Mounting a network drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by regre7, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. regre7 macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I have a large IDE drive in my PC at home. I use my MBP at home most of the time, and I sometimes do stuff with larger files, so I'd like to be able to access it over my wireless network. It is NOT the main (system) drive on the PC. Is there any way that I can mount it as a network drive in a format my Mac can read and write to?

    Just in case it's important, here's my wireless setup:

    MBP (AirPort Extreme)


    Linksys Wireless-G Router-----(wire)------PC (onboard ethernet)
  2. Temujin macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2005
    Sure. All you have to do is right click a drive choose Properties and turn on sharing (in Windows of course). This will enable you to read and write from and to the drive.
    On your MBP browse for Network files or drives in Finder and choose the now shared drive.
    That should do it.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Note that in the case of a shared network drive you can read/write to NTFS since Windows is the one doing the actual writing...

    The only drawback to this approach is that it requires your PC to remain on while you want to have access to the drive. If you want to turn off or sleep the PC, you might want to conisder a sulution like the Linksys NSLU2 or some other network drive enclosure.

  4. scanlanlee macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2006
    Go onto the PC and run the network sharing wizard
    Then create a folder to share from ( i am presuming that the PC only has one partition)
    Call the folder something like MAC and then right click and select sharing, share the folder and make sure that you put a check in the box for 'allow other users to change files'
    then from your MBP you should see the PC in Finder | Network select it and select the folder you will only have to use a username and password if they are set up on the PC - create an alias and every time you double click your shared folder will open like magic (and you will be able to read/write even if the drive is formatted NTFS)

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