On my Windows 2008 system, I've attached an external USB drive that's encrypted using Truecrypt. Once I mounted the Truecrypt drive, I share some of the directories from that drive using Windows file sharing. I tried sharing a folder called "media" and when I try to access that folder from a Vista client on my LAN via \myserver\media, I get this error:

\myserver\media is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

An unexpected network error occurred.

If I share the folder media under some name such as fizzbuzz then I can access \myserver\fizzbuzz w/o any errors.

Any clues as to why this is happening?

Related: Windows 2008 and Truecrypt: how to automatically mount shared folders after restart?

  • Sometimes the Event Log (eventvwr.msc) gives useful information. Jun 18, 2009 at 14:52

2 Answers 2


Media might just be a reserved share name?

Try checking fsmgmt.msc and look for anything similarly named.

Also, instead of Server 2008 - Windows Home Server would be MUCH better suited for your use!

  • I check fsmgmt and it doesn't appear that "media" is reserved. Perhaps this is some Truecrypt/Windows file sharing oddity. I considered WHS but I went with Windows 2008 b/c I'm using Vista at home and I wanted to take advantage of the SMB2 speed improvements.
    – Sajee
    Jun 19, 2009 at 12:27

I'm going to guess "media" is reserved for some Plug-N-Play style magic Windows itself might use for media sharing/playback; like IPC$ is for other uses.

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