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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Mapping a Network Drive

Suppose there's a folder or drive that you use all the time—but it's on another computer. For that circumstance, the best solution is to map the frequently visited place so that it appears as a local drive on your computer.

Using this trick, you can assign a letter to a particular shared drive or folder on the network, just as your local hard drive is called C: and your floppy drive A:.

Doing so provides two benefits. First, these disks and folders now appear directly in the My Computer window. Getting to them is much faster, because you're saved several layers of double-clicking required by the My Network Places window. Second, when you choose FileOpen from within one of your applications, you'll be able to jump directly to a particular shared folder by typing its letter, instead of having to double-click, ever deeper, through the icons in the Open File dialog box.

Tip

Your network administrator may have already set up a few of these mapped drives in your My Computer window. Plenty of people use these "hard drives" every day, not even aware that they "point" to drives elsewhere on the network.

Mapping Drive Letters to Shares

To map a drive letter to a shared network folder or drive, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click My Network Places, then Entire Network, then Microsoft Windows Network.

    Continue expanding disks and folders until you find the shared folder or drive that you want to have mapped.

    Tip

    Windows 2000 Professional lets you map drive letters to shared ...

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