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31-Dec-2008, 10:34 AM #1
Solved: Network Device Not Found
On one of my PCs I am able to access the various drives as either a local device or as a network device. For example, I can access the hard drive as a local device C:\ or as a network device \\PM1\C (PM1 is the computer name).

Same is true for the second hard drive (D:\ or \\PM1\D), the CD/DVD drives, the memory card reader. But it is not true for my external (USB) hard drive. I can access the external drive as N:\ but I am NOT able to acess it as \\PM1\N. Windows tells me \\PM1\N can not be found even though N:\ is found.

As best I can tell I have Sharing and Security set properly for all of the drives including N. All of the drives are NTFS. I'm running WinXP Pro SP2.

If I move the external USB drive to another PC I do NOT have the same problem there. So I think the problem is specific to how something is set in this one particular PC.

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31-Dec-2008, 10:47 AM #2
What's the version of Windows on each of these systems? Are both running XP-Pro?

Try this for the USB drive on the non-working machine.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
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31-Dec-2008, 12:45 PM #3
John,

I have WinXP Pro SP2 on all of my PCs.

That was a very good suggestion to check ownership. I had not thought to check that. But, ownership was set right all along so the problem remains.

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Here's some interesting updated information about this issue:

As I mentioned in my original message this external drive is connected to the PC via USB. The drive also has FireWire (1394) capability so I tried that. Much to my surprise the problem disappears when using FireWire.

With a USB conection \\PM1\N is not accessable. With a FireWire connection it works. (N:\ works with either connection.)

Any clues about that?

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01-Jan-2009, 09:18 PM #5
I've seen other people say similar things. I've personally never experienced it, so I don't know where I'd start debugging. I can share USB drives with no issues.
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02-Jan-2009, 01:07 AM #6
Solution found:

I can't say that I understand what this solution is all about but it did fix the problem. Looks like it had nothing to do with permissions or ownership. You can read the details at:

http://www.ghacks.net/2008/01/13/not-enough-server-storage-is-available-to-process-this-command/

I did not have that IRPStackSize Dword in the registry of any of my PCs. I added it with a value of 21 to the registry on the PC the external drive is connected to and the problem is gone. I can now access \\PM1\N from any of my PCs.

Thanks to everyone here who helped along the way!
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02-Jan-2009, 10:06 AM #7
Wow, that comes from left field. That's not the symptom I normally associate with the IRP stack size being too low!

Of course, if you were getting that "not enough server storage" error and had mentioned it, I would have mentioned the stack size, because that's the common fix.
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