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Mapped network drive letter not available in command prompt

Q: Mapped network drive letter not available in command prompt

Hello,first post here!The following is happening:While mapping a external share to a drive letter, the drive letter is not availableon the command line.Running as administrator does not resolve this.Is this a permissions issue? On my test machine it works fine, but on a client'smachine I can't get them to show up no matter what I do. Only physical drivesare available on the cl, but all mapped drives are available when using the UI.Hope you can help.Marinus.

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I have an issue with the memory card on my HP OfficeJet 6310 all-in-one device.
This maps the Z: drive to \\ip-address-of-device\memory_card

If there is no memory card in the device and I try to access the Z: drive from Windows Explorer I get the error:
Z:\ is no accessible. The system cannot find the drive specified.

I get the same error if I try to manually map a drive to the same location (but the drive does still show in windows. Trying to access it from Windows Explorer it results in the same error)

If I then try to access the device drive letter from a command prompt I get the message:
'The system cannot find the drive specified'.
So, all the above is expected(?) as there is no memory card in the device.
If I insert a memory card and try to access the Z: drive from Windows Explorer I now get the error:
Z:\ is no accessible. The handle is invalid.

I get the same 'handle invalid' error if I try to manually map a drive to the same location (but the drive does still show in windows). Trying to access it from Windows Explorer again results in the same 'handle is invalid' error.

Now though, if I then try to access the device drive letter from a command prompt I am able to use a 'Dir' command to browse the device. I can use other DOS commands to create directories etc.
So, as one of the folders I can see from the command prompt is DCIM, I tried to map a drive here: \\ip-address-of-device\memory_card\dcim

I am able to use Windows E... Read more

A:Only Browse Network Drive from Command Prompt

OK, this is not a network issue. It is a bug in Windows Explorer. It works in DOS and in another file explorer/manager I just tested with (FreeCommander). Can this post be moved please?

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This may be a stupid question (so should be easy to answer) but I can't work out how to change network drive in the Windows XP command prompt. In the help section for cd it says that \D and then the name of the drive should work. But when I enter it, I get a message saying The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

The drive I'm trying to connect to is S:\.

Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Changing network drive in the command prompt

I think that

cd S:\

will work. Else use

cd /DS:\

Note that the flag indicator is slash ( / ), not the backslash ( \ ).

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I used to map a NAS drive on my Win 7 Pro 32 bit machine. Now the mapping is no longer available. I go to the "Map Network" and the letter is GONE. I can still access the NAS HDD via "network" in the Windows explorer. but I have links constrcuted around that drive letter. HOW DO I DELETE AND START OVER WHEN THE DRIVE LETTER IS MISSING ALTOGETHER?

A:Cannot get mapped drive letter back IN win 7 Pro 32 bit


I'd normally disconnect the mapped drive from 'Computer' right click the mapped network drive and choose 'Disconnect'. You may also create a Shortcut on your desktop instead of mapping a network drive, an alternative.

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A laptop has 5 mapped drives which are only used on the office. Offline files is not an option. When a user on the road clicks on a mapped drive by mistake, the explorer window locks up while it tries to find it.

OK, but what is infuriating is what it does when it can't fid it.
Instead of doing something sensible like taking the explorer window to C: drive or desktop, it goes to the next drive letter. Of course this is also unavailable. So the machine is essentially unusable for about 5 minutes if the user mis-clicks once.

Any way to change this behaviour ?
XP Home and Pro.

A:When mapped drive not found, explorer goes to next drive letter. Delays.

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I just built a new computer for work. Our server is mapped as letter ?F? and this works unless I leave a USB card reader plugged in when I shut it down. On boot up one of the drives on the card reader gets assigned ?F? and the mapped drive doesn?t work. I then have to remove the card reader and re-boot. I would prefer to leave the card reader plugged in. is there a way to lock or reserve the drive letters on one or the other to prevent the conflict? I solved this on my previous machine (XP pro) here but can?t remember how.


A:Mapped drive & USB drive letter conflict

Welcome to SF,

See if this Tutorial helps.

