Lightroom: Order of images changed when importing from a RAID5 folder or to a collection

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1) When importing from a folder on my new Buffalo RAID5 NAS the order is changed from that of filename to an odd sort of mixed order, subsets staying together, but the order changing. This makes it impossible to use this source for slideshow production, can work with for raw files.

2) No problem importing the same images from a folder on an hard disk on my desktop

3) Get a similar problem when creating a collection from an imported folder - again, makes very difficult to produce a slideshow.

One answer would be if I could force the order to respect the filename. Can I do this with Lightroom CC? It gives this as an option for collections, but having this ticked doesn't make any difference to the change in order.

Note: Windows 7 Pro operating system, 1 Gb Ethernet wired network to a 12Tb Buffalo 441LS NAS. Using the Photoshop/Lightroom/Bridge subscription package.

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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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You should be able to specifically set the sort criteria by by the capture time or file name in the import dialog (also the library grid). If not set, I believe it would be sorted by whatever the order that the device send to Lightroom.
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Apologies, I didn't make this very clear.

I did see this option and did make sure it was ticked. Sadly it makes no difference when importing from a RAID5 share location. Why it appears to be a RAID5-share import issue in that the filename order IS retained when importing/referencing exactly the same set of jpg files stored in a standard hard disk/desktop Windows folder location.

They are a mixed set of files from a number of different authors for exhibition use, so it's likely they are being placed in a creation of modification date order. I don't see this problem importing my own images into a collection from a similar RAID 5 share location, but of course the name order is the same as the date order in this case. Note that the same change in order issue does occurs to the image-set successfully imported from a standard hard-disk when selected for a collection.   

I guess this problem would be circumvented if filename order could be imposed after 'importing' by Lightroom. Similarly in oversoming the  collection.