I know this question has been posed before, but I haven't seen a solution yet. I have a home network connected via a 2Wire wireless router. I have a desktop PC running XP Home, a laptop runing XP Home and a laptop running Vista Home Premium. I have a Western Digitial external, USB attached, 500GB hard drive connected to the desktop. I use this for backups primarily, but want to use it as a network share.
I know the workgroup is working properly as I can see all computers and the external hard drive from all computers on the network. I have shared the hard drive and also tried just sharing a folder on the hard drive. I have tested this with and without my Norton firewalls activated. In all cases I can see the drive/folder, but cannot access it. I always get a message saying I may not have permissions to access it followed by a message about there not being enough storage to process the command. I consider the latter to be extraneous.
On the other hand if I share the dekstop internal C drive I can access that just fine from all computers. I can also access the XP shared docs folder. So it doesn't appear to be a network or firewall issue. What is the problem?
If I try to circumvent the whole problem by connecting a network attached storage device, will I have the same problem? I have been searching for answers for two or three weeks and I have never found an answer. Can anyone help?