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Hi all, been using the option to 'Open command window here' when you Shift+Right-Click on a folder/network location for a long time but funnily enough I've never noticed that it maps a drive if it's a network location you use it at (but sure, thinking
about it, it makes sense).
However I did notice it for the first time today but also some strange behaviour. When I use the option, it's mapping the drive visible and on closing the command prompt, the drive mapping doesn't disappear. My investigations, aka Googling, has suggested
the drive should un-map itself.
Also, if I open a command window using the same method again without manually disconnecting the drive, it maps a 2nd drive which only appears after I disconnect the first drive (so it appears just to change the drive letter). So it's using a new letter each
time I use 'Open command window here' at the same location.
My question is which part of what I described is normal behaviour and which is not? For anything that seems odd, is there a way to fix?

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I am trying to send network messages through a computer network at work. I just cant figure out the right command to do it. I know the computer names i want and everything i just dont know what to tell it.

It says

C:\Documents and Settings\user>
then i put net talk (the computer name) then my message and it says error. I just wondered if anyone knows what i shoould do

A:Network talking through command Prompt

Welcome to TSG!

I think what you need to use is net send command.

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Have a nice day...
I am in company network.. There are two types of network here...
I am in first network and i need to connect to second network...
Using route command
Is it right?... am using windows 7 64 bit... help me please...
Thanks in advance

A:How to route to another network using command prompt?

no replies....?

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I have a utility I run on some customers' machines that requires being run from safe mode. I already have the utility automated via batch, and would like to just run one SFX app and move on to the next machine, knowing that this app will reboot the machine into safe mode w/ command prompt, run my utility, and reboot the machine back into normal mode (the standard shutdown -r -t 01 is easy enough, but there are no modal options!). Also, if this can be done, how would I then make sure that the current user logs in automatically, rather than have safe mode stop at the log-in screen?

The utility in question is a simple "Common Software Package" which includes some software such as Reader and Flash. Some of the software included cannot be installed while an antivirus is running (at least any that have tamper-protection) due to the registry editing involved, but are completely positive in nature (one such software package simply checks the current registry vs. a backup it takes on each shutdown to look for any discrepancies, adjusted for installed software, of course). The packages do not require Windows Installer service to be running, so I have found SM w/ CP to be the best option.

Any help with this would be appreciated.

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My computer (Toshiba Satellite running Windows 7 Home Premium) acquired some sort of terrible virus and shut itself down. When I try to turn it on, it goes into startup repair, and startup repair always fails. I have tried every single system restore point, and that fails too. When I try to start it in any of the safe modes, it simply goes back to startup repair and fails again.

My friend tried to help me earlier this week, but he is out of town now, so I'm on my own. He was able to access C: in command prompt. All my files are in their original locations and haven't been corrupted, but there are also four folders with names like xisdfl83lkd02 (seriously) which definitely weren't there before and presumably contain whatever has crippled my precious laptop. Whenever he tried to delete those folders, the command prompt looked like it had accepted the delete command, but then when he went back into C they were still there. So the bad files are immortal or something.

He said he was able to move things around, so I should get an external hard drive to back up my files, wipe the computer back to factory settings, then put my files back on it from the external hard drive.

Well, now I have an external hard drive but don't have him around to do this.

I have absolutely no experience with command prompt, and I've read a bunch of tutorials on how to use it, but they aren't dumbed down enough for me to understand them. I need someone to walk me through it.

I c... Read more

A:I can't get my command prompt out of drive X. :(

The easiest way I know to migrate files/folders to an external drive is to boot from live media. Mount the drive that is in question and copy at will.I have used Linux distros and other live media with great success in the past.I will suggest Linux Puppy as it is a small but complete OS. Download the .ISO, burn the image to CD, and boot from the media. When you reach the Puppy desktop, you should see mountable drives in the bottom left corner. Pick one (or more) and browse about. Easy Peasy....

