Newly installed C: drive not visisble to my network

By haynaguy@echoes
Jan 21, 2005
  1. I recently installed a new C: drive in my Primary Computer. I have run the Network Wizard on both my Primary Computer and Secondary Computer but the new drive doesn't show up in the network on EITHER machine. The drive works fine, is accurately listed in the CMOS and readily accessible in My Computer as well as any file manager.

    How can I get this drive to be recognized my network which is a simple two machine hookup with no server. Both machines have all drives set for file and printer sharing.

    Any suggetions will be greatly appreciated.
    Jack Ayres
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    This may be a stupid question, but have you shared your C drive? Just because the 2 computers are networked doesn't automatically make everything between them accessable over the network, you have to allow specific directories or drives to be shared explicitly, or they will not show up.
  3. haynaguy@echoes

    haynaguy@echoes TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, everything is "wide open" insofar as the Sharing and Security options are concerned. This is really a mystery to me.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Same Workgroup?
  5. haynaguy@echoes

    haynaguy@echoes TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Same workgroup, yes and it doesn't matter if the Windows XP Firewall is active or not. I have the two computers in the network listed as exceptions. It is only the one drive on the one machine that is "invisible." The two drives on the second machine are all ok and printer sharing is fine.
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    cables should be crossover
    someone just ask a question like this before
    check microsoft web site for your OS
    with XP I think all you have to do is run connect wizard
    make sure the files you want to get to have sharing enabled
    don't use the default $c$ rename it
  7. haynaguy@echoes

    haynaguy@echoes TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I temkporarily reinstalled my old C: drive and that is not recognized either.

    Keep in mind the C: drive is not even listed in Mshome. All the Sharing and Security settings give everybody permission to use everything but that doesn't help because I can't even select the C: drive.. it isn't there as far as the network is concerned.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    so your saying when you click on the icon
    what machine names do you see
    you will have to navigate to the network
    click on entire network click on windows network
    you should now see the network group click on that you should see
    the machine names of all the pc's on network you will not see (C:\)
    if you know about mapping network drive leave alone for now
    if you don't see your machine name your nic card is not config right
    when you added this drive did you make sure it was setup with the same workgroup name
    and just to make sure add the netbuei protoco to your nic card
  9. haynaguy@echoes

    haynaguy@echoes TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I found my problem. After exhausting all other efforts I tried to Repair my Windows XP operating system. Three efforts were terminated by XP before the process could finish.

    I then formatted the C: drive and did a fresh installation of Windows XP. Afterward I ran the Network Wizard and set the Security options for both of my hard drives and now the network recognizes my C: drive on both computers connected to the network.

    So the problem was Windows.

    Jack Ayres
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