Currently I have two issues I'm attempting to resolve
- Why cannot my three laptops access the shared drives on my desktop?
- When I open Windows Explorer and click on Network on my four PC should the view on each system be very similar (mine are not)?
I've searched for solutions, tried numerous things (too many to remember) and so far I don't have a solution. I'm open for suggestions. Following is a rather lengthy explanation, hopefully I've included enough details but if not please ask.
I have four PCs in my network all have Win10 x64, Pro
- S4 is my desktop with a clean install of Win10 x64 Pro but I still have quite a way to go with this effort. It also has 11 drives that I share to the other systems (more on this issue later). Following is the disk management view
- Lenovo - this is my wife's laptop, it only has one HD with several small partitions created by various windows upgrades, one 150GB partition for the OS, one 500GB partition for data and one partition for the original window install and the Lenovo recover (this partition I should delete in that I will never be going back to the factory image). Following is the disk management view.
Win10 x64 Pro is the OS and it was upgraded from Win8.1 which was upgraded from Win8 (I think this was a clean install). I'm not sure what OS was originally installed on this laptop
- W700 - this is my laptop, it is a OLD Lenovo ThinkPad W700, I don't recall what OS was originally installed but I went through the upgrade path Win8 (I think this was a clean install), Win8.1 and now Win10 x64 Pro. It has a SSD, a HD, two locally attached USB drives, 1 -eSATA attached drive and currently one network drive (this is from my Desktop, AKA S4 or at least this is what Disk Management shows). Following is the disk management view.
- Sony - this is a VERY old laptop that originally has WinXP installed. I clean installed Win7, clean installed Win8, upgraded to Win8.1 and then upgraded to Win10 x64 Pro. It has only one HD that has three partitions. One is the Window 10 recovery partition, one is the OS and the 3rd is for data. This system is to be used to monitor my Solar installation. Following is the disk management view.
From the desktop I've shared out with full permissions, no ID required on S4 from the other systems all of the HDs except for the boot drive. Thus the laptops should be able to access any of the shared drives with full permissions. However this is NOT the case and I cannot determine what is the problem. I've gone to each laptop (Lenovo, Sony, W700) and attempted to access all of the drives but on two of the systems I cannot, following are more details.
- Lenovo - from this system I can access all of the S4 drives
- From the Sony laptop, I cannot access five of the drives (highlighted in red in the following image)
- From the W700 laptop, I cannot access the same five drive that the Sony cannot
If I go to each of the four systems and open Windows Explorer > Network I expect to see basically the same view but I don't see the following images.