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When I try to switch to D drive it stays in C:

C:\Users\Valdis>cd d:

C:\Users\Valdis>cd D:\Downloads

C:\Users\Valdis>cd d:


Feels stupid to ask this question.. I checked cd Change Directory which confirms that I was doing it correctly. Any idea what could be a reason for this?

Ahh, stupid.. I just had to type the drive without CD to change it..

A:Cannot change drive in command prompt using CD

Hello Voldemarz,

You could do this by just typing D: and pressing enter.

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Hi Im currently running winxp home sp2 and I'm trying to change directorys or drives in the command prompt, however it keeps putting me back to its default, C:\Documents and Settings\Croupier>

At the above prompt I type: CD d:

And this is what I get:


C:\Documents and Settings\Croupier>CD d:

C:\Documents and Settings\Croupier>

Probably something very noobish I know but I have never really used the command prompt before and now require it to run an .exe from a specific location on my D drive.
Any help would be greatly appriciated.
Thanks, Croupier.........

A:Changing to D drive in command prompt?

Wow, MS-DOS.

To change from one partition to another, don't use "CD" or "CHDIR". Just enter the drive letter with its colon:


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Hi all,

This is all on my home network - both PCs are local to each other.

I have a Win 8.1 PC which hosts all my media and documents, which I connect to via remote desktop and share a drive on the network. It has no monitor, so remote desktop is my main method of access.

Very occasionally, I will turn it on and be unable to connect to it or the mapped drive. In fact my main PC (Win 7) cannot find it on the network anywhere. But it IS on the network - I can connect via my mobile using Splashtop and I can also connect
via TeamViewer from the main PC. This is not a solution though as I need to be able to access the shared drive on my main PC.

Both PCs use Bitdefender. Makes no difference with the BD firewall temporarily turned off. As I mentioned, sometimes it connects fine with no issues and sometimes it can't find it. In these situations, I can't even ping the Media PC's IP address
(timeout), nor can the Media PC ping the main PC. It can, obviously, ping the router.

Usually a restart of the Media PC fixes this (although, that's annoying) - but today it isn't. The error that I get is 'The network path was not found' and for remote desktop 'Remote Desktop can't find the computer 'MediaServer". This might
mean it does not belong to the specified network ..." etc.

I also thought it work mentioning that this is what comes up when using the net use command:

Status       Local     Remote          ... Read more

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those problem were discussed here, but separately, and none of the solutions were not helpful. I am posting this again since I think those two problems are connected.

So when I start computer (I will call it comp #1) my network drive is offline just as network printer. Mapped network drive is actually my physical drive D: and it is mapped as Z since I have three comps in my small office and it is used as storage for all comps. When I open win explorer I get my mapped drive crossed with reds. So I have to click on it to wake it up. Second problem is with printer which is always offline and I have to turn off/on his wifi to get it connected again to my comp. Printer is HP officejet 7110 and is connected to the network router using WiFi.

Comp #1 runs win 8.1 pro with all the latest updates. Second comp has the same OS, while third one has win 7.
Both comps #2 and #3 has mapped the same drive as mine comp #1. Interesting is that those two when turned on has printer and mapped drive online. So problem is only with comp #1 that actually has that drive physically in its own system.

A:mapped network drive and network printer offline


I got this advice:

Here is the code:

ipconfig /flushdns (Clear the dns cache)
nbtstat -RR (release and refesh NetBIOS names)
netsh int ip reset (reset ip settings)
netsh winsock reset (Reset Winsock Catalog)

That has solved my printer problem, but offline mapped drive remained as problem.
Today I tested one more thing.

I mapped drive on comp#2. So now on comp#1 there are mapped drives Y: and Z:. Z: is actually map D: on comp#1 and Y is drive on comp#1.

I restarted comp#1 and Y: was online while Z: was not.

Interesting that comp#1 connects to mapped drives from another computer, but not to it's own mapped drives.

