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Couple of Issues Related to Network Drives

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    miraclemandi

    miraclemandi New Member Thread Starter

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    When I got this laptop back in 2013 it had Windows 8 Home 64-bit on it. I tried to learn it but had to restore it to factory when I woke up to an automatic install of Windows 8.1 on two separate occassions. I read a bit online and found this was a precursor to forcing Windows 10 so I bought Windows 7 Pro and haven't looked back.

    Of course this means I've got some new issues that I didn't experience with Windows 8.

    There are two specific ones that I would love to either solve or find a work around; Both of which I'm sure are related as they involve my network drives (and it seems an issue with Windows 7):

    #1 In explorer (also in CubicExplorer Portable and Explorer++ and in Voidtools Everything) (I like to use 32 bit windows due to having many 32 bit shell extensions) while viewing an external drive after a few minutes of glee and enjoyment eventually upon right-click, the window(s) and/or program(s) hang/freeze/crash (not necessarily in that order but at least one or another happens).

    #2 Whenever Windows is restarted I always get this message about 'Could not reconnect network drives'

    So in my googling I've come across this site. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Amanda
     
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    Welcome Amanda.

    Win 8 is a predecessor of Win 10 & yes Microsoft tried its best to move people to Win 10 but you were not forced. It was just pain in a-s-s kind of situation.

    Of course this means I've got some new issues that I didn't experience with Windows 8.

    There are two specific ones that I would love to either solve or find a work around; Both of which I'm sure are related as they involve my network drives (and it seems an issue with Windows 7):

    Are you using Win 7 32 bit or 64 bit ?

    The crash can be due to a misbehaving shell extension. To find out which one, the only way is to, remove all the extensions & then reinstall one by one to see which one crashes.

    Have you mapped a network drive? This message just means that Windows is trying to reconnect to mapped drive & cannot find it.
     

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    Yes I have mapped it every time as it seems to be the only way to get it back
     
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    What network resource are you mapping? Is it a NAS or a network computer drive ?
     
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    I have a WD MyNet N900 Dual Band Router with a 3TB WD MyBook Essential and a 5TB Samsung D3 Station.Everything is wired. I do have a wireless network used mainly for my Roku & my mom and my brother live next door and they connect to it.
     
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    Out of all these, which ones have you mapped ?
     
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    I've mapped both of them. I've got the D3 Partitioned as 2 drives so I have 3 drives mapped.
     
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    I suspect the culprit in the mix is the router. Those drives are not network drives by themselves (not NAS, Network Attached Storage). They are usb external drives. The router has 2 usb ports which can be used to turn usb drives into NAS drives.

    If the router has the capability in its Web based control panel, assign each attached drive a static IP address according to the router's IP block used for static addressing. That way, negotiating connections will be faster and more efficient because windows Networking services will not then depend upon the router's DHCP. And once the drives have been mapped their saved location (in Windows) will never change.

    If setup properly there actually should be no need to map the drives, they will persistently show up in Explorer or any other file manager.

    The same should be done for networked printers.
     
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    Thank you TonyT I am going to try it right now. I'll let you know how it goes.
     
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    I've tried since my last post but I can't figure it out. I've googled it as well but so much information comes up that I end up wasting my time. I'll try again in the morn. Thank you. Be blessed! Amanda
     
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    This particular router doesn't has separate IP for the external USB drives. It exports them as shares which are accessed by \\routername\External_Drive_folder-name.

    Are you sure that you are mapping the drives correctly ?
     
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    Well, no wonder I couldn't find the ip's. It's possible I do not have them mapped correctly.
     

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