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By: smayer97

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:16:25 +0000

Just some notes about lessons I learned spending endless hours trying to figure this stuff out: First important lesson: - Mac OS and Windows do not automatically see/recognize each other via ANY network lists, whereas by default Windows will see other Windows computers and Mac will see other Mac computers automatically. (if anyone else knows of a way to make this auto-discovery work across platforms, please share). Second big lesson, there are 2 DIFFERENT SYNTAXES used: - EITHER \\IP address OR \\NetBIOS Name - OR smb://IP OR smb://NetBios name Note carefully the backslash vs forward slashes. If one does not work, try the other. In all cases I have tried, when you use the explicit syntax wherever access to a Network drive is required, it should work. BIG TIP: avoid using IP addresses. This way you can save the link to computer or folder and no not have to remember or adjust your links if/when the IP address changes by the router (unless you purposefully use Static IP addresses). All the above works from Mac OS 10.6 to 10.12 (so far), and Windows 7 to 10 (so far); may work for older versions too. HTH

By: bnasty

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:53:35 +0000

OMG. spent hours trying to map a damn smb share residing on my mac, from my pc. literally everything in mac/windows support/forums says syntax is "\\smb:x.x.x.x\". all I did was take out "smb:" and was able to connect. The crazy thing is that I cannot even ping the smb @ buuut wtf i, ON TH share. regardless, this article showed not to use "smb:". Thanks.

By: Jim

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:04:51 +0000

I've been trying to connect to a shared folder on my Mac Mini (running OS X EL Capitan) from my Windows laptop (running XP). I can ping the Mac but I cannot connect to it. I've set up the sharing on the Mac exactly as outlined, using the SMB option. Thoughts? Thanks!

By: ifno

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:32:37 +0000

This works flawlessly to share files between OS X EL Capitan 10.11 and later, with Windows 10 on any PC. I use it all the time. Thanks! If you are not following the instructions you can't share the files. Mac to Windows, easy.

By: Hox

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:23:38 +0000

Doesn't work at all with windows 10 and mac osx el capitan.

By: JohnH

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 21:56:17 +0000

I have Mavericks 10.9.5 trying to connect to a XP SP2 computer. My Macbook pro could see the shared device but not connect. I tried RDC 2.01 but that failed also. The XP computer had been on a Windows Domain so I changed it to a Workgroup with an 8 Alpha Character name. After a reboot I was able to see the shared drives and copy files to my Mac NAS device.

By: Benji

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:34:48 +0000

I tried connecting to Win 7 PC from Mac OS X 10.9 but cannot establish connection (connection failed).What should I do?:-(

By: sneakernet

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:54:29 +0000

On Mac OS 10.5, I dont have to check the “on” box next to the account for an SMB public share to be accessible over the LAN… but in Mavericks, it does not work either way: I can connect to an AFP share on Mavericks from a machine running Leopard, but I cannot connect to an SMB share on Mavericks from a Mac, or from an SMB client on Android, or an SMB client on my networked Blu-ray player. Mavericks is just focking broken. If it works with Windows, that must be the ONLY thing it works with.

By: Ernesto

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:15:15 +0000

This is a great tip! I remembered having some difficulties with SL to Vista. But Mavericks and Windows works awesome and flawless! Thank you for the tutorial!

By: Send a File to Multiple Remote Macs or iOS Devices from the Mac OS X Finder

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:37:58 +0000

[...] this uses iMessage, recipients in the PC world will not be able to get the file, you would need to use standard Windows file sharing instead. But for any receiver who is in the world of Apple, this is a great way to bulk send a [...]

By: Mike

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:03:03 +0000

I'm having the same problem as Julia. I don't get to enter my username; it's pre-formed for me in the dialog box that asks for the password. Also, in my sharing preferences, my Mac's IP address doesn't show up, just the Mac's name, and a long (meaningless) string.

By: Paul

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:39:24 +0000

In Windows Enter \your mac username Then enter mac password You mac is probably not on a domain but on a workgroup so \ will be fine.

By: Julia Tavis

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:52:34 +0000

I made it all the way to this point: <> Windows XP is asking for me to enter "DOMAIN/username" What's the domain? It's automatically entering something that isn't working and I don't think it's correct. Ugh!

By: Jon

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 03:36:03 +0000

Can anyone help i've been trying to do this but only on a bluetooth connection, my pc can already access the shared folder but can overwrite the file. it just keeps copying the file on my mac and cannot update the document to update the one on my mac. is there a way for the pc to be able to update the file from its end?

By: kenneth

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:46:46 +0000

this working for me for few day, after i restart the Mac, window 7 no longer able to view the file. keep asking for the user name and password. try three different computer, got a same problem. please help~~~