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How to map or bind a network drive as a local folder?

By jayjay10 ·
I am using a streamer that is build in to the cable company box.
There is a software running on my PC that allows me to share folders to that streamer.
Problem is that it the software does not support sharing network drive.
Of course all my movies and pictures are on a network drive.
Is there any way to fool the software?
I am running windows XP and windows 7.

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by pongidae

Do you have the network drive mapped to your local pc? It will require a double hop from the streamer but the folders should then be available through the pc rather than directly from the network drive.
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Does the streamer recognize dlna and is your network drive dlna compatible? If so it's just a matter of turning on the service and then pointing the streamer at it.

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Interesting...

by cmiller5400 In reply to How to map or bind a netw ...

No native way that I know of. There may be some third-party software to accomplish this, but I don't know of any windows command to accomplish this.

EDIT: Are you saying that even though you have a mapped network drive (as a letter), the streaming software on your PC will not recognize it?

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use the DOS command NET USE

by icemandk In reply to How to map or bind a netw ...

If the software for the streamer is running on your PC, then you can open a command prompt (cmd.exe) and type net use x: \\server\share, the mapping will exist also after closing the command prompt.

This will give you a normal drive mapping to your share. If you want to remove it again, then use: net use x: /delete

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Make a hard link

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to How to map or bind a netw ...

You would need to make a new empty folder and then hard link it to the network share. This way the contents of this empty folder appears to contain the files from your mapped network drive. This is just smoke and mirrors.

If you have Win7 you can use "mklink":
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753194(WS.10).aspx

If you have XP then you need to get a special program to perform this feat of computing wizardry:
http://www.flexhex.com/docs/articles/hard-links.phtml

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