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Good Evening,
I recently had a hard drive fail. A friend gave me a hard drive that is workable but needs to be reformatted.  I installed the hard drive myself (thank you YouTube) but can't get past this error message.I have the system disk but the computer won't get past this error.
Can anyone help?
The message reads:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disk and restart the computer.
2. Choose your language settings and then click next.
3. Click repair your computer.
If you do not have the disk contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
File:  \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

A:Hard drive failure/unable to boot to command prompt

Silly question but after formating did you re-install Windows on it? it would be throwing that error because it has no boot partition to load the Winload.exe file.

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My issue bears resemblance to these 2:

Installing Windows 7 while Windows 7 is already installed but without losing data

transfer files using command prompt

The first one is similar because my command prompt is saying my default drive is X: and I can not access anything on C:

The second one has a general outline for how to access the data, but the person who posted that couldn't do it, and I'm not sure if I'm doing it right...

How do I do this?: It doesn't seem to work for me...

xcopy "%userprofile%" "f:\userfiles" /i /s /y

A:[SOLVED] Trying to extract data from hard drive using command prompt


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Problem: Getting daily 'Not enough server storage is available to process this command' errors from mapped network drives forcing a reboot of server.

I have a Vista Business (32 bit OS, Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.50 gHz, 4 gigs ram) machine acting as a server. I have Win XP Pro, Win XP Home and Vista Home Premium machines on the network (hard wired) that all map to a shared folder on the server.

Each of the satellite PCs have their own dedicated user on the Server and map to the shared folder using that dedicated user.

The server does not have any Symantec products on it and has never had any Symantec products installed on it.

I have tried increasing the IRPStackSize at intervals of 5 (decimal) until I have reached the max of 50. The PagedPoolSize is 0. I have no additional firewalls beyond the windows firewall.

On a daily basis the satellite PCs will loose their mapped drive and cannot reconnect until the server is rebooted.

I am out of ideas. Please help.

A:Mapped Network Drive

Any ideas would be helpful.

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Hi there,

i am runing a network with a shared folder on my win me pc... shaired as Z: on all machines. this has been working fine on ME and XP however now on Vista when i run my job program it looks for Z:\deamers\job.mdb and z:\deamers\info.mdb it tells me that the path is invalid.

i have created the Z network share many times now but it just dont seem to want to work. is there somthing im missing or does vista just do it a different way?

a speedy reply on this would be appriciated as i MUST have it sorted by thursday!

thanks in advanced

A:Mapped network drive

just to let you know i have now fixed this problem. the netowrk location was set to public and so was restriction what i could do. have chanved it to private and the program now runs fine

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I have win2k with a peer to peer network, could anyone tell me how do you disconnect an old mapped network drive that doesn't exist anymore.

A:mapped network drive

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Until recently I had no problems with reading my Mp3 plyaer as a drive throug USB. Suddenly it doesnt work anymore. I can still read my camera and connect my cell phone throug this USB port so i dont suspect the port to be broken. I can also see the disk under disk management and add a drive letter but i cant see it in explorer. I can even browse it in command prompt.

I tried uninstallig the USB drivers and after restart windows finds them and tell me they are ready to use but they are not.

I also read something about group policy which i read could hide disks but it is disabled.

The same thing goes for my card reader.

anyone experienced this ?

A:Cant browse USB drive in explorer, it shows in disk management and in command prompt

How does it show up in Disk Management? Does it indicate normal operation and a valid format?

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I have used Vista for just one week and gone from jet black to completly grey haired already....

My latest problem is...... My network drives keep disappearing. I map the drives and they work for a while then they simply disconnect and I cannot access them. (Manully re-mapping them 'sometimes' works)

I am using Vista 32 OS.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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Hi i do not know if i have posted this in the right section, but here is my problem, i am currently using Win XP and i have installed Office XP with service packs installed and ready , whenever i run either Excel or Word and try to connect to a mapped drive it does not connect at all!! , but when i try to connect to other drives there is no problem, these drives are mapped from the same server. Another curious thing is that from My computer i manage to connect to the mapped drive and see its contents, can anyone lead me to my problem, thanks alot !

