The System: Two identical Win7 Dell PC's set up as a home network as follows: Cable modem connected to D-Link router, each PC and a Buffalo LS-XL 3TB NAS connected to the router. All wired connections, no wireless. The Buffalo NAS is named as the (N:) drive, accessible from each PC. We store photos and videos on the NAS, and being able to access it from either computer was the idea. Everything has worked fine for well over a year.
All Win7 updates are current, Virus scans come up clean. All cabling has been checked/substituted/swapped to make sure I have no cable issues.
A friend set this system up, I am very much a novice and frankly really don't understand "shares" or how they are set up. Screen shot "01" below shows the setup in Win Explorer. Note: The red "X" across the icon for the (N:) drive was not there before this problem occurred.
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The Problem: Last week, suddenly when my machine, "PC#1" booted up, I got a network "path not found" error in my system tray. See "Error 01" screen shot below.
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I went into Win Explorer and saw that the (N:) "share" below (C:) had a red "X" across the icon for the NAS. I tried to expand the (N:) share line, and after chugging away for 30 seconds or so, I got the same error message above. Also, the LS-XL3D2 device was missing under Win Explorer "Network" line (where PC#1 and PC#2 are shown)
Went to NAS Navigator and the following window appeared, showing the NAS in "EM" or "Emergency Mode".
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Researched it online and determined I needed to re-flash the NAS firmware, which I did, downloading the zip files for the correct model I have.
I now can once again access the NAS from either PC by expanding it under "Network". However, two problems remain...
(1) The (N:) share still shows a red X across the NAS icon. If I left click on the share or try to expand it, 15-20 seconds go by and I get the network "Path not found" error.
(2) I get the following error window in the system tray every time I boot my machine (PC #1). It goes away after 10-15 seconds, but the fact that it comes up at all isn't right.
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Okay, I've muddled through getting access to the NAS back, but these error messages tell me something is still amiss. As I mentioned above, I have almost zero understanding of shares, how they operate, how they're set up, and what to do to fix something like this. Trying to figure this out using Win7 Help or trying to locate/read/understand anything that Microsoft puts out there is pretty much impossible for me. The guy who set the machines up for me fell off the face of the earth so I'm stuck.
Can someone please help me understand what the problem is and how to fix it? Please keep it "dumbed down" as much as possible, I'm in my 60's and anything other than operating the software I own, e-mail, etc. is way beyond my knowledge base, but I can follow directions well. Thanks very much in advance to anyone who can help.
Edited by hamluis, 18 May 2015 - 10:31 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Networking - Hamluis.