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Windows 7: How to share entire drives

07 Jun 2011   #1
barend

Windows 7
 
 
How to share entire drives

Using the WORKGROUP method on W7, because one of my laptops has XP.
I'm the only one using my net, so I want to open EVERYTHING on EVERY computer on my wlan.
Googling produced only results for folder sharing.
But that's not what I want: got a drive with 90 or so folders...


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07 Jun 2011   #2
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Does this tutorial help at all?

File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)

Regards,
Golden
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08 Jun 2011   #3
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Printing the tut now, will read in coffee break...thanks for the link!
In the Old Days, sharing partitions used to be simple, but since MS tries to think for us instead of with us, too many constraints are laid...
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08 Jun 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Some good information here, check the links in the sidebar on the right: The Dangers of File & Printer Sharing | eHow.com
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09 Jun 2011   #5
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Not interested in "dangers".
I just want to decide for myself, and shere everything.
And MS won't let me.
Duh...
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09 Jun 2011   #6
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hi barend,

It can be such a hassle sharing files and other network resources over your network. Another option is a Network Attached Storage or NAS. A NAS is an external network hard drive; just plug it in to a Network Switch or to a Router’s LAN Port using a straight or a patch network cable.
Some NASs have a wireless capability, also with a Media Server built in which will allow music and videos to be streamed around the house; useful for the current wave of internet ready TVs etc .
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by barend View Post
Not interested in "dangers".
I just want to decide for myself, and shere everything.
And MS won't let me.
Duh...
Just a thought.
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09 Jun 2011   #7
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Every drive, by default, has the hidden share applied to it (i.e: C$), couldn't you simply give yourself permission to use those?
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09 Jun 2011   #8
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Yes. The C$ share (for the C: drive) shares the drive at the root which gives access to the subfolders. You can share the root folder of any drive .
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10 Jun 2011   #9
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks!
How do I do that?
Went to Advanced Sharing of my R: drive, and tried to share as R$ name.
Got a msg that was not possible because I was already sharing under that name, however I did not share it yet...
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10 Jun 2011   #10
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2xg View Post
Hi barend,

It can be such a hassle sharing files and other network resources over your network. Another option is a Network Attached Storage or NAS. A NAS is an external network hard drive; just plug it in to a Network Switch or to a Routerís LAN Port using a straight or a patch network cable.
Some NASs have a wireless capability, also with a Media Server built in which will allow music and videos to be streamed around the house; useful for the current wave of internet ready TVs etc .
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by barend View Post
Not interested in "dangers".
I just want to decide for myself, and shere everything.
And MS won't let me.
Duh...
Just a thought.
Thanks- food for thought indeed...something like an ad hoc LAN wide server right?
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