Tips to Fix the Network Drive Keeps Disconnecting Issue
Why do the network drive continuously disconnect? What are the tips to resolve this issue?
You can map network drives in a Windows-based system to share it among other systems. But, it is possible to get some problems with the network drive. One among the issue is when the network drive keeping disconnecting. It may keep disconnect in frequent intervals. It may be disconnected after a regular interval of inactivity. At the time, the Windows Explorer will display a red "X" on the icon of the mapped drive. The mapped drive may reconnect quickly as you try to access or browse it. The issue can occur due to the system drop idle, after certain interval of time. This is been done to prevent the wastage of server resources on unused sessions.
Here are some methods to fix the issue when network drive continuously disconnects:
- Change system registry
- Increase the default time-out period
- Turn off the Autodisconnect
Change system registry
You can try increasing the default time-out period to fix the network drive keeps disconnecting issue. To do this, you can make some changes in the system registry. At first, you need to access 'Start' menu of the system and in the 'Run' prompt, type in ‘regedit’. In the registry editor, you need to locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder. Then access the 'lanmanserver' under the SYSTEM folder. You can then click the 'Autodisconnect' value in right pane, click the autodisconnect value. Next step is to click the 'Modify' option in on the Edit menu. You can then click the 'Hexadecimal' option and type 'ffffffff' in Value data box.
Increase the default time-out period
It is possible to increase the default time-out period of the network drive using the command line. To do this, you need to type 'cmd' in the 'Run' prompt which will bring up the command prompt window. In the command prompt window, type ‘net config server /autodisconnect:number’. Here number is the number of minutes which you wish the server to wait for disconnecting. Then just press 'Enter' key to get changes saved. The maximum value can be up to 65535 minutes.
The final solution to fix the network drive keeps disconnecting issue is to turn off the auto-disconnecting feature for the Server service. To do this, you can use the command line itself. In the command type in ‘Net config server /autodisconnect:-1’. You need to then press 'Enter' key and can see the issue fixed.
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