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

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

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.

Clarifications

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.
- Or -
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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    cmiller5400

    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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    icemandk

    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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    Spitfire_Sysop

    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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    cmiller5400

    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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    icemandk

    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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    Spitfire_Sysop

    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