Have you ever tried to share entire drive on the network in Windows 10? If you are seeking for the same then this content will help you to do so. Before starting the sharing process be sure that the ‘File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks’ is installed on your system. By default, it is there but if not try to install it first.
While sharing the drive you can decide what permission to give and what not and with whom it should be shared on the network. You can also share a single file or folder on the network. In this section, we will discuss the steps to share the entire drive on the network in Windows 10 system.
Steps to Share Entire Dive on networks in Windows 10 System:
Step 1: Open your Windows 10 ‘File Explorer’ and decide which drive you to want to share. Once you decide right click on the selected drive.
Step 2: From the displayed options hover your mouse over the option ‘Give access to’ it will flash an option ‘Advanced Sharing’. Click on Advanced Sharing to start the sharing of the drive.
Step 3: A new window consisting of drive properties will pop up where you have to go to the Sharing tab.
Step 4: In Sharing tab under Advanced Sharing section click on ‘Advanced Sharing…’.
Step 5: Again, a new ‘Advanced Sharing’ window will pop up. Here, you have to check the checkbox ‘Share this folder’. Further, you have to click on the Permissions button to enable necessary permissions.
Step 6: A new Permissions window will pop up that have sharing permission for the drive. First, you have to select the group or the users with whom you want to share the drive. Under ‘Group or user names:’ section select whom with you want to share the drive with and Under Permission section check the what kind of permissions you want to give.
If you want to add users or groups then click on the Add button. A window will pop up where you have to enter the name of the user or group with whom you are sharing the drive. Like I have entered ‘Guests’.
Click Apply and OK.
So, this is the method of sharing an entire drive in Windows 10 system. You are also allowed to share a file or a folder from the drive-in case you don’t want to share an entire drive. Hope the content is useful. Keep reading.
Thanks for the nice article! I have one question: I want to do this temporarily as I copy files from a laptop to my desktop. Once done, I’d like to revert to the shared folders I had previously. In other words, once I’m done sharing the whole drive and I “unshare” it, will the folders I had previously set up as shared still be available?
This still does not work for me for what ever reason I can see the shares but I still cannot access the drive
Girish Gangan says
Even for me the saem thing is happening. I am able to see the sahred drive but when clicked its not opening.
kw y says
So far, the drive (or folder) has been successfully shared. How can this shared drive be accessed by by another computer in that network?