Some of the Network Drives on Windows XP Pro are showing "Disconnected" but can access in explorer
Posted on 2010-11-04
I have one of my Windows XP Pro Desktops showing that some of it's Network Drives are
Name: "Disconnected Network Drive (M:).
I have 8 Network drives and 4 of the 8 are showing the Disconnected state in WIndows Explorer. If I click on the Network drive it takes me to the Network Drive fine.
The Desktop is Windows XP Pro SP3 wiith all important win updates applied. The Server is Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard with all importnat win updates applied.
In the Windows Explorer, below is what I am seeing:
Name: name1 on '"Server name" (F:) , Type = Network Drive, Total 600GB, Free: 430 GB
Name: name2 on '"Server name" (H:) , Type = Network Drive, Total 600GB, Free: 430 GB
Name: Disconnected Network Drive (M:), Type =Disconnected Network Drive", Total <blank> Free: <blank>
same as above for 3 more Disconnected drives
Then two rows of normal connected drives..
I notice that sometimes when I logon they are alll connected and look normal and other times I get above. I also noticed, after reboot just now, all the drives look normal, but if I check back at some time it will go to above.
As I said this is only happening on 1 of the 10 Desktops. All the others never show this issue (all XP Pro).
The user did see an error earlier in the week regarding an error accessing a shared file on the network (one of the shared drives). At this point I do not know if this has anyting to do with this issue of "Disconnected network drives" as it may be someithing else..
THe Desktop (like about 5 more at the company) is an older (about 9 years old Intel Pentium 4 Desktop and on this desktop we have been seeing for a while "Power surge on USB hub for the USB scanner connected to one of the Desktops USB ports. This has been going on for more than 6 months but the "disconected network drive just was noticed about 2 weeks ago. I am raising this as I am wondering if it is possibly a hardware issue with Motherboard and it's built in Intel Pro 10/100 Lan interface port.