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    Mapping local drives (not network drives)

    Hey there,

    Is it possible to map a drive to a folder on the local machine, i tried doing the normal mapped drive but because C:\folder\folder (example) isn't a network path it has a paddy and says it can't do it.

    Is it possible to do it though disk management or something? *stuck!*

    Can it be done without using 3rd party software? or is there an open source software soloution?

    Cheers

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    Not sure who you want to access the shared drive but for and admini user you can do it with the usual

    \\%COMPUTERNAME%\c$\%PATHTOFOLDER%

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    Assume this is for some kind of old/awkward edu software...

    You want the old Subst command instead of net use...

    eg. SUBST E: C:\windows

    maps a new drive E: with the Windows folder as its root.

    Associates a path with a drive letter.

    SUBST [drive1: [drive2:]path]
    SUBST drive1: /D

    drive1: Specifies a virtual drive to which you want to assign a path.
    [drive2:]path Specifies a physical drive and path you want to assign to
    a virtual drive.
    /D Deletes a substituted (virtual) drive.

    Type SUBST with no parameters to display a list of current virtual drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutToLunch View Post
    Assume this is for some kind of old/awkward edu software...

    You want the old Subst command instead of net use...

    eg. SUBST E: C:\windows

    maps a new drive E: with the Windows folder as its root.
    this looks like it's the right sorta thing, cheers.

    What's happened is our bursar has a new machine(installed by the LA) and she had loads of different drives set up and what they did is just copy all those drives into a folder on the new computer called c:\drives\(drive letter here) and i want to be able to make those folders into drives again. if that makes sense!

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    Yep - that'll work fine, except for C: obviously. If the new machine has a CD drive/data partition for D: you may be in trouble - but you should be able to shuffle these letters around if you want them to be able to access them by the exact old letters. Just make a .bat with the substitutions in and set it to run at login for them.

    I have to do this on one of our new admin machines for an old access database that has so many hardcoded paths it needs to be put back into an exact folder structure...



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