Sharing Drives and Folders

Whether you are running Windows 95/98/SE/ME or Windows NT/2000/XP setting up to share your hard disk drives or folders on those drives with other users of your network is exactly the same. Right clicking on the drive or folder that you want to share will display a menu of actions that can be performed on that drive or folder. Assuming that you already have networking installed then Sharing... will be one of the entries in this menu.

Right Click Menu for a drive on a system with networking installed

Select the Sharing... option on the menu to display the Sharing Page of the Properties Notebook. Depending on which version of Windows you are running the appearance of this page will be different but the fields for setting up a basic share are the same on each.

All you need to do to make the drive or folder shareable is to click on the radio button labelled Share As, type a name into the Share Name field, and click on the OK button. The drive or folder will then show up on the other computers on the network under your computer name within Network Neighborhood (or the equivalent on other operating systems). The name that the shared drive or folder will have is that which you enter when you set up the share.

Sharing Page of the Properties Notebook on Windows NT set to Share the G Drive

This example shows the Sharing Page on Windows NT. With this operating system you need to click on the Permissions button to set up the restrictions on who has access to the share and whether they have full access or read only. NT also allows you to define multiple shares on the same drive or folder and also to limit the number of others who can access the shared drive or folder at the same time.

Windows 95/98/SE/ME does not have the same ability to restrict the share based on the individual user but there are radio buttons on the page to select the access level allowed and you can require a password to be entered by anyone wanting access.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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