I have two drives,
C: is the main hard drive, and
D: is my external hard drive that is connected via USB.
On my computer, I'm able to access both
\\localhost\d$ fine. However, when connecting from other devices,
\\\10.0.0.8\c$ is a valid folder (as in allows me in with my correct credentials) while
\\10.0.0.8\d$ replies with "Access Denied" no matter if a password was entered or not..
According to many reports, this seems to be a bug caused by a computer policy which enables the auditing object access over network, however - The setting in question is disabled; it's never been turned on at all. Point is, I can't turn it off because it is already off.
Others have suggested to rather use admin shares, use a regular share to any folder that isn't the root. Unfortunately, the "Access Deined" error still stands when trying to access a shared directory that was on the external drive
D:. Even with full permissions, anything on
D: would yield an "Access Denied" while anything
C: would function just fine.
Symbolic links (remapping a
C: folder to be simply an alias of said folder in
D:) does not seem to work at all.
What could be causing this problem, and how would I allow access to my external drive? Could a different policy or some hidden Registry setting be causing it?
It's worth noting that I tried accessing with both another Windows 10 PC, and through my Android phone.
Update: So upon further investigation, the "Access Denied" message appears whenever:
- The specified path does not exist, or:
- An error occurred while accessing said directory, or:
- The request was received successfully, but the response wasn't returned in full (ie. a mid-response disconnect), or:
- The specified path exists, but you do not have permission to view it.
The equivalent of:
For the example above, it's the first point. A blank endlessly loading window appears for the third point.
The "Forbidden" message means that:
- The specified path exists, and you do not have permission to access it.