File Sharing between iMac and Windows 7 laptop

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iqwertyi, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. iqwertyi macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007

    I want to share a USB drive connected to my iMac to my Windows 7 laptop.
    I followed these steps on my iMac to share the drive:
    But, I don't see it in my Windows 7 laptop (I am checking it with Windows Explorer).

    I am new to iMac and this file sharing thing.

    What am I missing?

  2. Nextitsolutions macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2011
    File sharing

    What OS is on the iMac because the instructions you followed are for v 10.5, for 10.6 I'd make sure file sharing is ticked in system preferences and that the drive is added to the shared list in the same system preferences location,
    Then I would map it as a network drive on the Win 7 system.

    That works for me.

    Hope this helps
  3. iqwertyi thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    I am using Lion
    Under System Preferences, I do have a check under File Sharing.
    I added the entire drive (USB Connected Drive) and under "Users" to the right, I see my name (twice) and "Everyone" but the Read & Write options are greyed out. I cannot select them.

    Now, on the top, I do see the address
    but when I go to my windows machine and try to map the drive under tools, map network drive, I get
    "Windows cannot access afp://192.168... etc.

    I could have sworn I tested this before with another drive and it showed it, but I had removed that drive and placed a new one, now it doesn't work.
  4. iqwertyi thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    I want to add,
    when I click on options, I see "Share files and folder using AFP" and Share files and folders using SMP (Windows)" checked

    Underneath, there's an account with my name and checked. When I try to uncheck it (to test), it prompts me for my password, but it doesn't uncheck?

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