Map local folder as network drive

Anyone who works in a network usually knows what network drives are. The user can access files and folders on external Windows servers or clients via the network drives and, for simplicity, the paths are assigned to a drive letter.

The administrator can decide how to connect which paths to which network letter. This is usually very pleasant for the user, because it is also possible to access longer paths simply via the drive letter or via the network connection. But this can also be used locally, for example to connect local paths as a separate network drive and thus simplify the work a little.

Set up local folders as a network drive

For example, the local folder

C: video

to connect as drive Z: all you have to do is right- click the ” This PC ” item in Windows Explorer , as you can see here in the figure below.

connect network drive

The following point is then to be called up in the Explorer context menu that then appears

Connect network drive…

Then another window opens in which you can assign the network folders.

Localhost $

First you have to select the drive letter with which the network folder should be connected. You must then enter the local folder in the following form:

\ localhost c $ FOLDER NAME

With this you access the administrative share C $ on the local Windows PC. The placeholder ” FOLDER NAME ” can be replaced by any path. However, this path must also exist, otherwise Windows Explorer cannot connect the network drive. After the successful connection you will find the new drive directly in Windows Explorer and you can access it at any time.

With ” Disconnect network drive … “, as can be seen in the first figure, you can deactivate the assigned network drive at any time.

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