A:Cannot connect to mapped network drive

Look at therights for the shared folder on the server.

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I have a small problem here!

1. I have created a <shared folder> on one computer in a network;
2. I have mapped the <shared folder> on each of the other computers in that network.

Everything work just fine until too many computers try to connect to that mapped network drive, than many computers get the next error:

"Z:\ is not accessible.
No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept."

Ofcourse, I understand what this message means, but what can I do about it?

A:Help, mapped network drive overload...

Unless your running server 10 is the max number of connections you can have to a share with w2k/xp pro

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Hi, i have a problem with the mapped network drive which keep telling me that the disk space is low but in fact it has a 100 gb left. This happened when i tried to copy some files into it but it keeping failing. It was working a few days ago but it suddenly gave me this problem. I tried deleting stuff in it but it doesnt seems to work. Anyone?

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I have three computers networked together via a Linksys Wireless Router. One Dell running XP Pro, and two HP laptops (wireless) one running Vista Ultimate x64 and the other running Vista Home Premium x32. I have all issues resolved (that I've discovered so far anyway) except one. There is a shared external hard drive conneced via USB to the XP, which I have mapped to both Vistas. I can see it when I open 'My Computer' but when I click on it I get an error that says "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to view the item." The odd thing about it is that I can access the contents of the drive by right-clicking on it and choosing either 'explore' or 'open.' I can access drives mapped from the Vista(s) to the XP on the XP just fine, just not the other way around. Any ideas?

A:Can't open mapped network drive.

Originally Posted by joshua.queen

I have three computers networked together via a Linksys Wireless Router. One Dell running XP Pro, and two HP laptops (wireless) one running Vista Ultimate x64 and the other running Vista Home Premium x32. I have all issues resolved (that I've discovered so far anyway) except one. There is a shared external hard drive conneced via USB to the XP, which I have mapped to both Vistas. I can see it when I open 'My Computer' but when I click on it I get an error that says "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to view the item." The odd thing about it is that I can access the contents of the drive by right-clicking on it and choosing either 'explore' or 'open.' I can access drives mapped from the Vista(s) to the XP on the XP just fine, just not the other way around. Any ideas?

i have a problem very simalar to this i have a wireless network and my laptop is running vista basic and my desktop XP home SP2 and i can see the desktop when i go to the whole network map on my vista but i can't click on it or access any of the files does anyone have a fix for this?

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I'm having issues where a mapped network drive (using the map a network drive link in win7 my computer) where during the day it will duplicate itself and use up all driver letters and all these duplicates cannot be opened or used  

A:mapped network drive multiplies itself

Did this issue occur to all mapped network drives?
First, to eliminate the software conflicts, please boot into
Clean Boot mode to see what the result is.
You could modify the registry value of mapped drivers to see if this issue persists:
Note: please backup the registry before performing the any modification.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Map Network Drive MRU
In the registry value, you could clear the duplicated drive path.
If this issue persists, please try another user account for test.
Hope it helps.
Alex Zhao

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I normally transfer files between my office XP machine and my home XP machine using a mapped network drive on the home machine.
I recently installed Service Pack 3 on my office XP machine and the mapped network drive stopped working.
When I turn the Windows Firewall off the mapped drive works again.
So I need to set an exception, I assume this should be a port.
What port do I use and should it be TCP or UDP?

Alternatively, is there a better (newer) way to transfer files between home and office?

A:Mapped Network Drive what port?

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Hi everyone
hoping someone can help me with this using windows 7 pro 64bit and need windows to index files on a local NAS for quick search i have tried unc add in but the one Microsoft has will work on 32bit but not 64 the only other option i have seen is enabling offline which isn't very practical spent about 8 hours on the phone to Microsoft trying to get them to help me if any one has any info on this i would be extremely grateful.

