HELP! hooked up to a pc to transfer files .. what is a sharename?!?!?!?!?

yukon0013

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Jul 3, 2006
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when i am on the mac and i am going to transfer files from a pc.. it asks for a sharename ----> smb://IP address/sharename .... what is the sharename?!???!?!
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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In this case, I think it's a username that has access to the files you're wanting to access on the PC. If you leave it out, I don't think it matters all that much. It'll ask you for it in the next dialogue box.
 

Grafdude@gmail.

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Jul 28, 2007
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It's the name of the shared folder on your windows machine, let's say your shared folder or partition on your windows is named "DATA", well you then need to type smb://IP/DATA
 

balamw

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Aug 16, 2005
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It's the name of the shared folder on your windows machine, let's say your shared folder or partition on your windows is named "DATA", well you then need to type smb://IP/DATA
Super minor clarification: it doesn't have to be the folder name, it's just a name you assign to the folder when you share it.

i.e. you could share a folder named "c:\document and settings\user\My Documents\stuff" as "shared", you'd access it as smb://ip/shared not smb://ip/stuff.

Note too, that XP shares the entire drive (for all fixed drives) by default as a hidden share available as smb://ip/c$, assuming you know the administrative username & password.

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