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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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Mapping Drives and Folders

If you are going to use a given shared network folder frequently, you can map the folder so that the remote folder appears as one of your computer's attached drives. In essence, mapping assigns an unused drive letter between A and Z to a remote folder. Then, the contents of the shared folder appear to be the contents of this new attached disk drive.

Mapping gives you several benefits:

  • The mapped drive appears along with your computer's other real, physical drives in My Computer for quick browsing, opening, and saving of files, as well as in the Search Wizard.

  • Access to the shared folder is faster because Windows maintains an open connection to the remote computer.

  • MS-DOS applications can use the shared folder through ...

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