Networked Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lonegeek, May 25, 2006.

  1. lonegeek macrumors member

    lonegeek

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    I just relized this today... If i have a windows pc sharing a hard drive with ntfs ... can i mount this as a network drive in osx...?

    Thanks Zach
     
  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    yes. (as long as the sharing is set up properly in Windows, and, obviously, the Windows box is on). Across the network the file system is (mostly) irrelevant, as it's the host that does the interfacing on behalf of the network.

    You should be able to pick up the PC in Finder>Network easy enough, or if that fails through "Connect to server" (apple-K) with smb://[pc ip address eg 192.168.0.10]/sharename.

    Macs belong to the Windows workgroup "WORKGROUP" by default, but you can change that in Directory Access to match the PC's workgroup if it's something different. Enable Windows Sharing in the Sharing prefs if you want the PC to be able to see the mac.

    You can even mount NTFS drives directly on X, but you can't write to them.
     
  3. lonegeek thread starter macrumors member

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    Well i can i mount it as a network drive? i need to be able to write to it....
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    If the rights and permissions are set up you can write to a networked NTFS drive, even though you couldn't if it was hooked up locally. Just remember that the remote user need to have access both to the network share and the files in the shared directory.

    B
     
  5. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    sorry. should have just put "yes" on it's own.

    Finder > Go menu > Network on the mac should show your PC under a folder called Workgroup.

    Double-click on the PC name to open it.

    It'll probably ask you for username password, which you can leave blank if it's just a straight "let anyone do anything" share on windows.

    The PC shared folder should open as a Finder window and appear as a network drive icon on your desktop.
     
  6. lonegeek thread starter macrumors member

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    So basically if its working in windows now...(as a shared drive) it will work on a mac....
     
  7. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Yup, works for me. I connect using Finder > Go > Connect to server, into which I enter smb://the.ip.address.here/SharedDocs and presto, connected :)
     

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