Solved How to Share a Vista computer drive with home network?

November 19, 2015 at 08:14:13
Specs: Windows 64
I have a new computer running Windows 10 connected to an old Vista computer - the Vista computer has a 1 Tb unused hard drive which I would like to access from the Win 10 computer. I can't seem to puzzle how to do that.

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#1
November 19, 2015 at 19:57:31
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You have to decide if you want to share the entire drive or just a folder or two. I would recommend putting at least one folder on the drive, right click on it and select properties, Sharing Tab, and share this folder. Then you need to designate a user or users and their read/write rights.
If you want to share an entire drive, I would recommend shrinking the current partition and creating a new partition on the drive, formatting it, and making that entire partition share (similar procedure as for the folder in My Computer) for just that 'drive'.
About the only difference is that to create additional folders with the top one you would have to go back to the Vista machine or put them into a single primary folder that is shared.
The reason I would not recommend making the entire drive shared is to protect the integrity of the system, system files, and other things that might be deleted that are important.

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#2
November 20, 2015 at 05:56:55
Thank you for taking the time for your thoughtful suggestions. I am going to try the "folder" approach.

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#3
November 21, 2015 at 05:23:45
That has been my preference. Let us know how it goes for you.

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#4
November 21, 2015 at 08:12:38
I did as you suggested, and everything works. Thank you.
However, that is not the end of the story. At the same time I switched to the form of sharing that requires specific users to login with password: this was suggested by all the sources I consulted. Now, all the drives on the machine are available from the new machine. All the drives means the original D: (shared), which is a partition of the original drive, and the recently installed 1 Tb drive (I called it X: so as not to trample on drive letters on the new Win 10 machine, which appeared to be happening early on). I don't really understand what happened to make everything so transparent, but I am not complaining!
Again, thank you!
-- Oldmac

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#5
November 23, 2015 at 16:33:36
As long as you list the user as full rights on the Vista drive or folder and they log in with a password once then they will be recognized as long as they are logged into their computers with the same use name then they need do nothing else.
You are welcome.

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