External Hard Drive Permissions Not Working Across Local Computers

  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro

    External Hard Drive Permissions Not Working Across Local Computers


    I'm stuck on something that I just do not understand. I cannot get my external hard drives to give me write permissions over my local network in some directions.

    I recently replaced our hard drives with SSDs and with the reinstall, I had some difficulty getting the permissions on my external hard drives working correctly. I did several Google searches and read a procedure that I needed to go through adding a user called "Everyone" to each of my drives that I wanted to access and share. I did this and gave "Everyone" full read/write permissions and also went into advanced options (or wherever it is) and chose the checkbox to give all child files and folders these same permissions. It took ages but eventually it all seemed OK. I had one folder which could not be corrected this way and ended up having go change each file individually. Total pain. Anyway, I thought I was all set but if I try to move a file from Machine A to Machine B (the drives are attached to B), I get an error that I don't have permission to do this. No overrides or Admin permissions are an option and when I check the specifics it *is* correctly shared with not only Everyone but this machine as well (so it attempted to fix the permissions itself at some point). However, if I go to Machine B and grab the files from Machine A over the network, I can drag them to the correct location without problem.

    I want to understand why this is happening and what I need to do to fix it. Clearly, something isn't correct in the permissions somewhere but I cannot understand what or why. Any help troubleshooting this would be so, so wonderful and very much appreciated. I love to learn as I do this and would really appreciate understanding what went wrong.

    Thanks so much!
    PS Both machines are Win 10 Pro and are connected to the same local network, Homegroup and workgroup.
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  2. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    I thought it may be helpful to be more specific about the error message I receive.

    I get an error box that pops up and says "Destination Folder Access Denied" then "You need permission to perform this action" then "(folder name), Type: File Folder, Date Modified: (xyz). My options are "Try Again", "Skip" or "Cancel". This is what is so weird. I get no option to "Continue" for it to try to gain permission and I get no option to override it as an Administrator action which is often another option. I'm really quite stuck. It doesn't matter if I'm trying to use the internal SSD or one of the external hard drives, the error message is the same. I know the permissions work as I can see everything and it's perfect backwards from that computer to this one.
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  3. Posts : 1

    Found this thread trying to solve the same issue.
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  4. Posts : 11,247
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there

    1) are these external HDD's defined as SHARED on the computer these HDD's are connected to
    For example HDD G might be defined originally as shared when it was connected to Computer A - but if you have it now connected to Computer B it won't necessarily be defined as shared so the rest of the network won't have access.

    2) Who has permission -- in the permissions tab on Disk properties you might need to add the user who needs to have access.

    Windows Networking as I've often said before is really primitive in all sorts of ways --this is one of them.

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