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  1.    29 Apr 2017 #1
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    How to set up shared drive for multiple users


    Hi all,

    Recently got myself a new computer (laptop), and just wondering what's the best way to set this up?
    I have a (256Gb) SSD which is for Windows/programs, and 1TB HDD for docs, pics, music and game installs.

    My computer is shared between my wife and I, and we both have a user account. SSD is C drive and HDD is D. I've redirected libraries/folders for both user accounts so that they are pointing to D:\User Data\Music etc, but how do I set this up so that everything on D is accessible to both of us (without requiring admin permissions)?
    Everything is already in place, but any time either of us tries to move, create or edit a file, it requires admin rights. I've messed around with sharing and permissions, but don't seem to have it sorted... D: properties say the drive is "shared" and everyone has "Full Control" in security (not ideal I know, but just trying to get this working), but doesn't seem to help.

    Any suggestions?

    PS. No other PCs on our network at present, so no Homegroup, although I turned this on while transferring from the old laptop.
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  2.    29 Apr 2017 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by therog1 View Post
    D: properties say the drive is "shared" and everyone has "Full Control" in security (not ideal I know, but just trying to get this working), but doesn't seem to help..
    Sharing a drive means it can be seen and accessed from the network, but you and your wife are trying to access it locally, not across the network.

    For local access you need to set local security permissions. Look at the properties for your 'D:\User Data' folder. On the Security tab edit the permissions to add yourself and your wife's account, granting both full control. Or you could just add (if it's not already there) the Users group and grant that full control, that would allow access to anyone who can log on.
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  3.    29 Apr 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Sharing a drive means it can be seen and accessed from the network, but you and your wife are trying to access it locally, not across the network.

    For local access you need to set local security permissions. Look at the properties for your 'D:\User Data' folder. On the Security tab edit the permissions to add yourself and your wife's account, granting both full control. Or you could just add (if it's not already there) the Users group and grant that full control, that would allow access to anyone who can log on.
    Ah, thank you for the explanation! I'll have a go at that and let you know how I get on.
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  4.    29 Apr 2017 #4
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    Its best to save and share things outside users folder by default even admin cant access the folder so messing with it is bad. Create a folder and use that outside users. The safest and simplest is to use free google drive store files on that install the app on both pc and it will sync files on its own. It means its safe in the cloud and synced on both pcs. So no need to share
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  5.    29 Apr 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    For local access you need to set local security permissions. Look at the properties for your 'D:\User Data' folder. On the Security tab edit the permissions to add yourself and your wife's account, granting both full control. Or you could just add (if it's not already there) the Users group and grant that full control, that would allow access to anyone who can log on.
    Ok I tried this. I've unshared the drive, and all the groups under security have "Full Control" (these groups include "Autheticated Users", "SYSTEM", "Administrators", and "Users"). Even added my username specifically, but still no good... Still get a UAC popup when deleting a photo?? Any thoughts?
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  6.    30 Apr 2017 #6
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    Therog1, so you have computer A that is sharing D:\ and you want access to this remotely from computer B, but are struggling with the permissions. On computer A you need to ensure the permissions for the share D:\ as well as the NTFS permissions for D:\ are configured correctly.

    If you are after more hints, make sure the share permissions are set to “Everyone, Full” and post the NTFS permissions for D:\ for us to analyse. Please also provide an example of what you are trying to do and where the problem occurs.
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  7.    30 Apr 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
    Therog1, so you have computer A that is sharing D:\ and you want access to this remotely from computer B, ...
    No, the problem is there's just computer A, but users A and B on the same computer want full access to a common folder so they can 'share' documents.
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  8.    30 Apr 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
    Therog1, so you have computer A that is sharing D:\ and you want access to this remotely from computer B, ...
    No, the problem is there's just computer A, but users A and B on the same computer want full access to a common folder so they can 'share' documents.
    I wonder what the networking talk is about then.
    Quote Originally Posted by therog1 View Post
    PS. No other PCs on our network at present, so no Homegroup, although I turned this on while transferring from the old laptop.
    I’m sure Therog1 will return to have the issue clarified.
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  9.    30 Apr 2017 #9
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    As post 4 need to save outside users folder were you can give permission
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  10.    30 Apr 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
    I wonder what the networking talk is about then.

    I’m sure Therog1 will return to have the issue clarified.
    Yes, Bree is correct. No networking. One computer, two users, I want them both to have common (and fully accessible) documents, pictures, music folders.
    I'll also clarify at this point: both users can access the folders in question, and perform actions, but one of us always gets a "Admin approval required" box. It is this annoyance that I want to be rid of.
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