First experience with a NAS

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  1. Posts : 13,979
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #1

    First experience with a NAS


    I just pick up a ZyXel 325 NAS. Added two 1TB drives as individual drives (JBOD they call it).
    I can map the drives as Y: and Z: via Map Network Drive but I can't see them from a Command Prompt.

    Is there some way to access the NAS volumes so I can access them via command prompt or a batch script?

    Google searches have not turned up anything useful.
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  2. Posts : 4,634
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #2

    Hi Rich -

    Does this help you?


    Command Line Method:

    To map a drive using the command line, please open a "Command Prompt" or "PowerShell" window.


    Command Prompt commands:


    1. View list of network drives
      net use
    2. View list of current drives
      wmic logicaldisk get name
      or
      wmic logicaldisk get caption
    3. Command to map a drive
      net use <Drive_Letter>: \\<NAS_IP_or_Hostname>\<share> <password> /user:<user> /persistent:<yes|no>
      Example: "net use z: \\nas.local\admin mypassword /user:admin /persistent:yes"


    PowerShell Commands:



    1. View list of network drives
      net use
    2. View list of current drives
      get-psdrive -psprovider filesystem
    3. Command to map a drive
      net use <Drive_Letter>: \\<NAS_IP_or_Hostname>\<share> <password> /user:<user> /persistent:<yes|no>
      Example: "net use z: \\nas.local\admin mypassword /user:admin /persistent:yes"


    You will need to modify the syntax a bit.

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  3. Posts : 13,979
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I have the drive mapped okay, I just can't access it from command line.

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    C:\WINDOWS\system32>dir z:\

    The system cannot find the path specified.C:\WINDOWS\system32>
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  4. Posts : 4,634
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #4

    Hmm...

    Try it from an elevated command prompt.
    Can you list from other drives, or does it fail with just the NAS drive letter assignments?

    If not, try this:

    3 Ways To Access Network Path Using Command Line In Windows 10

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  5. Posts : 13,979
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
    Thread Starter
       #5

    My command prompt is always Admin
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  6. Posts : 13,979
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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       #6

    I can see shares using IP address but not Name which sounds like a Computer Browser problem.

    First experience with a NAS-2022-06-28-14_39_47-administrator_-command-prompt.jpg

    and I can see right down to directories and files:
    First experience with a NAS-2022-06-28-14_42_52-administrator_-command-prompt.jpg
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  7. Posts : 4,634
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #7

    @Ztruker -

    Try this command syntax -

    C:\ pushd \\NASIPGOESHERE\FOLDERNAME | dir z:\

    Works for me.

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  8. Posts : 13,979
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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       #8

    dir \\172.16.103.182\public works as I showed in my last post as does anything under public.

    None of the following work.
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>C:\ pushd \\172.16.103.182\public | dir z:\
    'C:\' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>pushd \\172.16.103.182\public | dir z:\
    The system cannot find the path specified.
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  9. Posts : 4,634
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #9

    @Ztruker -

    Wait. Try this on the command line instead, I just remembered it.

    cd /d Z:

    Or

    cd /d Z: | dir




    P.S. I don't understand why this switch is not implied by default.
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  10. Posts : 11,244
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #10

    @Ztruker

    What does diskpart -->List Disk -->select disk -->list vol show.

    The other thing is if the NAS is operating as a JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) it will be acting as a single aggregate drive -- I have similar but on a Linux NAS where I have 4X 5TB HDD's as a single 20TB drive . Windows just sees it as a single 20TB network drive.

    Go into the "Storage management" facilities to see what is being mapped. It might show a Storage space or a single drive which should be addressible. Individual manual accesses to either of the drives shouldn't be possible -- the whole process is meant to be transparent to the user with the OS balancing up and scheduling the Disk I/O.

    If you want individual addressibility the NAS might have a setting "Individual disks" and for faster speed / performance or whatever some versions of RAID might be an option as well.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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