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Windows 7: Need help sharing DVD drive

21 Feb 2010   #11
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I wish I could test this out for you, but all my machines are now converted to Win 7 because I wanted to use Homegroups. It might work if you can figure out a way to add the D drive to one of the Public Sharing folders and share the drive from there.


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21 Feb 2010   #12
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by athurschwell View Post
Tried, didn't work unfortunately (but I appreciate the help anyway). Added an account username/password to the Vista machine (w/ the DVD drive) that's identical to my Toshiba username/password, but no go. DVD will map to my Z: drive on the Toshiba but otherwise still get the "inaccessible" message. Any further ideas most welcome --
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All of my machines are now 7, but when I had the 7 RC on my Dell mini and Vista Ultimate on my desktops, I added the username/password from the mini onto my desktop so that I could access the DVD-RW.

If you need a cheap external DVD reader, look for a Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD external drive, should be $30 or so and work great on the netbooks.
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24 Oct 2010   #13
dtgVA

Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
 
 
SOLVED! Finally!!

Well it's been over 7 months since I started this thread. Let me share what I just discovered today was the problem. Two weeks ago I bought an Asus external DVD burner for my 1201N since I didn't have any initial success sharing the DVD drive on my Gateway laptop. I noticed on my wireless home network I could easily share the Asus drive with the Gateway with no problems at all. Well, with both the 1201N (Win7 32) and the Gateway (Vista 64) I was logged on with administrator rights. HOWEVER, in order to share the internal DVD drive on the Gateway laptop, I have to be logged in on the 1201N with the Win 7 built-in Administrator account. This account is different from one you create that has admin rights. "The built-in Administrator account is an account that has full access and permission on the computer, and will not be prompted by UAC." Here's a link for instructions on enabling and disabling the built-in Admin account. The instructions are the same for Vista. (Thanks Brink!!)

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/50 tml?filter

Hopes this saves some aggrevation and maybe a few bucks.
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24 Oct 2010   #14
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dtgVA View Post
Well it's been over 7 months since I started this thread. Let me share what I just discovered today was the problem. Two weeks ago I bought an Asus external DVD burner for my 1201N since I didn't have any initial success sharing the DVD drive on my Gateway laptop. I noticed on my wireless home network I could easily share the Asus drive with the Gateway with no problems at all. Well, with both the 1201N (Win7 32) and the Gateway (Vista 64) I was logged on with administrator rights. HOWEVER, in order to share the internal DVD drive on the Gateway laptop, I have to be logged in on the 1201N with the Win 7 built-in Administrator account. This account is different from one you create that has admin rights. "The built-in Administrator account is an account that has full access and permission on the computer, and will not be prompted by UAC." Here's a link for instructions on enabling and disabling the built-in Admin account. The instructions are the same for Vista. (Thanks Brink!!)

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/50 … tml?filter

Hopes this saves some aggrevation and maybe a few bucks.
Thanks for reporting back in dtgVA, I knew about the built in Admin account but havn't had to use it to share anything. I think maybe that turning off UAC might have also fixed the problem but can't say for sure.

One thing for sure is that it's easy to share the D drive between Windows 7 machines but I havn't tested it with Vista yet.
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14 Mar 2014   #15
friendlymentor

Windows 7 Business x64
 
 
Windows 7 sharing of DVD Drives

I had the same problem as several here in trying to share out a DVD drive. However, after setting Everyone as having all permissions, when I tried to get the drive to work from another computer across the network, it refused UNTIL I placed a DVD in the drive. Then the sharing worked fine.
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