Solved How to share files with two Dell laptops.

Dell / Inspiron 17r
August 13, 2020 at 09:22:21
Specs: windows 10, 2.3/8
I have tried to share files between to Dell laptops that are connected to the router with Ethernet cables. I was able to get the shared icon for the external hard drive that is attached to Computer #1. Following an uTube video, I tried to "run" Computer #1's Ipv4 address on Computer #2 but got an error message that access was denied.

I previously posted "How To Back Up Two Computers With One Device" but did not receive a solution.

Thank you.
Brian


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August 24, 2020 at 13:44:06
Windows Key + E opens File Explorer.

Once that's opened, you should see the attached external USB drive. It will be assigned a drive letter (example: Z)

Right click on it and select Properties >> Advanced Sharing.

On this window check the box beside "share this folder"

Below that click on "Permissions"

I would say leave the "Everyone" Group with "read" only permission. Click on the "Add" Button. Add any users you want to grant access to here and give them "read/write" (change) permission. Click "apply" and "Ok" as needed to get back to File Explorer. You should have an accessible share (theoretically).

For more detail on creating/adding users, go reread my how-to guide. You can get to it by clicking on my name above.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***



#1
August 13, 2020 at 11:48:02
This is the other (original post):

https://www.computing.net/answers/n...

I suspect that more experienced win-10 users than I may resolve the sharing/access issue: In NT, W2K, and XP days it was so easy... But with win-10 it seems???


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#2
August 14, 2020 at 13:52:21
Dun a wee trawl for a discussion I came across a while back re’ settings that may need to be set or reset in order for file sharing to actually happen. Not the post I was looking for but...?

https://tinyurl.com/yxspe5jl

https://tinyurl.com/yxcos32b

This link (has screen shots partly in French) whilst not directly involved – who knows if the condition discussed has been setup by default; and thus can be cleared?

https://tinyurl.com/yxjlw2y5

and this link has a different approach and offers a few suggestions re’ where to look etc.?

https://tinyurl.com/y3suwyuk


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#3
August 14, 2020 at 16:04:52
trvir,

Thanks for listing some possible sources of information that might help me resolve the issues I am having trying to file share. I am very skeptical about working on the registry as I have read that a mistake could turn my computer into an expensive paper weight.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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#4
August 14, 2020 at 16:40:58
Yes registry tweaking is not for the feint hearted; and more than a few have wished they'd not gone there. Sadly many don't bother to make a backup of it first; and even more omit to make a full (and restorable) backup of the system first. Those backups can save one's life - and sleepless nights should they be required.

But have a careful read through the steps and see if you can spot any settings that are already there and perhaps ought not to be; which is what the post I referred to was all about. I cannot find it again sadly. For some reason I didn't bookmark it.

As earlier a phone call to M$-land might be useful?


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#5
August 14, 2020 at 18:30:42
trvir,

I contacted Microsoft and found out there was a fee for getting support. I’m not quite at that point yet but I might be if I can’t figure out file sharing.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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#6
August 14, 2020 at 21:19:10
I have made lots of changes to the Windows Registry over the
last 20-25 years. Although I've fouled up Windows in other ways,
not once has a change to the Registry caused any problem that
I couldn't easily fix. Sometimes I realized that the change I made
was bad, and decided to undo it, but I could always do so either
by changing the key values back to what they had been, or by
deleting the keys I created, or a similar action. I don't think I ever
had to use a full Registry backup or System Restore to fix it.

I have been somewhat judicious in the changes I made, of course,
but only somewhat...

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#7
August 15, 2020 at 09:17:35
Jeff Root,

Thanks for your comments but I’ll stay away from making changes to the registry.

Brian W


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#8
August 17, 2020 at 03:38:15
Are the 2 computers win 10?
Do you have a password on the accounts you want to share?
If not change setting on this page:
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings

See "Sharing folders using File Explorer":
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-...

Another way of sharing files is using OneDrive (MS cloud) similar to Apple icload


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#9
August 18, 2020 at 04:40:53
sluc,

Thank you for your assistance. I tried your suggestions and unfortunately they did not work. There must be a value in either Computer # 1 and/or Computer # 2 that is not set correctly. You guys have spent enough time trying to resolve this issue to which I am thankful; I'll stay with my old method of swapping out external hard drives between the two computers.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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#10
August 18, 2020 at 05:00:09
So I was looking this over and had a lightbulb go off over my head. I wrote a small "how to" about file sharing on Windows about 11 years ago. This is it:

https://www.computing.net/howtos/sh...

