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hello folks,  I am new to DB so please be patient with me. I have some permissions issue that I can't resolve.   Here is my setup:

  • I am running a windows 10 PC which doubles as (1) the home theater computer and (2) as a backup server for all family / work files.
  • The pool consists of two 6T drives running from an external enclosure connected via a USB 3.1 port. No RAID configs. The pool is mapped to the letter P: (I know, I am not being too original here...) 
  • The PC has two accounts:
  1. The HTPC account is limited used by everyone in the family to watch movies, etc. It  is logged in automatically at startup, requires no password and has a disabled UAC.  The media files are stored under P:/MEDIA
  2. The Admin account used to configure the backup program which runs a service in the background. The backup files are stored under P:/BACKUP

The idea is to make the HTCP account only see the MEDIA files and not the BACKUP files.

Now, here is what I did:  when logged from the admin account I navigated to  P:/BACKUP folder and used properties/sharing/advanced sharing to set the permissions allowing read and write access to  the admin user only.  In contrast I allowed the HTPC user to access P:/MEDIA files.

I then logged into the HTCP account and mapped the MEDIA folder to letter M:/  so all my media files became accessible from M:/MEDIA  so far so good - this is what I thought.... But here is the problem:  the entire pooled drive P:/ remains visible from the HTCP account including full access to the BACKUP files. I am unable to remove the mount point P because it then also removes the mount point M.  The sharing on the P drive doesn't seem to work at all.

What I am missing and how to restrict the HTCP account from seeing the BACKUP files?

Thanks and sorry for somewhat detailed posting




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Welcome edo.

To be honest, I'm not sure what the answer is, as I only have single accounts on the servers where I run DriveBender.

Have you checked the permissions within DriveBender?

It may be possible to create a separate folder mountpoint and grant access to this mountpoint only to your HTPC user.

Have you read through the FAQs for DriveBender - https://support.division-m.com/hc/en-us/categories/201693583-Knowledge-Base-Drive-Bender

If none of that is possible, and in lieu of any other answers, you could raise a Support Ticket (https://support.division-m.com) and get the devs involved.

Let us know how you get on.

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thanks for the info- yes I have reviewed the FAQ. Also I have created the separate mount point M:/ for the MEDIA folder, however the point P:/ remains accessible from the HTPC account.  I will contact the devs.

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I have received the following  response from Anthony. Alas.:(   



Hiding a drive letter based on the logged-in user is not possible, as the drive letters are mapped at the system level (and are not "user aware"). The only solution I can think of is to flag the backup folder as hidden... but then its not visible to anyone, but still accessible if you know its there.

Anthony Smith - Division-M

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