Username & password required for external hard drive access

August 26, 2012 at 07:57:04
Specs: Vista home premium 32 bit
Hello,

I am looking for some advise regarding the access to an external hard drive that I have set up on my wireless network.

When I try to do an automated Windows backup (off my Vista based laptop files) on to an external hard drive which is connected to my wireless network (through a Belkin router) I am being asked for a user name and password to access the connected hard drive on the network. The thing is that I don't remember setting up a username and password for the hard drive at all.

I can paste single files mannually onto the external hard drive without being asked for a username and password.

I did perform an automated Windows backup off my other Windows 7 laptop and was not ask for a username and password.

What am I missing? I am pretty sure it is an easy solution and it drives me crazy. Can you somebody advise where to find the username and password information please?

Thank you


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#1
August 26, 2012 at 08:01:15
Have you tried entering in the password for one of the accounts on the Windows 7 computer?

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#2
August 26, 2012 at 10:21:40
Thank you, but the challenge is that I did not set up a password or username on the widows 7 computer. When I accessed the external hard drive over the network through the windows 7 computer it did not ask me for a password or username either.

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#3
August 26, 2012 at 14:25:45
What you may need to do is take ownership of the drive on the Windows Vista computer. You need to right-click the backup folder on the drive, choose properties, click the Security tab, click Advanced, then click on the Owner tab. See if that does anything.

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