"Unable to find or open 'Filename.txt'" error in MATLAB 2022a for files from a shared network drive.

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I get the following error message when attempting to open a file from a shared network drive. The file directory loads in just fine, but I am unable to actually access the files in my loop.
"Error using readtable"
"Unable to find or open 'FlowData.txt'. Check the path and filename or file permissions."
The code being used to open these files is shown below. It was working perfectly fine and then all of a sudden stopped allowing me to access the files from the directory.
% Setting variable name for filepath for easier access (less user input). Enter date as "yyyymmdd".
file_path = "Z:\Groups\Smith_G\Ryan Poland\MultiPAS-IV\Data\NO2 Calibration\20210930";
% list contents of directory in structure for access
struct=dir(file_path+"\*.txt");
% Loop to tabulate all data from folder into new cell
Datainput={};
for n=1:length(struct)
Datainput{n}=readtable(struct(n).name);
end
Does anyone know if this issue is somehow related to my shared network, and does anyone have any ideas on how to acess these files again? Thans in advance.

Accepted Answer

Jeremy Hughes
Jeremy Hughes on 21 Jan 2022
Try first
>> cd Z:\Groups\Smith_G\Ryan Poland\MultiPAS-IV\Data\NO2 Calibration\20210930
If that works, then you can either add Z:\Groups\Smith_G\Ryan Poland\MultiPAS-IV\Data\NO2 Calibration\20210930 to your path, or pass the full path name:
file_path = "Z:\Groups\Smith_G\Ryan Poland\MultiPAS-IV\Data\NO2 Calibration\20210930";
% list contents of directory in structure for access
files = dir(file_path+"\*.txt");
files = fullfile(file_path,{files.name});
% Loop to tabulate all data from folder into new cell
Datainput = {};
for n = 1:length(files)
Datainput{n} = readtable(files{n});
end
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Ryan Poland
Ryan Poland on 21 Jan 2022
Jeremy,
I didn't have to change the directory, but I did add in the "fullfile" function and that seemed to do the trick in constructing the 'Datainput' variable in the for-loop. Thank you for your help!

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Jon
Jon on 21 Jan 2022
Sometimes Windows loses the connection to the mapped drive. Can you still open the folder in Windows File Explorer? Sometimes it is enough to browse to the file location in Windows File Explorer and then try your MATLAB again.

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