the Windows machine, so I guess I have to do something similar in Windows to get that fixed.

Sigh! Yours truly, Bamboozled by AT&T.

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Adios, amigos
by eddiejoepopcorn / January 13, 2015 12:39 AM PST

I have learned, through the use of ping, that my problem might be due to a faulty server. So long, and thanks for all the fish!

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