Mapping Drive Letters

If you frequently use the same shared network folder, you can make it a “permanent houseguest” of your computer by mapping the network folder to an unused drive letter on your computer—one of the letters after your hard drive’s usual C: and the DVD-ROM drive’s usual D:. Mapping gives you several benefits:

• The mapped drive appears along with your computer’s other real, physical drives in the Computer view for quick browsing, opening, and saving of files.

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

• MS-DOS applications can use the shared folder through the assigned letter. Most legacy DOS applications can’t accept UNC-formatted names such as \\server\shared\subfolder\file ...

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