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Windows 7 File Sharing with Mac OS X

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  lwm's Photo
Posted Nov 03 2009 09:29 AM

If you want to share your Windows 7 files with Mac OS X users, use the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol in Mac OS X.

The following steps outline how you can view shared folders in Mac OS X:

  1. In Finder, select Go→Connect to Server....

  2. Specify the “smb://” prefix, followed by the IP address (or computer name) of the Windows 7 computer and the “:139” port number. Click Connect.

  3. If the connection is successful, you will be asked to log in to the Windows 7 computer. For sharing with everyone, select the Guest account and click Connect.

  4. You will be asked to select the folder to mount in Mac OS X (see Figure 3.15). Select the folder and click OK.

  5. Finally, the shared folder is now available in Mac OS X.

Figure 3.15. Selecting the shared folder to mount

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  ziki's Photo
Posted Feb 04 2011 05:10 AM

Iwm, thank you very much for this post. The ":139" port wasn't even required after all for me to connect from Snow Leopard to Win 7, but I had different problem: the password.

Everybody please keep in mind, that the password is required to be set on the Win 7 PC. Otherwise the network connection wont work! I obviously had admin password off on my PC at home, but after seting it up i finaly connected after following Iwm's steps.
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Posted Oct 18 2012 03:36 PM

No mountable volumes show up, though I was able to log in. There must be something else that need to be done on the windows side besides setting the folder (on the windows machine) for sharing.