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The drive is disconnected, and I'm off the network. How do I unmap the drive?

This seems like it should be a simple procedure, but I'm missing something. My Google-fu is weak today...

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I can't test this here as I'm not on a network, but I think it's a case of doing this:

  1. Right-click Network in Windows Explorer.
  2. Select Disconnect network drive....
  3. In the list that appears, right-click the drive you wish to remove and select Remove.

I think it's something like that but as I say, I can't test it here.

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On the command line (substitute your drive letter for z):

net use z: /delete
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+1: That's far easier. –  John H Dec 1 '11 at 18:58
You don't even need to type in delete, you can get away with just del. Look at how much quicker you can disconnect! –  Mitch Dec 1 '11 at 19:30
This does not work with disconnected drives! –  Tom Jun 17 '13 at 15:28
This is much better than using the Windows Explorer approach if the drive isn't currently accessible. Even in Windows 8 you have to wait quite some time for the right-click context menu to appear for an unavailable mapping. With the command line approach it's immediate. –  Bern Jun 28 '13 at 8:26

On the command line, try:

net use

This shows all currently mapped drives. If the one you're looking for is in the list, you can use:

net use x: /delete

where X: is the drive you're trying to remove. But if the drive has been removed, there may be no such drive letter shown. In that case, just type the Remote identifier for the mapping:

net use\WorkFiles /delete
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Listing how to remove the connection when the path drive is no longer listed was a great point to make. –  Fuzz Evans Aug 28 '13 at 18:50

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