Having trouble taking ownership of USB network drive

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       05 Jul 2018 #11

    RobN17 said: View Post
    I'm trying to use Windows Sync Centre to keep my networked media files in sync with my folders on my PC. Is this a complication?
    You have Pro, it seems. 'Offline Files' are not available in Home (even though MS seem to think they are).

    I don't use the Sync Centre as a rule, but I have just tested it on my 10 Pro test machine (System Two in my specs below). I made one of the folders on my shared network drive available offline. Of the 230 files and 89 folders it contains I get one sync error: Access denied. In my case it's a .zip archive file, though other .zip files in the same folder sync without a problem.

    In fact, it's not just Sync Centre, no machine on my network can open or even copy that particular file - and it's my router's Admin account that is denying access.

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    My next step (once all sync activity is complete) will be to dismount the HDD from my router and attach it as an external drive to my PC so I can see in what way (if any) that .zip file's permissions differ from the files I can access.

    Edit: results of further testing...

    With the HDD as a local external drive I can find no difference to explain the 'access denied' for that one .zip file, all permissions look identical to the files I could open over the network. As a local drive, the file in question can be opened and copied without a problem, so the .zip file itself is not corrupt.

    Returning the HDD to the router that one file is still inaccessible, restarting the router made no difference. One thing I am allowed to do is to rename the file. Having done so, I could then copy the local copy I had made while connected as an external HDD back up to the same folder in the network share - that one I can open, just like the rest of the files in that folder.

    I'm at a loss to explain why my router is denying access to this one particular file. If I find out later I'll let you know.

    In the mean time, one other thing the router would allow me to do is delete the file. I suggest that for any such file for which you have access problems you delete the file from the share and upload a fresh copy in its place. Having done so for my 'problem' file the Sync Centre now reports successful synchronisation.
    Last edited by Bree; 05 Jul 2018 at 11:35. Reason: further tests
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