Unable to Access Shares on Windows 7 PC

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Meat Axe, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Meat Axe macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2010
    Hey everyone.

    I'm really hoping someone can help me out. I've been searching for an answer to this all day, and while I've found some examples of people with similar problems to me, nothing seems to help.

    Basically, I'm trying to get all of the files off a hfs partition on an external harddrive so that I can reformat the drive. The problem is that my Windows machine is the only one with enough space to do this, and, of course, Windows cannot see the hfs partition, and I can't remove it.

    So I've been trying to copy the files from my Macbook Pro across the network. Unfortunately, this is the part that has proven difficult. My Windows machine does not show up in the list of shares in Finder, so I need to use Go > Connect to Server... While this works initially after first booting up, it seems to disconnect after a few minutes and all attempts to reconnect just display a connecting box for a short while, and then an error message; "Connection Failed. There was an error connecting to the server. Check the server name or IP address and try again."

    I can ping my Windows machine, so there is nothing wrong with the IP, or the connection on a basic level, but for some reason I cannot connect. I've tried disabling Firewalls on both machines, and that hasn't helped. One thing I did notice is that the connection seems to remain stable as long as I do not access the network on my Windows machine. For instance, earlier this evening it disconnected as soon as I tried to use the internet.

    Anyway, any help anyone can give me would be much appreciated.
  2. wildbill macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2007
    I was pulling my hair out a few weeks ago trying to get my iMac to see a share that was on my Windows 7 box. I don't know if this is a similar issue, but my issues were that there were some permissions that needed to be set on the share for the Mac to see it. There was also a setting that allowed to access the share without a username and password. Unfortunately I am at work so I cannot tell you which screens you will need to go to.

    I did some google searches, and looked at the Windows 7 help files under network sharing to work through it. Sorry I cannot be more help right now.

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