One of my shared drives is asking for a passw

May 12, 2009 at 21:01:32
Specs: Windows Vista x86
I have 5 HDs in my PC. 2 are shared. One keeps asking uses for a password (happens to be my pc password and don't want to give it out) but the other just lets people in. Why would one drive ask and the other not when the settings are EXACTLY the same on both drives? I have read THOUSANDS of people asking this same question and have seen no answers... except for people telling them how to share a drive or add users.

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#1
May 13, 2009 at 07:18:38
Have you checked the ACL on all shares?

Do you have the exact same user accounts on all shares?

Does the share requesting passwords not have some of the user accounts that are on the ACL's for your other shares?

All I can tell you is what I've been taught, seen, and learned on my own and that is, you only get password requests like this when the person attempting to connect to a shared drive doesn't have a user account added to the ACL of the share with appropriate permissions.

I highly recommend you begin troubleshooting this by checking out your shares and ensuring that the one requesting passwords actually has the correct user accounts added to it's ACL.


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#2
May 13, 2009 at 08:42:45
Ya, all I did was right click on both drives and choose "share". I did the same thing with both of them and they both say "everybody". I have seen other people with this problem and they all seem to be Maxtor drives. Both my drives are Maxtor but they are different models. I have tried un-sharing them both and then re-sharing and I still get the same problem. I don't know if some HDs have this built into them? Or maybe because one drive is external and one is internal? However it is the internal that wants the password. I have tried adding everything I could to the "share" settings and still nothing. I am at a loss.

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#3
May 13, 2009 at 09:18:49
Ok, it's not the hard drive manufacturer ok. I've got Maxtor's myself and never had this issue.

Ya, all I did was right click on both drives and choose "share". I did the same thing with both of them and they both say "everybody"

That was on the Sharing tab Property Sheet for the drive. When I said ACL I was talking about the Security tab which are the NTFS permissions. You need to add user accounts there. If you haven't, then you will need to in order to make the share stop asking for a password.

I'll go through this for you once. Try it and see if it fixes things.

2 computers:

PC 1:
username: user1
password: PassWord

PC 2:
username: user2
password: pAsswOrd

Note: the above username/password are the credentials used to logon to the respective computers at bootup.

Now you have lets say, PC 3 which has a share you want both the users on PC 1 and 2 to be able to access.

On PC 3 you would make two user accounts using the exact same credentials used to logon to PC's 1 and 2. So when finished you would now have the following two user accounts on PC 3:

username: user1
password: PassWord

username: user2
password: pAsswOrd

You would then open the property sheet for the share in question. We'll pretend you've already shared the folder on the Sharing tab. Now you would click on the Security tab and add both new user accounts to that share (ie: user1 and user2) and give them appropriate permissions based on what you want them to be able to do.

Now, once you've done the above. User1, logged in on PC 1 would map a drive to that share and will not be asked for a password. The same would be true for user2.

I have tried un-sharing them both and then re-sharing and I still get the same problem. I don't know if some HDs have this built into them? Or maybe because one drive is external and one is internal?

As I said above, this issue has nothing whatsoever to do with the physical hard drive. The shares and permissions are applied through the operating system (Windows) and it's there that you need to allow access via the ACL and user accounts.


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