Windows 10: Mapped Network drive - how to give it its own folder tree?

  1.    13 Feb 2017 #1

    Mapped Network drive - how to give it its own folder tree?

    Hi all,

    I have a mapped network drive and i want to give it its own folder tree on windows explorer (much like OneDrive or SharePoint) i know i could just pin it to quick access but then it gets hidden amongst all my recently used folders.

    Does anyone know how to do this?

    Thanks in advance
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       13 Feb 2017 #2

    In File Explorer [renamed from Windows Explorer a couple versions earlier] I map the Public Folder on my 2 NAS drives and get everything stored in it listed the same as on the Internal drives whether on Windows, Linux or macOS. Each drive is listed in the left Navigation panel under the local drives.
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  3.    13 Feb 2017 #3

    Hi Berton,

    Yup that is what i have too, but if possible i would like to take them out from there and have them on their own
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       13 Feb 2017 #4

    I think I'd look into creating a Shortcut to a Folder on the drive/s,maybe put it on the Desktop or in the Libraries in File Explorer. The only real issue I have with Shortcuts is assuring what they point to stays the same through restarts. By default Windows usually assigns drive letters to Networked storage beginning with Z: and working back up the alphabet, my first was Z: and Y: got added to the second drive.

    Also, using File Explorer on the Taskbar you can open a desired Folder, right-click the File Explorer icon and Pin that Folder [or maybe a particular file] to the list, makes for quick access.
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  5.    14 Feb 2017 #5

    Hi there

    If your NAS is a Linux type based system then set a name in SAMBA for the Folder / Drive you want to connect.

    E.g say I have a shared drive or folder in the SAMBA config file called HDD1 then windows explorer will mount it as "HDD1:\\servername) (Z:\)" assuming you've mounted HDD1 on Z in Windows. Leave off double quotes --used to stop special symbols from being converted to emoticons.

    You can also in File explorer set reconnect at login so if you reboot / restart windows the connection should be the same (assuming the server is still running).

    so in the Linux server you mount say dev HDD1 to a mountpoint e.g (as root) mount /dev/sdb -t auto -o rw /mnt/XXX

    where XXX is your Linux mountpoint.

    In the samba config simply have this type of entry for the share.

    comment your shared folder
    path = /mnt/XXX
    guest ok = yes
    writeable = yes
    browsewable = yes

    It will show the windows drive letter and server name as well as the Samba share name in explorer.

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