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User Access control on ethernet based external hard disk

by aq_blues / February 25, 2010 4:34 PM PST

Hi all,
I was going through these LAN hard disk available nowadays. Seems pretty usefull to have it on the network and then anyone can access it from their own PC. But the problem is of access control. What can we do if we do not want everyone to access every folder. Is there any way to do the access control based on users ?
Thanks for the help

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You didn't say.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2010 8:00 PM PST

What OS. For example if the OS was Windows NT or later and the external drive was NTFS then NTFS permissions is sufficient.

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Thanks for the reply
by aq_blues / February 28, 2010 9:22 AM PST
In reply to: You didn't say.

Thanks for the reply,
If you are asking for the PC on the network, we have 7-8 PC on the network with most of them running windows XP and one or two on Windows 7.

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Then NTFS would be one solution.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2010 9:43 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks for the reply

The machine that "serves" up the files would have to have accounts maintained and then we use NTFS permissions to grant or deny each account access to what we see fit.

As there are plenty of web pages on NTFS permissions I must stop at that point.

Many go nuts over all the maintenance, the tedius account and if you had XP Home the 5 user limit. That's why businesses usually end up on a server.

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But there is no dedicated machine on the network
by aq_blues / March 1, 2010 9:22 AM PST

But there is no dedicated machine on the network which is always on. All machine are personal systems and they are normally turned off. So if it requires a PC which can be used to set the user profiles, and it can be turned on and off then it should be ok. But if it requires a PC which should be always on then we would have a problem.
Can you help me clarify this doubt.

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Let's talk about drives on a lan or nas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2010 1:48 PM PST

Given no two are alike we would have to download the manual for each one and see what user access controls each one offers. Remember there is no standard here for this product type.

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by aq_blues / March 29, 2010 11:30 AM PDT

Thanks all for the reply.
Yups it was right that different HDD have different options. So I searched for the manuals of Western Digital. Finally I bought the western digital book world which offers me the needed functionality.
Thanks all for the time.

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