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Why is it bad to map network drives in Windows?

There has been some spirited discussion within our IT department about mapping network drives. In particular, it has been said that mapping network drives is A Bad Thing and that adding DFS paths or ...
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Can you browse a UNC path using a command line environment without mapping it to a network drive?

C:\> cd \\somewhere '\\somewhere' CMD does not support UNC paths as current directories. What I usually do to get around this is to map that directory to a network drive and then I could easily ...
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How to remove permanent map of a network drive on OS X Lion?

Some time ago I mapped a network drive on my Snow Leopard Mac, which was upgraded to Lion. The network drive is not active any more and I receive popups all the time with the error: There was a ...
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Why does Windows say “The disk that your backup is saved on is about to fail”?

On my Windows 8 machine, I have set up backup to a network location on my new NAS (a Synology DS412+). Backup has succeeded. But in the "Windows 7 File Recovery" section of the Control Panel it says ...
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How do I find where a network drive is mapped to in Windows 7?

How do I find out where a network drive on my work machine is mapped to? One of the four has the location in brackets next to it but the other three don't.
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When accessing a drive on a computer over the network, why do you use a '$'

When accessing a network drive over a network, i.e. \\BasementComputer\C$ Why do I need to use the '$', is this just a syntax thing?
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Command Prompt in Administrator mode doesn't see mapped drives

I am not sure but when I start my Command Prompt in Administrator mode, I can't switch to a mapped drive. I can do so if I am not in Administrator mode. Am I missing something simple?
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Map network drive for Google Drive to appears as a normal drive in Windows Explorer

Is it possible to "map network drive" for Google Drive so it appears as a usual Windows drive in Explorer? (And on a Mac and Linux?)
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Do network hard drives require a computer to work/be network accessible?

I want the network hard drive or drive with an ethernet port so that I don't need a computer to make it network-accessible. Is a computer required, or can I do this computer-independently with an ...
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How to wake a network drive from batch script?

I have a batch script which runs a robocopy. It is failing because the drive is not awake. In windows explorer, doubling clicking on that icon "wakes" up the link and the cross disappears and the ...
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Cannot delete folders on a network drive from Windows 7

I have a really strange problem. I am using Windows 7 Professional with SP1 installed. I have a My Book 500GB external hard drive connected to the network via Linksys E3000. Now in Windows 7 I am ...
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Deleted file on network drive

I deleted a file on a network drive. Is it possible to get it back? It is not in my recycle bin, and it is not in the recycle bin on the server to which I have a network drive too.
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Is there a way to mount Google Docs like a drive on the Mac?

I know that I access Google Docs from Cyberduck and add/change docs. But is there a way to mount Google docs so I can access it like a drive?
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Looking for definitive answer to accessing a network drive/NAS/SMB drive via Windows 7 HOME and Windows 7 Professional. Is it possible and how?

I want to be able to access my Lacie 2Big network drive in Windows 7 Explorer. I have a machine with Windows 7 Home and one with Windows 7 Professional. Neither Windows 7, home or pro, can access the ...
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How to remap network drives without logging in again?

Normally when I log in to Windows Vista I have several network drives that automatically get mapped. Every so often this fails. Is there a way I can triggering mapping all these drives without logging ...
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How do I change to a mapped network drive at the command line?

I have a networked drive mapped to "U:\" I want to go to that drive from a command line. However, when I try I get an error C:>u: The system cannot find the drive specified. How do I do that? Can ...
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Determine the mapped network path from cmd window

I have a network drive - mapped to Z:\ Is there a simple command to know the full network path from cmd ? I.e. if cmd shows Z:\ABC\, I had like a command to output \\networkDrive\MappedDir\ABC net ...
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Why can't I see 95% of a file's .jpg pics on my old XP hard drive (F) patched into my new Win7 system?

Networked drives, Lost in Translation? 5% success rate? Old XP files on HD F, fetched from new Win7 system HD C... is proving a puzzling hit & miss. If I boot up in XP from my old hard drive, ...
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Behavior of xcopy when moving files on a network drive

Using a batch file, suppose a directory on a network machine, mapped to a drive with net use. net use \\"server name"\"share name" y: Then from that directory y: cd archive An xcopy to another ...
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Problem in mapping a network drive

I am trying to map a network drive using command: net use * //192.168.211.11 But getting an error message like this: System error 53 has occurred. The network path was not found. I ...
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NAS for use with mac os x and multiple time machine

I'm researching purchasing a NAS drive but I have some questions about whether it will fulfil my requirements. I have a very Apple-centric household with an iMac, air, iPad and a couple of iPhones! ...
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accessing the mapped network drives using mingw shell

How to access the mapped network drives from the mingw shell? When I try cd y: or cd /y or y: All I get is No such file or directory or sh.exe y:: command not found. I am able to access the same ...
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Network drive constantly remaps at startup

I mistakenly mapped my P: drive in Windows 7 to a useless network share, and for the life of me I can't remove the network drive. It was set to "reconnect at login" and it seems impossible to remove. ...
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How can I disable access denied when copying from network drive to program files?

I have a mapped network drive (to samba on local network) and when I try to copy a file from it to Program Files or other "secure" folders UAC pops up I confirm, and it still gives me access denied. ...
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What if \\Server\Folder1 and \\Server\Folder2 requires different user accounts?

