I've got a mac (OS X 10.8.2) that's accessing files on an Win7 SMB share. About half the time the Mac comes back from suspend it can't connect to the SMB share. The Win7 machine is on and the password hasn't changed. But when I try to connect to the SMB server it asks for the username/password. When I type it in, I get told it's wrong. Then I restart the machine (Mac) and it can connect to the SMB server fine.

It's an annoyance really, especially when I've got 8 different terminal windows open and they're all named the way I like etc.

Anyone got a suggestion/tips for re-connecting to an SMB drive after suspend?


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Mounting an SMB share as a local folder seems more reliable than using the Finder sidebar or even COMM-K to connect. It shouldn't be, right, but it is for me. Half the time, the Finder sidebar option won't connect even though I can still access the networked folder. Here's an example of using mount_smbfs:

mount_smbfs //[email protected]/myshare /Users/user/Downloads/networkfolder

Also, I had to disable sleep completely because the video crashes reliably on wake. 2018 mini with BigSûr. It fixed the problem.

  • If sleep is disabled, does your Mac ever need to reconnect to a SMB share?
    – nohillside
    Commented Jun 29, 2021 at 7:09
  • FYI - the man page says Note: You should always use the system mount command and never call mount_smbfs directly
    – MK Yung
    Commented Jul 31, 2022 at 16:04

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