Win7 File Explorer Very Slow Accessing Network Drive
I am using a mapped network drive (SATA, DLink, ran very well for years in its current setup) and for some reason Win7 File Explorer recently started takeing a very long time to list the contents of the drive. Points to note:
- I don't index this drive as I know its operating system is Linux based and therefore Win7 will index it by copying the entire contents to a local disk.
- I've googled widely and tried just about every solution I can find including fiddling with page sizing, switching on/off Remote Differential Compression, switching on/off Windows Search, limiting details to display, setting folder display to 'general', tried using offline synching and others.
- Every other third party file explorer displays the contents in seconds.
- Loading Ubuntu in a virtual manager and viewing the drive there, the contents are displayed in seconds.
- Loading Win XP in a virtual manager and viewing the drive there, the contents are displayed in seconds.
At this point I've given up and am using a third party viewer (Free Commander XE) but I really shouldn't have to. When googling, there seem to be hundreds of people with this problem in a variety of forums but very few answers seem to work. It seems to just start out of the blue with no common (or even discernible) cause. None of the suggestions have worked for me. All I can think of is that one of my third party system managers/cleaners (eg. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10) has done a deep change somewhere.
Anyone in WSL willing to give it a go?
Differences Between Different Mountings of the Same Network Drive
Went back to basics after finding out that re-mounting the drive with a new letter seems to fix the problem and tried a comparison between a working version (T: ) and the faulty version (M: ). Did this by selecting the menu options Tools\Folder Options... and the View\Customize this Folder...
Tools\Folder Options... is the same for both mounts (and I have set all options to default where possible and made sure the options are the same if a default selection wasn't available).
View\Customize this Folder... is different. I have attached screen snaps to help explain. M: has an extra tab called 'Locations' (as shown in first image) and under the 'Customize' tab it is missing the complete 'Folder pictures' selections you can see in the second image (T: ). Other than those differences, everything else is the same.
No idea what this means.