Dumb question: File sharing?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Dorkington, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Dorkington macrumors 6502a

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    This is getting to the point where I feel like I'm missing something silly and simple.

    I have an external drive that I keep most of my media on. I want to share it with my network. The computer with the external devices is a 24" iMac with 10.6.6 installed.

    I go to System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing

    I hit the "+" icon on the left set, add the folder on the external drive.

    (this is where it starts getting weird)

    Permissions for the external drive are greyed out. I can't edit them at all. But it all indicates that Read/Write is available for everyone.

    For testing sake, I also have folders shared on my internal hard drive as well.

    I log on to the network on another Mac, browse to the iMac as a guest. It shows my internal drive folders fine, but nothing for the external drive folder. Ok, so I log in with my admin information, and I remember this would show you all the volumes. It's only showing the system volume, and none of the external drives or the other internal partition.

    I'm kind of lost.

    Help? :confused:
     
  2. walterwhite macrumors 6502

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  3. balamw, Jan 29, 2011
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  4. Dorkington thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Gotta love asking before doing the most basic of troubleshooting.

    I repaired permissions and restarted, and now the shared folders are showing up.

    *head desk*

    Hopefully the problem doesn't crop up again though.

    For future reference, all of my drives besides the system drive and time machine are formatted FAT32.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Lots of funkiness recently with FAT32/exFAT.

    e.g. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1086583 all within Windows 7 and required a chkdsk.

    Personally, I don't think it's worth it on anything but a thumb drive. NTFS/NFS+ or NAS all the way.

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