Laptop Drive share


  1. Posts : 7,030
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #1

    Laptop Drive share


    It was a long time ago that I once configured a drive share to another computer.
    I know a little bit more than nothing about network, so please explain as you do for normal people.

    I have a laptop with Win 7 Pro that is my backup computer and I eventually travel with it.
    I removed the ODD and replaced with a caddy to hold a HDD and on the HDD slot I have installed a small SSD for Windows and programs. I also moved C:\users (SSD) to D:\users (HDD).
    So D: isn't only a data drive as \users is a system folder.
    Only user is D:\users\Luiz
    Laptop Drive share-asus-share.jpg

    I also have a desktop with Win 7 HP. I want to access the laptop D: drive (read and write) so I can synchronize files and folders.
    Only user is D:\users\Backup

    From the Desktop I can see the laptop (Q550LF) but it says I don't have the permissions.
    Laptop Drive share-share-desktop.jpg

    How to set the permissions so I can map the D: drive on the Desktop?
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  2. Posts : 539
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #2

    Megahertz07 said:
    How to set the permissions so I can map the D: drive on the Desktop?
    There are two sets of permissions to set, the Sharing permissions and the ntfs permissions. How those permissions are applied to you when you connect depends on the account you are trying to connect with.

    When you connect from the laptop you will by default pass the user name and password of the account you signed in on the laptop to the desktop. If that username/password is also an account on the desktop you will have the same access as that local account on the desktop.

    If you are not that concerned about security, then you can set the Sharing permission for Everyone to have Full control. However, you will still be subject the NTFS permissions on that drive. To have full access you will need to add the Everyone group to the drive's permissions and grant it Full control. You should also turn off Password Protected Sharing in the Network ans Sharing Centre.

    Laptop Drive share-image.png

    Laptop Drive share-image.png
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  3. Posts : 7,030
    Windows 7 HP 64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Bree said:
    There are two sets of permissions to set, the Sharing permissions and the ntfs permissions. How those permissions are applied to you when you connect depends on the account you are trying to connect with.
    Thanks Bree
    Big progress. Once I have set permission for Everyone on the laptop drive, I was able to connect to the laptop drive on the desktop. I thought that all I needed was to give permission for everyone on the sharing permission (first image on post #1).

    Questions: Can I create a user under permissions for \\Desktop\users\Backup so only backup user can have full access via the network?
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  4. Posts : 539
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #4

    Megahertz07 said:
    Questions: Can I create a user under permissions for \\Desktop\users\Backup so only backup user can have full access via the network?
    Yes. To set specific user permissions on a share you can only select from users or groups on the PC that is doing the sharing. If you choose a group, then you will need to connect as any local account on the PC doing the sharing that is a member of that group.

    So if you want the share on Desktop to only be accessible by a user named Backup, then, first remove full control for Everyone from the share, then you have to create a user account named Backup on Desktop, add it to permissions for the share, then set it to have the appropriate permissions.

    Then when connecting from Laptop to the share on Desktop you need to connect as a user Backup with the correct password for that user account on Desktop. The easiest way to make sure you are doing so is the be signed into an account on Laptop that has the name Backup with the same password as the account on Desktop.

    If the password differs, or you are signed in with a different account name, then you will have to connect using different credentials. Then supply the username and password of the local account on the PC you are connecting to.

    Laptop Drive share-image.png
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  5. Posts : 7,030
    Windows 7 HP 64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Finally I was able to access the laptop D drive from the desktop.
    What a nightmare.
    - I first shared the D: drive to Everyone (full access) and was able to see it on the Desktop but couldn't access it.
    - Then with a big help from my friend, I learned that, as the laptop and the desktop has different logged on user, you have also to set the drive security permissions also to Everyone. Two places for same thing. Sharing should also set Security but it doesn't.
    - On the desktop I was able to map the laptop drive but, as I discovered later, I didn't have full access to the sub folders. So I had to share and change security to the sub folder I wanted to have access. Why if I set the whole D: drive a full access?

    So I ended to have on the laptop, not only the D: drive shared but also all other four sub folders I wanted to access from the desktop.
    It was working but then the last Bree paragraph call my attention:

    Bree said:

    If the password differs, or you are signed in with a different account name, then you will have to connect using different credentials. Then supply the username and password of the local account on the PC you are connecting to.
    So I started all over.
    - On the laptop I removed all folder share and security permissions for Everyone. Left only D: drive share and security permissions for Everyone.
    - On the Desktop I disconnected the mapped drive and reconnected using "Connect using different credentials" and supplied the password of the local account on the Laptop.
    For what I see, it is a security violation. To give access to a drive or a folder, the Desktop user has to know the laptop user password. Makes no sense.

    I once build a Linux server for a small office. Every user had his own folder on the sever. Not only the user had the folder permission but also the manager. All other users on the network had access only to his folder. And there was a folder witch every one had access.
    To give permission to a folder you could give the path to the user like \\laptop15\Marc. If the server received a request from laptop15 and user Marc, no password was needed.

    Bree, once again, thank you. Couldn't done without you.
    Last edited by Megahertz07; 28 Apr 2022 at 13:59.
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  6. Posts : 3,561
    win 8 32 bit
       #6

    D is shared by default as d$ it often confuses things if you share it again for d$ you need to pass an admin username/password much safer
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  7. Posts : 6,086
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #7

    so please explain as you do for normal people.
    Does not compute.
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