this problem was verified when hardwired to network using windrow’s samba. In other words:
First time i connect hdd usb device and plug in the network cable. power on wd live,
the hdd is “seen” almost right away(passport essential)
then i power on my pc running windows 7 (all settings for network share done as told in the forum: network discovery-on, file
and printer-on,public share-off,media stream-off,password-off)
then successfully set-up the connection in automatic mode from wd tv live. At this point under windows we have 2 computers (pc and
wd live) and 1 media device (wd live)
all done, if I power-off wd live then power-on, the hdd is still seen fast.
the last test, power- off the 2 devices (pc and wd live) then power on firstly the wdlive and then the pc.
this is the case when the connection with hdd takes about 2/3 minutes
in conclusion: if there is now network share set-up, no problem. If you manage to setup the network for wdlive you have to power on first the pc then the wdlive, otherwise your usb-connected hdd will take 3 minutes or mooooore to connect. (happens also when the computer is off)
the question is… why ??