A:Indexing Mapped network drive

you could check out this link it has quiet a lot of links and information about what you are trying to
achieve never had the nead for this so not to sure on the answer but I will look in to it for you I am at the CAB today so I will ask the main man how it is done.
Link: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itpronetworking/thread/afb904c1-1c61-4aae-b6b1-5cf525b9f8de
Kind Regards

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Dear All,
First i want introduced to u.I am siva from gz.
I have Windows XP Proffessional Desktop PC.I mapped some drives or folders.After i mapped that drive when i double click means.It will OPENDED WITH likes this.Please help.
Advance Thanks to all
Kindly Regards

A:Reg Mapped Network Drive Opened With

In Microsoft Windows and OS/2, a mapped drive is typically the place on a networked computer's hard drive that has been created/designated and given a special name. It is created by an administrator, it is given certain permissions of use to be set by, again, an administrator, and will store information for particular users or groups, and basically contain anything(whatever) that is compatible with the existing system depending on what those who use it and/or create it require at a given time. I can't understand the question, where is sg???

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I have mapped a network drive successfully with a username and password. I can navigate it in Windows explorer, but when I try to install a software into that drive(when install, there is a panel that I can enter the dest location), it prompts me that the drive is invalid.

Then I click the Brwose button to view the disks, I found it just lists the local disks, the mapped disk is not displaying! It works on XP.

I tried another software, this time I can see the mapped disk from the dialog popup after click "Browse" button, but it displays as disconnected with a red X on it. As I said before, I have connected it successfully, I can create new folder or file on to that drive from Windows explorer...I double clicked the "disconnected" disk from the dialog then it prompts me entering username and password. After I did that, the mapped disk became usable.

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Hi All,

I'm running Windows7 64bit Pro.

I run some CAD and compiler software that (unfortunately!) uses absolute path names in project files, so I need to access all my files with exactly the same path for my PC and my laptop. Enventually I want to put all files on an external NAS drive, but only have the PC at the moment.

So my first thought was create a folder on my PC, say C:\X_Drive, map it as a network drive, say X:, and share the folder as X: on the laptop. Then I'd always access files through the mapped drive, and all paths would be consistent, and moving to an external drive should be trivial.

This sort of works. I've set up the Security tab to give everyone full access. I can read and write the folder itself, but cannot write to the mapped drive version on the same PC, I'm warned I don't have permission. I'm an administrator and the only user on the system. I've tried UNC addressing and direct fixed IP addressing when mapping, no joy. Subst doesn't work properly either (drive comes up as disconnected in explorer, but I believe that's a known Windows bug).

Has anyone done this? I can't see why it shouldn't work. Any help appreciated.


A:Mapped network drive on same PC not writable

Have you fixed this problem ? I have the same one and cannot find a solution anywhere! Thanks.

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Dear All,
I have desktop pc windows xp with sp1.I Mapped some shared folder from local network through Mapped Network Drive.It is easily for open network folder.After some days.When i was double clicked Mapped Network Drive from my computer means.It is not opening directly network folder.It will asking Open With Program Files like this.Please help me.How resolve this problem.Advance thanks to all.
Kindly Regards

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I have a laptop vista 32 home premium and a desktop vista 64 home premium I have a linksys wrt54g wireless router running kaspersky IS 2009. I have networked both computers and both computers can find one another. I have also mapped an external hard drive and both computers can find it. The hard drive is physically connected to the desktop. I can access it through the desktop. It is mapped on the laptop I can see it I can click on it but I get an access denied message when trying to open it.

I have permissions set to full control
I have user accounts on both computers set the same
Firewall is set to allow the traffic
and the drive is set to be shared

I can't open the network drive??
Any Ideas??


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I mapped a network drive for a restricted user. We're on an XP machine (sp2). When he logs off and back on the mapping is no longer there and he has to re-map it. He has full permissions to that share. What can I do to fix this so he doesn't have to re-map the drive every time he logs in? Yes, the "reconnect at login" box is checked.
We are on a domain but the shared folder on the server is on the same subnet as his PC.


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I have a drive letter "M:" mapped to a shared drive on my network. I am unable to delete the mapping. If I click on the icon to access the share I get: "M: Not accesible, drive is not ready".

