Buffalo Network Drive in a Workgroup Envirement Problems

Posted on 2009-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We have 7 computers on a workgroup network connected by a SMC unmanaged switch.  All the PCs have passwords and can see each others files.  The PCs are all either XP Pro or Vista Business.  They all either run Office 2003 or 2007.  A Buffalo Drivestation with Netowork is connected to the switch.  Every Friday, a script backs up the computers files to the buffalo.  This configuration has been working fine for a few months.  

Only on TWO computers, there are issues.  On computer 1, we cannot save ONLY Word files on the Buffalo.  We can save any other files.  We can create new files.  We can open Word files.  When we edit the files and save them we get "the save failed due to out of disk space."  Obviously there is plenty of space on the drive.

On computer 2 we cannout open ONLY Excel files.  We can read write everything else.  However, when we try to open them, we get: filename.xls cannot be accessed.  the file may be read only, or you may be trying to access a read only location."

The big confuser is that if we copy a file that has a problem to the local computer, we have no problems with it.  We can open and save it locally.

The rest of the computers are all ok.  None have the issues of these two.  

Here is what I tried:
Uninstalling latest updates
Installing latest updates
New switch
Connected just the buffalo to one of the computers that had a problem
Firmware update on the buffalo
Driver updates
Disabled AV/Firewall
New cables
New buffalo drive (replaced old one and copied data over)
Different IP on the buffalo
Tried accessing with and without UNC name

Does anyone have any ideas on this one?

Question by:rvdsabu4life
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    I found the solution.  It was apparently one of the files on the drive.  I formatted the drive, and moved certain folders back and now everything works.

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