I have an old software which needs access to a network drive, eg. \\nameofnetworkdrive but the problem is that the network drive has now been replaced by an external USB drive (eg. drive X). Is there any way to create a symbolic link so that when the software tries to access \\nameofnetworkdrive it will in fact access from the new external drive X: instead? In other words, to trick the software into thinking that the network drive still exist but in fact it has been replaced by external drive X:?
I have tried to make the external drive X: as a network drive and try to use the same name as the previous network drive but this doesn't work because windows will automatically use the machine name of my computer as the first part of the name of the network drive, eg. \\computer name\nameofnetworkdrive
I am using an old Windows Vista. Grateful if anyone can show me what commands I can use in MS DOS to make this link.
Following the response I have received, I have created the network drive by the following:-
net share nameofnetworkdrive=X:
However, it has created a network drive with the name \\mycomputer\nameofnetworkdrive
Is there any way of making this network name to be \\nameofnetworkdrive without the mention of mycomputer? because the old software would only work if it can find a network drive with the name \\nameofnetworkdrive.
Grateful for any help on this! Thanks!
It would be easier if I explain the current problem. When I net share the external drive say X:, the path of such network drive will be called \[name of my computer][name that I create for this network drive]. Problem is my old software will only recognise a standalone network drive called \[name of network drive] but not one which is preceded by \[my computer]. The only way of course is to put the external drive into the network via an ethernet port (which is not possible because this drive does not have an ethernet port). As long as the external drive is plugged into my computer as an external drive when sharing the drive to the network its path will be preceded by the name of mycomputer. I am trying to find ways of getting rid of that path to mycomputer and making the drive as a stand alone network drive as if it was connected directly into the network via ethernet port. Hope this explains the problem. Thanks again for your help.