If I right click on the share and choose DISCONNECT I get: "Network Connection Does Not Exist."

If I use the CMD "net use * /d" command I get: "There are no entries in the list."

The share does exist as I can access it and map it to another unused drive letter but I am unable to get rid of the old broken "M" connection.

I'm using Vista x64 SP2 Ultimate

Any suggestions on how to get rid of this ??

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I have a small (wireless) network in my home. I have mapped a network drive on my husband's computer back to a data file on my computer so we can share a specific program, but every time he restarts his computer the drive is disconnected, so he gets an error when he goes to use the program. To work around this, he simply has to go to My Computer and double-click on the disconned drive and go back, and it reconnects. I've heard this is a known XP problem; is this true? Do you know of a fix?

A:Disconnected Mapped Network Drive

i have found adding the drive to my network places works a lot better then mapping a network drive. no idea why, but i have changed my home network to have all drives i want continously mapped connected via network places - also this has the beniefit of nolonger prompting the connection at login.
BUT I am NOT a network expert - so you may want to wait for more advice

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Hello There,

Hi i have been trying to troubleshoot this problem i have been having with my network drive. I have a program set up on a server and several computers use this program. Well recently the server started to crash constantly and i have another one up and running with just printers set up on it, so i copied the files to the print server and i was mapping the drive to the new server with this extension.. \\nmsu-las-new\banner which is the new server and the old location was \\nmsu-las\banner... so the mapj batch file is configured to map j using the old server location. which is \\nmsu-las\banner .. and i go in and edit the batch file which maps j on the C drive in system32 folder.. change it to the new server which is \\nmsu-las-new\banner and then restart.. when the users log back in the drive is disconnected and i have to remap it. here is how the .bat file looks after i change it.

if exist O:\ net use o: /del >nul
net use O: \\nmsu-las-new\Banner banner /u:nmsu-net\banner /persistent:no
if exist J:\ net use o: /del >nul
net use J: \\Topaz\Banner banner /u:wnmu-net\banner /persistent:no

After all this i have to copy and run registry fixes to allow the program to run but thats not the problem .. i want to know how to keep the drive mapped. Do i have to alter anything else in the .bat file. either on the c drive or the server, or both. the server mapj.bat file is still using the old .bat file. i changed it and the program won't run so it&... Read more

A:My Network drive wil not stay mapped...?

I'll take a stab at this,

Change persistent no to persistent yes maybe.

Oh and your 3rd line has 2 diff drive letters , shouldn't they both be J?

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I'm using XP. I have mapped a network drive to a Windows 7 computer as administrator. I am trying to navigate to Z:\Users\Mary\Pictures\Mary's Pictures. But when I navigate to Z:\Users\Mary\Pictures I don't see "Mary's Pictures". I can see "Mary's Pictures" if I'm at her computer.

What do I have to do to see all folders and files on Z?

A:Mapped network drive access

Welcome EddyQ.

do you have don't show hidden and system files unchecked in folder options? That could be the reason
or the user mary does not have sharing on her pictures folder.

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Is there a way to boot up from a floppy drive, a bootup disk to erase the Hard Drive?

So I can Clean Install XP.

Thank you.

A:Boot Disc to Command Prompt to Format and Erase Infected Hard Drive

Well...how do you plan to install XP...from recovery disks, from MS XP CD, from recovery partition, etc.? How do you plan to accomplish the install?

Deleting the preexisting partition or formatting same...should be a part of the clean install option provided by most means of installing XP.

Essentially, there's no need to "erase" the hard drive by other means.


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I have a few computers here in my office that randomly disconnects from the mapped network drive which is on our server. Both computers are operating on Windows XP Professional and the server is running Windows 2003 Server (small business edition). All computers have plenty of RAM (at least 1 Gig each) and are most likely P4 chipsets (one is a brand new Dell Optiplex and the other is no name brand). I did check to see if I have enough licenses on my server, which we have 10 and we have a total of 7 computers accessing the server. If anyone can help me with this issue, please post ASAP so I can get this issue resolved.

