Can't open files from external HD Tags: Hard Drives Laptops HD Storage Last response: June 4, 2010 3:47 PM in Storage Share tottieon May 18, 2009 9:46:16 PM I installed a new external HD E: connected to my Desktop XP Home SP3. I am wirelessly networked to laptop Vista Home Premium. Sharing is on and network is operating fine. Problem: I can save and retrieve files originated on DT to E: When I try to open a file on my laptop I get the message: 'Can't open read only document' If the file is in a folder the message is: 'You do not have permission to access the file "\\mycomputer\E:\filename" ' "Ask the server administrator to give you permission to access the file" I am the administrator on both computers. How can I access these file from my laptop? Thanks More about : open files external belcherman June 4, 2010 3:02:56 PM Don't expect an answer on here. I had a question about an external drive and it is on here for a week and not one reply. pilotkira June 4, 2010 3:47:31 PM make sure you've done the following steps: - Give each computer a name - Assign a workgroup name - Set up a protocol (for Windows XP) - Enable file sharing - Share your folders if you've done everything or want me to explain something, clarify what you need Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedTOSHIBA external 3.0 can't open file Forum my hd is being detected by my laptop but i can't open the files Forum Unable to open files on external hd (from dell w/ dead mobo) with toshiba laptop Forum XP to Win 7... can't open old files on external Forum Can't open my external LaCie HD in Windows 8 Forum Can't copy files to External HD Forum Can't find files on external HD Forum can't read all the files on my external hd Forum Can't access files on my lacie external HD in windows 8 Forum Help, Can't copy files to any external device (usb HD) Forum SolvedI find files in "c:\documents and settings\owner" which I can't open Forum SolvedCan't open my external HDD Forum SolvedCan't open files Forum SolvedCan't Copy Files from Mac to External HDD Forum SolvedPlease help!!! My downloaded files go to Windows Player and VLC and I can't open them. My pc has antivirus (Avast). Forum I can locate my external hard drive but can't open it. Forum Solvedcant open exe files Forum Solvedcant open exe files on windows, simple step by step guid Forum SolvedI've got a perfectly readable usb external drive. But suddenly I can't move, copy or rename the files. I get a frozen system Forum SolvedCan't open any .exe files Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !