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Windows 7 scanning network shared folder takes forever [SOLVED sort of]

magoomba 110 June 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Do you guys have this problem?

I have a desktop with a shared folder that contains my TV shows.
The folder is rather large but most of the files have be categorized and put into respective sub-folders.
When I browse to the folder on my netbook, Windows does this scanning thing...
What you see is at the top of the window, where the folder/directory name appears, it does a little progress bar thing (in green).
And it takes forever to go from beginning to end.
Make no sense cuz the files are already showing in list view, why does it need to do this scan thing?

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Quote from magoomba View Post :
Do you guys have this problem?

I have a desktop with a shared folder that contains my TV shows.
The folder is rather large but most of the files have be categorized and put into respective sub-folders.
When I browse to the folder on my netbook, Windows does this scanning thing...
What you see is at the top of the window, where the folder/directory name appears, it does a little progress bar thing (in green).
And it takes forever to go from beginning to end.
Make no sense cuz the files are already showing in list view, why does it need to do this scan thing?
As a rule, that is a consequence of two things, lack of CPU power and the total size of the contents of the folder. It's clear that you lack CPU power (I presume you have an Intel Atom) and if you have many gigs of data in that folder, you would get the slow results that you now get. You can't change your processor, but you could spread your shared data across several folders, or maybe put portions in sub folders, do you know what I mean?
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
As a rule, that is a consequence of two things, lack of CPU power and the total size of the contents of the folder. It's clear that you lack CPU power (I presume you have an Intel Atom) and if you have many gigs of data in that folder, you would get the slow results that you now get. You can't change your processor, but you could spread your shared data across several folders, or maybe put portions in sub folders, do you know what I mean?
I thought this shouldn't be an issue once I organized my files into sub-folders.
Let's say my D:\ drive is 1TB and 1000s of files in total (cumulative).
Within it, I have these folders
D:\
->TV
->->Game of Thrones
->->->Season 01
->->->Season 02
->->The Pacific
->->The Walking Dead
->Movies
->->DivX
->->HD
->Music
->->1990s
->->2000s

From my netbook, once I navigate into Game of Thrones Season 02 sub-folder, there's only about 10 files in there and they all appearing in the Explorer window (with all the details, filename, size, date, etc).
Why does Windows, at this point, decide it needs to do this scanning thing.
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It's pulling information from the video files, creates a thumbnail, stuff like that.
You can disable most of it. Google these items:
disable always show icons
file icon on thumbnails
disable thumbs.db on network drive
disable show preview handlers in preview pane
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Windows Search is probably enabled and that as the system service describes:

Quote :
Provides content indexing, property caching, and search results for files, e-mail, and other content.
You could turn off the feature in order to see if that would help speed things up.

Read this article [sevenforums.com] to know what you're getting into though.
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Windows Search is probably enabled and that as the system service describes:



You could turn off the feature in order to see if that would help speed things up.

Read this article [sevenforums.com] to know what you're getting into though.
Windows Search doesn't index network locations unless it's marked as available offline and I doubt OP would have gigs of videos offline.
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Quote from menace33 View Post :
Windows Search is probably enabled and that as the system service describes:



You could turn off the feature in order to see if that would help speed things up.

Read this article [sevenforums.com] to know what you're getting into though.
The previous two posters are (at least partially) correct. Windows Search isn't the culprit here, since indexing doesn't occur for network drives and the OP didn't execute a search.

They may not be fully correct however. I'm not sure if the host PC generates the thumbs.db file or if the computer doing the browsing does. If the former, then CPU power may not be the issue.

Lastly, if you can see the files, then the progress bar is of little consequence. It's simply informing you about work in the background.
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Quote from redmaxx View Post :
The previous two posters are (at least partially) correct. Windows Search isn't the culprit here, since indexing doesn't occur for network drives and the OP didn't execute a search.

They may not be fully correct however. I'm not sure if the host PC generates the thumbs.db file or if the computer doing the browsing does. If the former, then CPU power may not be the issue.

Lastly, if you can see the files, then the progress bar is of little consequence. It's simply informing you about work in the background.
thumbs.db is generated by the browsing PC. It's a useless "feature" carried over from local drive previewing and a security risk as it creates thumbnails of files that may be viewed by users who shouldn't view those files.
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thumbs.db is generated by the browsing PC. It's a useless "feature" carried over from local drive previewing and a security risk as it creates thumbnails of files that may be viewed by users who shouldn't view those files.
That's a fact and when that search bar doesn't advance at a normal rate and it sits there spinning it's wheels, it gobbles up a bunch of power, something that netbooks can ill afford.
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Okay guys thanks for your replies, but turns out something was messed up with my router.
I noticed recently that my iPads were crawling... YouTube was slow as molasses.
Originally thought it was just my internet connection, cuz dumb Shaw sometimes slows down.

When I brought up my WIFI settings on the netbook, I realize my speed is between 2 and 3Mbps.
That's the same speed as EDGE!
Anyway, I rebooted the router and my speeds are back up to 60 to 70Mbps.

Windows still does that bloody folder scanning, but much faster now.
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