Fix Network Drive Not Found Issue

Having trouble accessing your network drive? Learn how to fix the “Network Drive Not Found” issue in no time.

Verify and Ping Target Computer

To fix the network drive not found issue, it is important to verify and ping the target computer. First, ensure that the target computer is turned on and connected to the network.

Open the command prompt by:
– Pressing the Windows key + R, typing “cmd” and pressing Enter
– Alternatively, right-click on the Start menu and select Command Prompt

Next, verify the connection to the target computer by:
– Typing “ping [IP address]” and pressing Enter
– Replace [IP address] with the actual IP address of the target computer

Check the ping results:
– If successful, you should see replies from the target computer
– If unsuccessful, there may be an issue with the network connection or the target computer

By verifying and pinging the target computer, you can troubleshoot and resolve the network drive not found issue effectively.

Adjust Network Security and Adapter Settings

To resolve the network drive not found issue, you can try adjusting your network security and adapter settings. First, make sure your network adapter settings are configured correctly. Go to the Control Panel and navigate to Network and Sharing Center. Click on Change adapter settings and right-click on your network adapter. Select Properties and make any necessary adjustments.

Next, check your network security settings. Ensure that your firewall is not blocking the network drive connection. You can also try disabling your antivirus software temporarily to see if it is causing the issue.

If you are using Windows 10, you can adjust your network settings by going to Settings > Network & Internet > Change adapter options. Right-click on your network adapter and select Properties. Look for the Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6) options and make sure they are configured correctly.

Enable Essential Network Protocols

Network protocols configuration page

Network Protocol Description How to Enable
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol is the most common network protocol used for communication over the internet. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings > Right-click on your network adapter and select Properties > Check the box next to Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) > Click OK.
NetBIOS Network Basic Input/Output System is a protocol used for communication between devices on a LAN. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings > Right-click on your network adapter and select Properties > Check the box next to NetBIOS over TCP/IP > Click OK.
HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol is used for web browsing and accessing websites. No action needed, as HTTP is usually enabled by default.

Explore Alternatives to Local Sharing

  • Try accessing the network drive using the IP address instead of the computer name.
  • Use a different file explorer or software to connect to the network drive.
  • Check if the network drive is accessible through a different device on the same network.
  • Reset the network settings on the computer and try reconnecting to the network drive.
  • Consider using a cloud storage service as an alternative to accessing files remotely.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I restore my network drive location?

To restore your network drive location, you can open the ‘Start’ menu and select ‘File Explorer’. From there, navigate to the desired file or folder. Right click on it and choose ‘Restore previous versions’ to see the available versions. Finally, select a previous version and click ‘Open’.

How do I make my network drive discoverable?

To make your network drive discoverable, go to the Settings menu, select Network & internet, and enable Network discovery and file sharing under the Private section.

Why is network path not found?

The network path is not found because network discovery may not be turned on and the Windows Firewall could be blocking access to the shared folder.

Why is my network drive not showing up?

Your network drive may not be showing up because of the level at which it is being accessed. For example, limited rights when accessed from a user account level may prevent it from appearing in File Explorer. Try accessing it from an administrator level to see if that resolves the issue.

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