Windows 10: Cannot Create Share to USB HD in Win 10 Solved

  1.    21 Nov 2016 #1

    Cannot Create Share to USB HD in Win 10

    Similar issues have been posted to this and other forums in the past, but I will describe my specific situation here as I believe the circumstances are somewhat different from those described in other threads:

    I have a USB hard drive connected to my Linksys EA 3500 router and am trying to create a link to it from one specific laptop via WIFI in Windows 10 Build 14965. I also have a second laptop where I had no difficulty (same Win 10 build) creating a share to the USB drive.

    When I try to create a share, using either \\ or \\LinkSys17963, the task aborts with the following error message:

    \\LinkSys17693 is not accessible. You might not have permissions to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.
    A specific logon session does not exist. It may already have been terminated.

    Because I have no issues creating shares to the drive from the other laptop or from the 3 other computers on my network, I believe there must be a problem on the laptop in question.

    Any suggestions on how I can fix this gratefully accepted.
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       21 Nov 2016 #2

    If you cannot create connection to existing share try this:
    net view \\ipaddr should list sharenames *), then
    net use x: \\ipaddr\sharename /persistent:yes

    *) message "Access is denied" means you are logged using different username/password than on other machines; see "net help use" how to specify different credentials.
    Last edited by valihrach; 21 Nov 2016 at 21:00.
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  3.    21 Nov 2016 #3

    Click on the start icon, start typing credential. At the top of the list of results, click on Credential Manager. Click on Windows Credentials. Then Add a Windows credential. For internet or network address, enter (the address to your router). If you have username/password set up on your router for access to the hard drive then enter that username and password in the fields. If not, then just enter your Windows username (account name) in the username block and leave password blank. Click OK to save it. See if you can access it then.
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  4.    21 Nov 2016 #4

    Thank you both, NavyLCDR and valihrach, for the useful answers. It was, in fact, a permissions issue. When I created the share using the router ID and password, it worked fine. Don't know why I didn't think to try that before. Guess it's "oldtimers" disease.

    Again, I very much appreciate the help!
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