Connect Mac to PC to share external hard drive - never prompted for password

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Qast, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Qast
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    (I apologize if this is the wrong forum).

    So, here's the deal: I have a 250 GB external hard drive preformatted in NTFS. I am trying to network my Macbook and my PC in order to give the Mac access to this volume. I would like to keep it NTFS due to file size restrictions (of Fat 32) and the drive will be given back to someone who uses Windows exclusively.

    When I try to connect to the PC, I receive an error saying, "Could not connect to the server because the name or password is not correct." The problem is, I am never prompted to enter a password.

    I ran the wizard on Windows to create a small network. The workgroup is the same on both machines. I have tried doing it wirelessly and wired. I have enabled Windows and Personal Files Sharing on the Mac. I have disabled the firewall on the PC. I have set the volume up to share.

    When I look at the "Network," the workgroup of "Mshome" shows up; however, it shows up as being "Zero KB." In other words, there is no 'space' there.

    It has become rather frustrating. I don't know why it is telling me the name and password are incorrect when I haven't even entered the name or password. Yes, I have made sure my account has a password. I've run the network wizard several times--although I'm not sure if there are several different networks; I'm not sure where to even find that.

    When I use the "Go" and "Connect to server" I use the following syntax: smb://IP/Mac -- it doesn't work. I'm not even sure what to do at this point.

    I have installed MacFuse and the NTFS-3g driver on the Mac, but it seems rather slow and I'm nervous that it's buggy and I'll lose data.

    Your input is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. eluk
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    If you "Connect to server" with the following syntax: smb://IPaddress you should then be offered a choice of available shares to connect to.
     
  3. Qast
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    I did try that as well. It did not work. I was never prompted for a password or anything. :/
     
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    Were you offered any servers?
     
  5. Qast
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    No. I'm not offered anything. I simply receive an error it "could not connect to the server because the name or password is not correct." Like I said, I can see "Mshome" in network and open the folder, but zero KB are available.
     

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