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Making network drive appear as a local drive

Updated on September 10, 2013

This article will give you step by step instructions to make network drive appear as if it is a local drive in XP. The process of making a network drive work as a local hard drive is known as 'Mapping a network drive'. By mapping a drive, you can work on it as if the drive is fitted on your computer.

Do the following steps to make a hard drive work as a local drive.

1. Right click on 'My Computer' or 'My Network Places' and then select 'Map Network Drive' from the menu.

2. The 'Map Network Dive' window will appear. Click 'Browse' to select the shared network drive. A shared drive is a drive in another computer which is shared.

3. A 'Browse For Folder' window will appear. Search the box to find out all the shared drives. Select your desired network drive from this window. Then press the 'OK' button.

4. Now select a drive letter from the drop down menu. This will be the drive letter of your mapped drive. In the picture below I have selected 'W'.

5. Press the 'Finish' button.

6. You have done it. Now, you can see the drive in the 'My Computer' window and work on it as if a local drive. In the picture above I have selected 'W' as the drive letter, so the drive letter of this network drive will be 'W'.


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