Accessing Shared Windows Folders

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pjrobertson, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    I've set up my XP machine to share it's hard drive (all folders) but there are still some parts I can't seem to get at (such as Application Data)

    Is this a Windows security thing, not letting me get at the 'important' files or is it just a matter of ticking a box?
    I have gone round and shared nearly every folder individually, but this doesn't seem to solve the problem (sharing without write privileges, would this cause a problem?).

    Also, as the use on my XP machine doesn't have a password, whenever I try to log into my XP account (from MAC OS X - Leopard) I can only ever be a 'guest'

    Any help?

  2. walnuts macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    You know, I think in general leopard's implementation of sharing windows folders is buggy at best. We tried accessing our work windows servers with two separate macbooks running leopard with similar results. They would connect (using a login and password), and then randomly disconnect. After disconnecting, it would be impossible to reconnect (it would simply say "connection failed", with no explanation.) It was quite frustrating and I almost lost some work as I had been working on a word document over the server.
  3. pjrobertson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    hmm...I'm not having any disconnect problems, just unable to get at the files I want to.

    I'll post back after 10.5.2 is released to see if that sorts the problem.

    Still, anybody else have any ideas?
  4. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    Yes, this is a "Windows security thing". By default in Windows XP you are using Simple Sharing which basically means that others don't have access to your private folders. Are you using Home? Or Pro? Instead of changing permissions the easiest thing would be to move the files/folders you want to give access to to a shared folder. More difficult would be (if you're on Pro) to change the permissions model to "not be Simple Shared", and give access to whoever you want. Be aware that this would mean that everyone that fits the bill has those access permissions.
  5. pjrobertson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Thanks Bobbi Flekman for explaining Windows :p

    Unfortunately I'm on XP Home, and there's no way that I'll be able to move the it's the 'Application Data' folder that I'm really after (it's where a stupid pic organiser stores the photos) and the folders constantly changing (new pic being added etc)

    I'll have a look at this 'simple file sharing' thing. Is there any hope with XP Home?
  6. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007

    Then you should be able to share the whole C drive, or just the Documents and Settings folder
  7. pjrobertson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    :D I'll try that now.

    Doesn't work in XP Home, after googling it I found this...

    It involves booting into safe mode, but that's not too hard.
  8. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    Windows XP Home in Safe Mode isn't the answer either, as most logically this would mean no network connections. You can start in Safe Mode With Networking though, but that will introduce other vulnerabilities.

    In Safe Mode many protections will not be loaded, so running in Safe Mode with a network connection would mean you are wide open to everyone and everything that wants to snoop around on your hard disc.

    If this is the way you want to go then at leat yank out the connection to the Internet as that would keep them out while you are doing the copying.

    On the other hand, wouldn't it be easier to copy the files and folders you want on your Mac to the Drop Box of the Mac account?

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