Sorry, but I don’t buy “the master browser issue”.
I’ve sat back and watched without comment all the wonderful explanations as to how to fix it… but it never explains fully why MY setup works fine, perfectly, all the time. I have all kinds of machines on my network, XP, Win 7, an NAS, and they are on and off at various times, and so are my three Live boxes and I NEVER had had a browser issue. Not once, and I’ve never done anything different (other than have different things on and off at different times).
So I don’t fully accept that “master browser” is either a problem OR can ONLY be fixed by such and such a thing. Clearly that’s not true, or I’d have problems myself. Perhaps it’s something my router does, or something one of my machines does (but that wouldn’t explain why, when it’s off, everything still works) but there is something else besides anyone else’s explanation on how to fix things.
So – I continue to say that people need to say what their setup is, and what symptoms they are having. Some folks can’t connect to net shares AT ALL – this isn’t a “master browser” issue, but rather how their shares are set up. I don’t know if that’s the OP’s problem until he explains it.
(And ALL my drives, both USB and network, are NTFS formatted. Works just fine).