Solved Trick windows 7 into thinking network drive is local drive

August 24, 2013 at 03:37:48
Specs: Windows 7
I have been wondering lately if a certain kind of program exists. Basically, I have a NAS and I'd very much like to know if it was possible to fake, completely, to the system (I use windows 7) that it was a local drive. Ideally I was thinking of something that would create a virtual drive, then be instructed to pretend as though everything that it can see on some other network drive was actually present on the virtual drive. I know it's at least possible, in general - offhand, I have a copy of Daemon Tools which obviously takes an ISO file and pretends as though a virtual cd drive on the system contains the information, though I don't know if there is a program (or method) for my specific purpose.

Any help is appreciated!

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August 24, 2013 at 23:02:47
Not sure if this would work for what your trying to do but it's worth a look

http://www.ntwind.com/software/util...



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August 24, 2013 at 09:37:03
Have not used a NAS drive but I don't see why you couldn't MAP the NAS which makes it appear like a local drive. What is the advantage either way? I don't understand what you are trying to accomplish.

See the link below.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...


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August 24, 2013 at 09:56:01
There is no way you can fool the system into believing a netwrok drive is anything but a netwrok drive.

Mapping the netwrok drive should achieve anything you need. The system still knows it is a netwrok drive but it behaves as if it were a local drive.

Stuart


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August 24, 2013 at 17:40:04
Oh, it's already mapped, but programs can still see that it is networked if they wish to.

It's not impossible

I mean, yes it's impossible for a mapped network drive to be seen as anything else, but I was imagining something along the lines of Daemon Tools which could create another drive, a virtual one, and then would simply read from the networked and present that as being of the virtual (apparently local) drive.

But I would say it's unlikely for there to be program like I described. It's a rather obscure purpose as well, I admit, but I thought i'd ask anyway.


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August 24, 2013 at 23:02:47
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Not sure if this would work for what your trying to do but it's worth a look

http://www.ntwind.com/software/util...


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#5
August 30, 2013 at 17:04:32
Oh, actually I remember now why I wanted this: I wanted to share the NAS on my local network!

i'll create another question for that specifically as well


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#6
August 30, 2013 at 17:22:18
"Oh, actually I remember now why I wanted this: I wanted to share the NAS on my local network!"

share nas drive on network windows 7
http://is.gd/LTlHnJ

share nas drive on local network windows 7
http://is.gd/6zXdTE

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August 30, 2013 at 17:42:26
I forgot to mention that I'd like to do this in such a way that the NAS is connected directly to my desktop but also shared, via the desktop, to the network

I did obviously do a lot of google searching, but I mostly found solutions in hardware (unfortunately, I don't have a switch) or things about how to index a NAS or map it to a drive letter, which is already done.

But thx for your response


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#8
August 31, 2013 at 13:23:12
btw to whatever mod deleted the other post - those were actually seperate questions

anyway I figured out my more specific problem of having a NAS attached to your destop also shared to the network (if one doesn't happen to have a switch or a proper router)

anyway, it's absurdly simple - I just bridged the two connections in windows, and with some minor tweaks it works - my desktop routes my NAS data to my lan :)

ty for everyone who responded - I at least wouldn't of thought of it if not for ppl suggesting things to me ( I think I had some problems with software bridging in the past, which made me ignore it this time...silly me)


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