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Windows 7: Sharing an External USB Drive with Homegroup


21 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Premium 64
 
 
Sharing an External USB Drive with Homegroup

what is necessary to share an external USB drive in a home group? I have taken the steps to share the external drive and can see the drive from other pc's in the home group, but if I try to access the share it is unsuccessful.

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21 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Premium 64
 
 

would it be easier to share a drive through a workgroup rather than a home group?
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21 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

From experience, I would strongly suggest sharing through workgroup since it offers better compatibility.

Could you please follow the steps outlined in this post on the drive that you wish to share and report if that works?

HDD Sharing

Hope This Helps,
Josh
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21 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torszula View Post
what is necessary to share an external USB drive in a home group? I have taken the steps to share the external drive and can see the drive from other pc's in the home group, but if I try to access the share it is unsuccessful.
The security tab settings may be different for the USB drive compared to the link that Shadow posted, just do the best you can with them.

The other option would be to add the drive folder that you want to share to a Library then share that Library with the Homegroup. The link below shows you how to do this.

Libraries - Include a Network Folder
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