Connecting to my NAS faster

Ever since I bought my NAS (Western Digital 8TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra) in 2021, I have had a frustrating problem with it.

Each time I’ve clicked on my network share (above) to access it … it has taken a few attempts to connect: <double-click> Can’t find the drive … wait … <double-click> Can’t find the drive … wait … <double-click> Can’t find the drive … wait … <double-click> Oh! there it is! Finally.

But I’ve found a solution!

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor (Win+R, enter gpedit.msc and click OK).
  2. In the console tree, select Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Lanman Workstation.
  3. Right-click Enable insecure guest logons and select Edit.
  4. Select Enabled and select OK.

That worked for me. Now, whenever I click on my NAS network location it connects immediately. Phew!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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