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simonvee 05-12-2014 05:49 AM

Assessing Computers on a Network: Sharing ONE folder ONLY?
Hello Apple Geniuses,

I can successfully connect/share my 3 computers that is connected on the same Wi-Fi home network. To be specific, I have one Mac and two Windows computers connected and sharing folders on the same network.

I can access my Mac from Windows and vice versa. However, there is one characteristic I do not like when I share from my Mac. In other words, view my Mac folders FROM a WINDOWS PC. My Mac shares more folders than I want it to. Sure, I can share a single Mac folder from desktop to my Windows computer but I cannot restrict all the OTHER folders (movies, pictures, documents, music) that is inevitably shared with Windows, as it seems.

When I access Windows from my Mac, I can only access ONE folder from Windows. I typically create that single Windows folder on desktop known as 'My Sharing Folder'. That's how I want my Mac to be. Limited to the files or folders that I manually elect to share.

Thanks in advance

MacsWork 05-13-2014 07:03 PM

Here's the deal.

If you connect to your Windows computer by IP as a local administrator using the CMD + K option in the Finder you will only see the one share. If you specify another location such as:

SMB://windows.pc.ip.address/C$ eg SMB://$

You will see the whole C: drive.

Just like connecting to a Mac as an admin user you'll see Macintosh HD.

The assumption is that if you are connecting to a remote computer as a specified user, it gives you access to everything that user would have access to.

You can create a "Sharing" only account on the Mac which would then allow you to specify a folder to which to allow the account to have access. Perhaps in the /Users/Shared folder.

simonvee 05-17-2014 11:00 AM

Is there a step-by-step guide anywhere on the web that shows this?
I have tried but I hit a brick wall

simonvee 05-18-2014 12:48 AM

Whether I have a single sharing folder or not, my Mac seems to share that and all the videos, music, documents and videos folder too.

simonvee 05-18-2014 06:40 AM

Never mind. I have downloaded Dropbox to share files between Windows and Mac at home. I guess that method asked prior is ancient history. The process is complex and troublesome.

Does anyone know if DropBox will work anywhere in the world?
For example, if I was to take this laptop to another country, can I share files with my brother back at home? I'm thinking the answer should be 'yes'.

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