My Damned “Server Connection Interrupted” Problem

Ok, so since upgrading to Vista on my PC I now seem unable to reliably connect to the Drobos connected to my PC with my MacBook Pro. :(

My problem is that anytime I start moving files around over my home gigabit ethernet network I get the following error on my Mac: “server connection interrupted.” The file copy job, iTunes import job, whatever job, etc. is interrupted. Sometimes this happens after 3 minutes of network use. Sometimes it happens after 5 minutes of network use. Sometimes it happens after 2 hours of network use.

The internet works fine, no problem there, no disconnections there. Just when file sharing between my Mac and my Vista PC.

I can immediately re-establish a connection with the drobos connected to my Vista PC after this failure, but it is wrecking havoc with my ability to effectively move files around my network between my Mac and PC.

Certain things seem to definitely contribute to it. When I connected a USB external drive to Mac earlier this morning for instance, it immediately killed my network connection.

Everything worked fine with XP which leads me to believe that it may be some sort of a settings thing in Vista… or maybe not… who knows.

I found a few forums around where some people were experiencing the same problem, but no fix.

Any Mac, Vista, network experts out there have any suggestions on making a file sharing network between a Mac OSX and a Vista PC more robust or somehow preventing these network disconnect errors?

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14 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have a suggestion ….. dump you Vista PC and go with mac desktop and MacBook Pro. Problem solved.

  2. I sure hope they have a NAS version of Drobo in the works… it would probably eliminate problems like this and save you from having to plug and unplug multiple Drobos into a PC for sharing.

  3. six local says:

    Unfortunately, you really should dump Vista if you need to do large file transfers over SMB (file sharing). Vista is horrible at it.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931770/en-us

    Just look on google for “vista slow copy” and things like that. The internet is filled with people crying loudly over it.

    I’m crying over it too.

  4. Bushi says:

    os x 10.5 has some pretty serious network issues including random network disconnects. I would patch up but I think that is a fix that is still waiting.

  5. Garrett says:

    Not to sound like a droid, and this is totally bypassing your problem, but have you ever considered an XServe RAID solution?

    Think about it, it’d be the ultimate storage solution, and seems to meet everything you require.

    Except that it’ll be a huge hit in the wallet. :)

  6. Ulrich says:

    I have all my day to day data on a 250 GB WD Passport external USB hard disk. This way I can easily work on different machines. The WD Passport does not need an own power supply. When at home I plug it into the home server which has two synchronized USB hard disks connected to it. I quickly synchronize the WD Passport with one of the server disks and can unplug it again. This way I do not need to shovel large amounts of data over the network.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That’s God’s punishment for you as a mac lover having said a good thing about Vista the other day.

    You need to perform an act of atonement now :-)

  8. dssstrkl says:

    Your main problem is that Drobos aren’t NAS devices. Without running out and buying a dedicated file server, you might want to see if you can find a router with a USB port. I don’t quite remember the Drobo FAQ, but I think that it’ll hook to an Airport Extreme in wired mode and be visible over the network.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Thomas, don’t know if this is your problem or not, but many LAN adapters need newer Vista compatible drivers rather than the ones included with Vista. You might try checking to see if your LAN adapter manufacturer has issued a new driver. HTH.

  10. Insane Ninja says:

    i don’t know about you, but i plan to hook my drobo up to the data port on my upcoming linksys router. Isn’t this a possibility there?

    dssstrkl said something similar

  11. Barry says:

    My Vista goes BSOD when I stream media off Windows filesharing.
    Consider yourself lucky

  12. Quikboy says:

    @anonymous (#1)

    You’re an idiot, you know that?

  13. Jef says:

    To Anonymous,
    I’m using mac book pro leopard and this damn server interruption just hit me. I recently created a website on mac.me and that is what is causing the problem. I have no general server issues with my internet signal.