I'm using an online backup solution that does not work with networked drives or mapped drives. Is it possible to make a network drive show up as a "regular" folder? What possible impacts could this have?

Edit: The backup solution will backup files located here:


but not via net use command, such as:


I'm interested in do doing this in Windows Vista (and pretty soon in Windows 7).


Microsoft added Symlink support in Windows Vista, which should work here. You'll need to use the mklink command line tool to do this:

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target

/D - Creates a directory symbolic link. Default to file symbolic link.
/H - Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
/J - Creates a Directory Junction.
Link - Specifies the new symbolic link name.
Target - Specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link refers to.

In your case, it'd work like this (assuming Z: is your mapped drive):

C:\> mklink /D C:\SharedFolder Z:

Then you should be able to point your backup software to C:\SharedFolder.

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You could try creating a symbolic link

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Does it not work because it is a network drive, or because it doesn't have a drive letter/path?

If it's the second, just map the network drive to a drive letter.

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  • The command line for that is net use z: \\server\share. – Richard Gadsden May 7 '09 at 13:59
  • It doesn't work for mapped drives. – Even Mien May 7 '09 at 14:03

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