I share files just fine with my Mac.
- Enable Windows Sharing on the Mac side (in System Preferences / Sharing)
- Assign the Mac and the PC the same workgroup name (The default workgroup on the Mac is WORKGROUP, but you can change it -- check Mac help on this topic. On the PC, you assign your computer a workgroup name in the Network Setup Wizard, which is invoked when you click "Set up a home or small office network" in My Network Places)
- Then look in My Network Places and you should see your Mac drive. Double click it and log in with your Mac username and password.
- Now your Mac is accessible under My Network Places. You can read files, save files, etc.
- Some people have recommended mapping a network drive to a folder on your Mac. This will make it appear as a drive (e.g., Z: ) in My Computer. To do this, go to My Computer, and select Map Network Drive from the Tools menu, and click the Browse button to navigate to the folder you want to map. You can map your Documents folder, or any folder you access regularly, to a network drive, which makes it easily accessible.
1. If you have a MBP and you put it to sleep and wake it up in a different network, you'll have to log in again. This usually works pretty well for me, although today XP got weird on me, and kept telling me "Windows UI manager has encountered a problem and needs to close / Do you want to send a message to Microsoft?" and no matter what I tried doing, that message would keep coming up again, till finally I just stopped the machine with the red button on the Parallels console -- that's never happened before and I can't reproduce it)
2. When you restart your computer, you have to log in again to access your Mac folders. I have found this doesn't work from applications. On a Mac, if I want to save something on a network drive from an application, I just double click it from the Save dialog and a login comes up, and I log in and it saves. This doesn't work in XP. In XP, BEFORE I save, I have to go to My Computer, double-click on the mapped drive, and a login window comes up. Once I've logged in, I can save and read there from any app, just like it's my PC drive.
Last edited: Apr 28, 2006