Network and removable storage mapping and connectivity issues


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Network and removable storage mapping and connectivity issues


    Hey all,

    I'm posting this here because it pertains to both network and storage, and because I'm honestly not even sure how to search for this.... so here goes:

    I've got a Synology DS213j as my NAS which I've mapped to my machine to access one of the drives within the unit (Drive D: ) and my music folder (Drive M: ). I've also got a Thermaltake BlackX 2.0 (referred to from here as "toaster") with two drives which I've respectively lettered Y: and Z:.

    The two removable drives are not mapped and are being used as removable photo storage.

    The problem I'm having is:
    When I boot my computer with the toaster powered on Y: replaces D: in windows explorer (the explorer menu shows the drive is STILL disconnected and it recognizes that D: and M: are supposed to be network mapped), but M: stays as is:

    Network and removable storage mapping and connectivity issues-cap_1_y_replaces_d.png Network and removable storage mapping and connectivity issues-cap_2_m_unchanged.png

    When I cycle the power on the toaster D: connects as it should, but Y: is reassigned the drive letter E:

    Network and removable storage mapping and connectivity issues-cap_3_toaster_power_cycle_e.png

    I've got the NAS set up to automatically reconnect at login, and haven't had any issues with that happening. I'm wondering if it's merely a network latency issue and Windows is forcing another drive into the slot that's supposed to be there permanently. If that's the case: how do I stop that from happening?

    I know the simple answer is "only power the toaster when you use it", but I feel like there's a fix that will allow me to keep the toaster powered on.

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 9,792
    Mac OS Catalina
       #2

    You do know that the Synology tools work a lot better for when you want to access and sync between computer and the NAS. You need to decide if you want to map a folder as a drive or link to a folder on the NAS. Two different things. There is no latency issue that you think is causing what you are seeing, nor is Windows doing any forcing another drive into a slot, for whatever that means.

    Just make sure that you have the IP of the NAS, the NAS is set as Static on it, and that you have your username and password in Windows Credentials.

    I have the DS216+II and have upgraded the RAM to 4GB, which makes a huge change, along with running Seagate Enterprise drives and a Fantom 3TB for backup on eSATA. My speeds on Wifi perform just as well as it does when connected via Ethernet.
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #3

    bro67 said:
    You do know that the Synology tools work a lot better for when you want to access and sync between computer and the NAS. You need to decide if you want to map a folder as a drive or link to a folder on the NAS. Two different things. There is no latency issue that you think is causing what you are seeing, nor is Windows doing any forcing another drive into a slot, for whatever that means.
    The Synology tools won't work for what I need to do. I want to maintain that folder (Music) mapped as a drive (M). It's on a separate physical disk within the NAS unit it's self than "KMB-CBD" and is the only folder on that drive I want ready access to in the way I have it. The only reason I mentioned that folder is because it's remained properly connected no matter what sequence I use to power up my machine. And when I say windows is "forcing another drive into that slot" I mean that Windows, for some reason, is changing drive Y to drive D but never changing the information from D (name, location, etc.)

    bro67 said:
    Just make sure that you have the IP of the NAS, the NAS is set as Static on it, and that you have your username and password in Windows Credentials.
    I'm not having issues connecting to the NAS at all. I'm having issues with the drive letters rearranging within Windows.
      My Computer


 

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