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I'm looking for a way to map an sFTP connection to a Windows (Vista) drive. In other words, a tool that would add a new drive (let's say N:) to my computer, that would directly point to my remote server via sFTP.

That way, "N:\my_dir\file.txt" would actually be something like "/home/user/my_dir/file.txt" on the remote server. Reading the file on Windows would download it, and writing content in it would upload it...network transfers being made via sFTP.

I'm aware of Novell NetDrive, but it has various issues with long filenames, and seems to corrupt UTF-8 files content depending on the BOM. Do you know about any reliable alternative ?

Thanks !

Edit : I have complete control of the remote server, except that it's remote enough for me not to be able to physically access it.

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You might find more answers at serverfault, but I'm not even sure this is easily possible. –  Nate Bross Nov 5 '09 at 18:35
Do you have control in the remote server? Can you install packages and stuff? –  GmonC Nov 6 '09 at 0:17
I have complete control of the remote server, except that it's remote enough for me not to be able to physically access it. –  Nicolas Nov 6 '09 at 21:07

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WebDrive seems to be a NetDrive replacement.

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I ended up using WebDrive, which is an amazing product. I recommend it. –  Nicolas Nov 16 '09 at 10:18
Yeah, but $70 is a bit steep! Trial only lasts 20 days. –  Simon Jul 13 '13 at 14:27

Based on a similar question at Serverfault.com (this thread came up first searching for a tool however), one can also try the free version of SFTP Net Drive.

A commenter on the answer describes it as similar to the paid tool ExpanDrive.

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Note: SFTP Net Drive and NetDrive are actually different products. The former one mentioned here works quite nicely, thanks! –  Simon Jul 13 '13 at 14:37

I've used a product called "SftpDrive" in the past, it looks like it's been renamed to ExpanDrive these days. It worked pretty well, but it's shareware-y: you can try it for free, but you do have to buy it if you intend to keep using it. If you really need this functionality, though, it does work well.

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There was a port of FUSE for Windows - that might work for you, but other than NetDrive I'm not aware of other tools that would support sFTP


I was just looking for an answer for a related question:

There is also a commercial product: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExpanDrive

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WebDrive will map a network drive letter to your SFTP server so you can edit those files with your Windows applications.

You mentioned that Novell's NetDrive looked similar but was problematic. Novell NetDrive is actually an OEM version of really early WebDrive technology from about 10-12 years ago. We licensed it to Novell for distribution exclusively with their Novell NetWare OS back at the turn of the century. Novell no longer has a license for our technology and so NetDrive is dead and not compatible with modern versions of Windows.

WebDrive does cost $. We charge for the product so that customers can have free technical support, including streaming support if necessary, and so that we can keep a full-time staff of programmers, technical support engineers, technical writers, sales and other staff who are 100% dedicated to ensuring that WebDrive keeps getting better- all based on customer input.

We've been developing WebDrive for over 15 years, and our goal is to give users the best possible product in exchange for their purchase.

Full disclosure: I work for South River Technologies, the developer of WebDrive/NetDrive.

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Just try Moodisk. It's a Windows shell namespace extension that can map the sftp-server directory to an icon on your own computer desktop. Moreover, it's integrated into the mouse's right click "Send To" submenu.

Moodisk is a network drive, but you can download the client tool, and modify the file "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts", appending the below line:

<your sftp-server's ip address>   www.moodisk.com
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I tried a few, and Swish seemed to be one of the best, and it works as a Windows Explorer extension.

Saving opened files back to the server isn't yet implemented though

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