Dan Fusco
FUSION CRDD/RMA-Engineering, Riverside.

A:Mapped Network Drive suddenly disconnects...

Check the PC NIC cards Power Management Setting to make sure the computer is not powering the Lan Cards down.

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Basically I have shared drives on a windows 2008 Server that I need my windows 7 workstation to be able to share to my Xbox 360 through wmp12.

I've followed this guide:

Sharing your media

This did little to nothing, despite giving rights and setting the network service to sign in using an account that can access the remote shares.

I ended up making a syslinked folder and using mklink /d shared created links to my mapped network drives.

they now show up in media player, and the folder is also setup to be indexed. The xbox can even browse the remote folders now and see all the files. However when I choose a file the xbox says the file is incompatible. These are WMV files which had no problem playing and are fully compatible.

What am I doing wrong here?

P.S. Microsoft not allowing server 2008 to stream to upnp devices is the stupidest thing I've seen... Windows Home Server can but the high end server 2008 cant? then client systems cant share the remote folders on the server!? wtf, does microsoft do no testing!?

A:Mapped Network Drive with WMP12 and XBOX360

No one seems to have an answer to this anywhere.. am I the only one that needs this?

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I have never had issues with shared drives until I enabled uac, now anytime I try to send a file to another pc I get folder destination access denied. How do I fix this? Win 7 x64

A:Mapped network drive says access denied

This sounds like a permissions issue, try the steps below.
1. Right-click the folder that you want to take ownership of, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab, click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
3. Click Edit. 
4. Click the name of the person you want to give ownership to.

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I have the problem of a long list of redundant mapped network drives without drive letters, for example, documents, documents~1, documents~2, etc. all with same location...right clicking on the mapped does not present any "disconnect" option. Oh, they do not appear as mapped network drives under "My Computer," but under "Network" and the name of the computer (which is on a wireless network with another computer)...I can go to advanced sharing and stop sharing, but then all folders are unshared including the original...I guess this may be the only way of getting this corrected, but it seems like a long way to do something that should be very simple...If anyone knows a quick better way, I would appreciate knowing of it.

A:mapped network drives without drive letters

Unsharing those is going to be the only way to get that to go away, I'm afraid, and that's something you have to do folder-by-folder.

You aren't in a work-environment, are you? If so those folders may have been intentionally shared by your IT department/employer (just food for thought).

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Hello all,

Im in a 2003 native environment with XP Sp3 on all my hosts.

I am having a problem where a mapped network drive is asking for which program to use when opened. You can browse to explorer.exe to open it however the "Always use" option is greyed out. You can also right click on the drive in My Computer and select Explore however it will not open with a double click.

Not all users are affected.

I've done some research for this however have not turned up much. Any help with this is much appreciated.


A:Mapped Network drive asks for program to use

I'm having the same problem - exactly as described by Jace. I had it once before with a SanDisk flash drive, which I reformatted and the problem went away. Obviously I don't want to reformat a network drive. Anyone have any ideas here??

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I have a client running Win XP. They are on a domain running Server 2008 with a few mapped network drives to their data.

Specifically there is one mapped drive which is the User's data folders with everyday running docs, more specifically running MS Excel '97 and Word '97 (yeah I know...time for an upgrade hey? I know...). My problem with only one of the users is that he is able to open the documents on the mapped drive, specifically with .wbk files (the Word Backups), and even allowed to make changes to the files, and even save it. But as soon as he wants to "save as" the file to give it a different name, then Word crashes, the whole system hangs. Not able to get any other response out of it than opening up Task Manager, but even when I try to run some commands from it or end certain task, itself crashes too.

I have no idea what could be going on. Well, I was informed that the system had a virus on a couple of weeks ago, but I have been given no details thereof as I think the person is trying to hide what damaged he has caused by "fixing" some problems found.

This is what I have done so far:

1.) I have done "sfc /scannow"
2.) Malwarebytes scan (find log attached)
3.) HiJackThis (find log attached)

Please tell me if there's anything more you need.


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