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# 19784 1-Mar-2008 12:59
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I have bought a 250GB Seagate Freeagent not that long ago.  I was planning on using is a pseudo NAS drive. However I have come across a problem.

When I share a folder from the drive, it seems to want login credentials to access the shared folder.  None of the usual account logins seem to work.

I have simple file sharing enabled, have shared the file with read and write access.  Even if I access the share from the computer the drive is physically hooked up to, it still asks for username and password.

My OS is Windows XP SP2 if that makes a difference.

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  # 114237 2-Mar-2008 21:58
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I have spent the past two days looking on the internet for a resolution to this, but still can't find anything. Seagate seem to have done something shifty to stop you using the drives as a NAS device.

I have e-mailed Seagate support in a vain effort to try and find out how to fix this.

:update:  seems to almost be an XP issue.  I can get it to work fine on my laptop using Vista Home Basic.  Will try another XP box tomorrow

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  # 114262 3-Mar-2008 00:38
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i'd be curious to see how this works out for you. how do you make your freeagent to act like a NAS?

 
 
 
 




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  # 114285 3-Mar-2008 09:24
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dnb4life: how do you make your freeagent to act like a NAS?


that is what I want to know too. Why can something so simple can be so fecking hard and time consuming. I swear Seagate have done something shifty.

I thought I had fixed it by reformatting the drive to FAT32, but that didn't work either.

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# 114286 3-Mar-2008 09:30
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The Seagate Freeagent is just a USB drive (the pro version also is an ESATA drive) not a NAS unit. So you can't blame Seagate for "making it hard".

What you want is to attach it to a server PC in your lan and share the folders. For this to work you will need to have the same username and passwords from your clients on your server or domain. If not then you will be asked for a valid username and password for that server.

Also you will need to configure security settings for folders and drive to allow users read and write access as required - which is not on by default.





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# 114287 3-Mar-2008 09:32
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By the way I have six Seagate FreeAgent plugged to my Windows Home Server here for a total of 2.5 TB. And they all work fine.






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  # 114288 3-Mar-2008 09:45
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freitasm:

The Seagate Freeagent is just a USB drive (the pro version also is an ESATA drive) not a NAS unit. So you can't blame Seagate for "making it hard".

What you want is to attach it to a server PC in your lan and share the folders. For this to work you will need to have the same username and passwords from your clients on your server or domain. If not then you will be asked for a valid username and password for that server.

Also you will need to configure security settings for folders and drive to allow users read and write access as required - which is not on by default.



Yes, that's exactly what I was doing.

Step 1: share folder on XP machine. On simple file sharing, set to "share folder on network" and "allow other users to change my files"
Step 2: on the same pc (ie localhost) type in the machine ip (192.168.xxx.xxx), open the shared folder.

upon doing this, it asks for a username and password, which my username and password won't work.

I have tried 'complicated' file sharing, but with no luck there either.

That is my problem and why I am grumbling.

Is there something I am missing?

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  # 114357 3-Mar-2008 17:09
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Is there anything on this drive? Can you plug it to the computer where it's going to be served from and format it with NTFS again. Then create share and before you click OK click on [Permissions] and make sure you add "Everyone" to the list.




 
 
 
 


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  # 114410 3-Mar-2008 20:28
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...speaking of NAS units, anyone know of a good reliable one thats either got 2 slots for 1TB each or 5 or 6 slots for smaller hard drives? or anyone know of a good website for comparisons as i'm finding it difficult to research these. if it proves impossible i think i mite just make myself a media centre computer instead.



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  # 114525 4-Mar-2008 09:36
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it seems it's something odd with the way my home PC is set up, tried it on another box and it works fine.  That PC is due for a reformat anyhow.

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