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Network sharing issue

I posted this once, but I think it ended up in the wrong place so I am re-posting it...

I have a PC (running XP home) with an external HD and a printer attached to it (USB).
Both are set to share with the computers on the network and ''Allownetwork users to change my files'' is checked as well for the externalHD.
I have a home network through my wireless router, and a total of 3computers access the WiFi (the above mentioned computer and 2 others).I would like the 2 other computers to be able to share the printer aswell as the external HD of the desktop. Currently both computers areable to print through the printer and both computers were able toaccess and use the external HD - great.
Something happened about a month ago where one of the computers(running XP Professional) stopped being able to access the HD. It stillcan print but it gets some errors accessing the HD:
The HD is not accessible.
You might not have permission.
Not enough server storage is available.

There should not be any permission issues - it is allowed on thedesktop and in fact the other wireless laptop can access the HD. Itdoesn't seem to be a connetivity issue b/c it shares the printer tothis computer just fine. There is plenty of space on all the computersas well as the HD

What I tried was to delete the HD from my network places and then re-instate it. That didn't work either.

Any suggestions?

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  • yschlussel Feb 09, 2009

    well, I typed on both computers and the response which I got was ' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
    I don't know if it matters that it is completely wireless (?)

    Anyway, I found the IP address of the main computer and pinged it from the troubled computer and I had all the packets received with 0% loss.

    I guess that is OK

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    Do a loopback on the network card to ensure it is in good working order. Get to the DOS prompt and type in Hit return and see if all the packets come back. Then if that is ok, find out the IP address of your computer with the hard drive it is accessing (ipconfig /all) at the dos prompt. Then do a ping on the troubled computer substituting xxx with the address of the computer with the hard drive on it and see if it comes back ok. This will rule out the network card and we can narrow it down to something else.


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Check the all of the computer you have, make sure they are all in the same workgroup. and have same users rights from the share folder, both on the HHD and the printers.

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