It may help you out. The problem isn't creating the share on windows. It's always connecting to it from another computer. This little guide helps eliminate Windows asking you for a username/password when connecting to a share on a remote PC.

NOTE: I've never tried this with an external USB drive. The only things i've ever shared between computers was a folder on a hard drive installed on that PC It should be the same with an external USB drive.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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#11
August 18, 2020 at 08:03:59
Curt R,

Thanks for your suggestions; unfortunately they did not work. Something is not set correctly and I can't find it. I have tried at least 20 uTube videos and none of them worked. So, it's going to be moving the external hard drive back and forth between the computers in order to share files.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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#12
August 18, 2020 at 11:28:21
Curt R,

After unsuccessfully trying many uTube videos about file sharing, I decided to look at other conditions needed to file share. I ran a Microsoft network diagnostic program on both computers and got the same error message on both: "Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resources (DNS server) is not responding." Is this the cause of being unable to file share? If so, how is this corrected?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#13
August 19, 2020 at 08:31:50
sluc,

After unsuccessfully trying many uTube videos about file sharing, I decided to look at other conditions needed to file share. I ran a Microsoft network diagnostic program on both computers and got the same error message on both: "Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resources (DNS server) is not responding." Is this the cause of being unable to file share? If so, how is this corrected?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#14
August 22, 2020 at 08:14:51
DNS shouldn't affect this. When connecting from LAN device to LAN device you won't really be using DNS, especially if you map using IP address.

You can test though. Let's say you've named the external USB drives #'s 1 and 2. Let's look at USB1. You've attached it physically to the PC (PC1) and now you want to make it available to all LAN users. You open File Explorer and right click on USB1 and select "Properties" from the pull down menu. On that screen you select the "Sharing tab" then click on "Advanced Sharing" and proceed to share the drive.

PC1 = 192.168.1.101
PC2 = 192.168.1.102


When you go to map the drive from PC2, you have two choices....the computer name, or it's IP.

example of hostname:
\\PC1\USB1

If that's how you've been mapping, try it with the IP address as follows:

\\192.168.1.101\USB1

This all of course assumes you've shared the drive properly. DNS is NOT required to share the drive on the PC it's attached to....it would only be required if you map using the hostname and possibly not even then because you're on a LAN and not trying to attach to a share on the other side of a router.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#15
August 23, 2020 at 06:51:40
Curt R,

Thank you for your assistance. I do not understand your directions starting with "...and proceed to share the drive.". Please advise.

Thanks again,
Brian W


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#16
August 24, 2020 at 13:44:06
✔ Best Answer
Windows Key + E opens File Explorer.

Once that's opened, you should see the attached external USB drive. It will be assigned a drive letter (example: Z)

Right click on it and select Properties >> Advanced Sharing.

On this window check the box beside "share this folder"

Below that click on "Permissions"

I would say leave the "Everyone" Group with "read" only permission. Click on the "Add" Button. Add any users you want to grant access to here and give them "read/write" (change) permission. Click "apply" and "Ok" as needed to get back to File Explorer. You should have an accessible share (theoretically).

For more detail on creating/adding users, go reread my how-to guide. You can get to it by clicking on my name above.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#17
August 27, 2020 at 08:20:51
Curt R,

Thank you for your continued support. I now have file sharing between my two laptops.

Thank again,
Brian W


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#18
August 27, 2020 at 10:59:00
Olay and even cafe au-lait..

Perseverance pays...

Well dun you for so hangin in there...

Now you know how it all works...

I figured Curt would get you there in the end. He’s one of a select few here who are really into networking issues and the like; and familiar with the irritations of win-10 as well in that regard.

Macs are so much easier..., especially when compared to win-10...

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#19
August 27, 2020 at 11:48:24
trvir,

Thank you for your assistance in resolving this long-standing issue.

Brian W


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#20
August 28, 2020 at 06:48:09
I'm glad I could help. Truth be told, I haven't created a share like that on windows in years........like as far back as XP.

trvlr
Mac's are easier for sharing because their operating system is UNIX based.

:)

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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