I have a desktop and a laptop both running Windows Vista Ultimate x64. My girlfriend has a netbook running Windows XP. I have a 1TB MyBook World Edition (blue rings version) with Twonky Media Server installed on it for streaming media to our Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Our computers access the public folder on the drive using a shortcut in 'My Computer' that was creating using the 'Map Network Drive' option that's available in both XP and Vista.
My problem started recently when I did a fresh install of Vista on both my desktop and laptop. Ever since then I have been unable to get the shortcut created using 'Map Network Drive' to work. Obviously after reinstalling Windows there was no shortcut so I created a new one using the method I've used before - open up My Computer, click 'Map Network Drive' at the top, I choose the drive letter Z:, click Browse to navigate to the public folder on the MyBook, then click OK. This does create a shortcut for me in My Computer and also immediately opens the MyBook's public folder in a new explorer window. However - if I close the explorer window and try to get back into the public folder using the shortcut I just get the message 'Z:\ Application not found'.
This problem exists on both my desktop and laptop. I am now in the habit of getting into the public folder by manually typing '\\mybookworld\public' into the address bar in an explorer window as that's the only method that works. The MyBook does not appear in 'My Network Places' on either of my computers, although the Twonky Media server running on the MyBook does. The server is still fully working as I can still stream media to my 360, PS3 and any of the PCs in the house. On my girlfriend's Win XP netbook the shortcut in My Computer still works as it should. I've tried restarting both the MyBook and the router (a Linksys WAG354G) and have checked all the network settings within Vista. I can't find anything that would be stopping me from creating a working shortcut to a network drive. As I've said, I can access it fine, it's just the shortcut that's not working.