I have followed most of those and in fact, the filesharing 101 is the one that i am talking about with the permissions being greyed out. Also, i want to restate, i am trying to share a drive (USB) on a mac and access it from winbloze 7 using smb://. Anything else i can try?
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I understand, but those were the only articles I was able to track down that seemed possibly relevant.
I found this article: Share OS X Lion Files With Windows 7 PCs, but I'm not sure if this is germane.
Have you designated the drive as "Shared?" Do this by selecting the Desktop disk icon. Press COMMAND-I to open the Get Info window. Check the box labeled, "Shared folder." I believe you need to also designate a shared folder on the Windows side.
I've also found a number of articles by doing a Google search, but some of them are a bit old. Another article: Mac 101: File Sharing.
Activate the Finder window and select Help from the Help menu. Search for "file sharing." There's a whold set of help articles that may be useful.
Have you designated the drive as "Shared?"
This is where, i believe, the problem is; under users: the access/permissions are greyed out. Is there a safe way to reset the permissions on the usb drive? Should i try this:
I just dont want to make it so i can not get to it at all