Red crosses on network drives

  HighTower 10:34 22 May 2003

I use windows 2000 on two computers and share drives between them both. Often the drives have a red cross under them which I previously understood to mean that they were disconnected or offline. However double clicking them connects me to the drive almost instantly, but the red cross remains.

The system works fine, I'm just curious as to why the crosses remain. Anyone clarify this for me?


  recap 11:32 22 May 2003

When you see a red cross in W2K it usually means that you do not have the permissions to view that item. A security policy has been set to restrict access to them, only administrators should be able to view them. Why they are still there is a bit of a puzzle, you really should not be able to gain access to them.

  HighTower 12:13 22 May 2003

Thanks for that, you've probably pointed me in the right direction! I'll post back when it's resolved!

  stlucia 12:46 22 May 2003

Several of the network drives on my work PC have red crosses, and it's never caused a problem. The connections seem to be always there despite the crosses, and I can use the drive; but developing recap's answer a bit further (and I'm surmising now), the ones with red crosses contain one or more files or folders to which I don't have access.

It is a bit confusing, because sometimes ALL my drives have red crosses against them, and that means that the network has crashed again!

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