OK, I think this is a plausible scenario. Let us assume that there is a Server, and it has Folder1 and Folder2. Folder1 allows only user1 to access itself, and Folder2 allows only user2. Now suppose ...
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Adobe Reader not accessing Symbolic Link over network drive

My main system is running Windows 7. I have a mapped network drive (call it z:) that is hosted on a Windows XP machine (not sure if this matters at all). I have created a Symbolic link (call it SL, ...
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Blue Screen of Death when accessing a mapped network drive

I'm facing a hard time solving a BSOD which happens whenever I access a mapped network drive. It only happens when I access a particular folder in this drive. The error code is: BAD_POOL_HEADER ...
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Mapped networkdrive on logout

I'm using a script to keep a mapped networkconnection alive, but ofcourse the mapped connection is gone when I logout. The point is now, that I'm running this on Windows Server 2008 R2, where I use ...
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Mapped drives “stuck” on Windows 7 after disconnecting them..solutions?

Some digging around suggests that this is a common-ish problem, but instead of workarounds, I'd like to see if there is a way to fix this once and for all. Having to restart the shell to get basic ...
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Open a network drive with different user

Normally, after we open a network drive using one authentication, its hard to change the user that it used to open that drive to another one. I basically have to use credential manager for this ...
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Mapped Network Drives not available in Citrix application depending on local machine

It's simpler than the title suggests. When I log into a remote application via Citrix XenApp from Box A (Windows XP) and Box B (Windows 7) I can see all local physical disks and locally mapped ...
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Map network location only when connected to certain netowrk

I am using windows 8 (x64) and wehn I am at work I have access to a folder on the network that is at \foo\bar. I have mapped this to a drive (J:) but whenever the PC connects to another network it ...
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Deleting a file from a network drive

If I have a network drive setup which connects to a specific server. If I delete a file from that network drive, it does not go into my desktop recycle bin and it does not go into the recycle bin on ...
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Getting Access is denied while using NET view command

I'm trying to map a network drive to my machine and I'm using net view \computename but I'm getting the "Access is denied" message. How do I provide the username and password to the net view command ...
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How do I stop Windows 7 from changing the path of a shortcut to a mapped drive if the drive shows as disconnected?

How do I stop Windows 7 from changing the path of a shortcut to a mapped drive if the drive shows as disconnected? I have cases where I need to map a drive to a folder on the same machine. For some ...
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Possible to resume download from network drive if it gets disconnected?

I need to download a 10 GB VM file from a network drive. The problem is I periodically need to access a VPN connection which disconnects the network drive. I am not able to resume the download after ...
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Msbuild does not recognize mapped network drive

We have a project that builds and has a post build event. The post build event copies the output DLL to a directory F. The system is supposed to place all DLLs in the F drive. In my system, I cannot ...
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Automatically move files to an external drive when it's available

I have an networked drive connected to an Airport Extreme, so it's available whenever I'm on my home wifi network. I'd like to automatically move files from a specific folder to a specific folder on ...
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Cannot map network drives using 'net use' while elevated as an administrator

So, this problem stems from not being able to save anything on my network drives. I tried using takeown on everything in the network drive as the user Joey (which is an administrator on my computer ...
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Can I make files deleted on the NAS automatically go to the recycle bin? [duplicate]

So when I use my desktop and delete \NAS\Files\Directory, that I can still recover the files from the NAS' recycle bin. The NAS is just a normal Windows share on a Windows 7 computer. I don't like ...
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Windows: Avoid confirmation dialog when running excutables in network drives

How can I get rid of the confirmation dialog that appears when I try to run an executable which is located in a network drive? Is there any configuration option somewhere to stop Windows from asking ...
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Want to map a network dive to G, but G doesn't appear as an option. How do I do this?

I have an HP computer running Windows 7. I am trying to map my server as network drive "G". "G" doesn't appear as an option. I need to have it mapped as "G"so it is consistent with my other work ...
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Can I optimize Explorer.exe for a slow drive?

Is it possible to give a hint to Explorer.exe that it's dealing with slow drive, for example, something like a network share? Explorer should go easy with it, i.e. not constantly looking up ...
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How do I find the user that was specified on a drive mapping?

I'm running Windows 7, and I have various network drives that were previously mapped. I want to check which credentials were specified at the point that the mapping was created. How can I see this ...
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Sync a Network Drive to a MS OneDrive account using Windows 7

I'm curious is there is anyway to sync a network drive to a MS OneDrive account. All computers connected to the network drive use Windows 7 (64). What we are wanting to do is have an automatic cloud ...
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Red X shown for connected drives

I am getting a red X on drives that are connected and accessible. It only happens to network drives, not local drives. Here is a screen shot: Any ideas how to correct this problem?
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Use vodafone easy-box umts-stick slot for usb network drive

I own a Vodafone DSL-EasyBox 602 as router for my home wlan. This device includes a USB-UMTS-Stick Slot for mobile internet. I don't use this USB slot and was wondering, if I could use this USB Slot ...
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mklink /d not working

I have a folder with my pictures on a network drive. I would like that folder in the pictures library in windows 8. It wouldn't let me add it since the network drive isn't indexed. Windows help said ...
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Mapping a network drive in Windows so that it only reconnects when accessed?

I have a Windows 8 fileserver that is configured to sleep after a period of going unused, and configured to wake-on-lan. I would like to configure some of the Windows 7 systems on the network to map ...
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Mounting WebDAV drive in Windows Server 2012

I having problems mounting a webdav drive via explorer or cmd with the following command: net use z: "https://.." /user:username password System error 67 has occured. The network name cannot be ...