I recently purchased a My Book Live (2TB) and clearly - I’m already enjoying the benefits of a network storage. But there are also major drawbacks, I could not find how to work around yet. (For the actual question scroll down to the last sentence, all others might find deeper understanding or even some ‘how to’ on the lines in between )
I want to have
- pseudo-public shares, everybody within my network can read from, but only authorized users can modify (e.g. audio tracks)
- private shares, only authorized users can read + modify (e.g. family pictures)
When I log on to my media-PC (running win7) I want to
have instant full access to the pseudo-public folders
have no access to the private shares
be able to log on to the private shares as authorized user, being still able to access the pseudo-private ones
The way I tried to realize this, is the following:
- Create folder PseudoPublic
- Create folder Private
- Create UserA allowed to Read+Write PseudoPublic
- Create UserB allowed to Read+Write PseudoPublic+Private
For the “instant access” issue, I named UserA like my Win7 log in, giving the Win Account a password (which it didn’t have) and then using the ‘control userpasswords2’ in the run dialog box, disabling the “user have to enter password to log on”-box. This way I can use PseudoPublic-shares quite like internal hard-drives. Guests, however, can not corrupt my precious audio-collection. Even when using my log on at the media-PC, they can’t stumble upon private data.
Till here, everything works out great
But then… the drawbacks:
If I decide to access private data fom the Win7-media-PC, I of course have to enter my UserB name and password. This results in being connected to the private share via WebDAV, where it takes tens of seconds (!) to open folders and seconds to open ~1MB pics - which is completely inacceptable (no showing holiday snaps ) The speed is sometimes down to 25KB/s…
If I therefore disable WebDAV (run dialog box, enter ‘services.msc’, search WebDAV, disable, restart Win7) I cannot be connected to the Private folder.
It’s the same reason for both, I guess: there is only one connection (UserA) per server (samba server on the WD my book) allowed
I could reset my network connections via the command prompt + ‘net use * /delete’ to re-log on afterwards, but I’d loose the mounted drives.
So my question is: Is there any way to basically have this ‘switchable dual-level access’ from a win7 device, I want to have?
Cheers + Thanx for reading