Would some one please explain "mapping"?

Posted: 02-19-2009, 05:13 PM
I have tried Googling mapped drives, and various related terms, but
have not really found a good explanation. I would appreciate someone
explaining just what a "mapped drive" is and how/why it would be used.
Thanks.

Would some one please explain "mapping"?


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Malke
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-19-2009, 06:29 PM
jetjock wrote:
> I have tried Googling mapped drives, and various related terms, but
> have not really found a good explanation. I would appreciate someone
> explaining just what a "mapped drive" is and how/why it would be used.
> Thanks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_mapping

You need to work on your Googling skills. ;-)

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jetjock
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-20-2009, 05:20 PM
On Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:29:55 -0800, Malke <malke@invalid.invalid>
wrote:
>jetjock wrote:
>
>> I have tried Googling mapped drives, and various related terms, but
>> have not really found a good explanation. I would appreciate someone
>> explaining just what a "mapped drive" is and how/why it would be used.
>> Thanks.
>
>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_mapping
>
>You need to work on your Googling skills. ;-)
>
>Malke
Thanks for the info. I had found most of that before, but figured I
must be missing something. What is the point of mapping a drive when
I get the same results just going to "My Network Places" in my file
browser and clicking on the drive I want to access? I just assumed
there must be more to it!
Questor
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-20-2009, 06:12 PM
--->
> On Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:29:55 -0800, Malke <malke@invalid.invalid>
> wrote:
>
>> jetjock wrote:
>>
>>> I have tried Googling mapped drives, and various related terms, but
>>> have not really found a good explanation. I would appreciate someone
>>> explaining just what a "mapped drive" is and how/why it would be used.
>>> Thanks.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_mapping
>>
>> You need to work on your Googling skills. ;-)
>>
>> Malke
>
> Thanks for the info. I had found most of that before, but figured I
> must be missing something. What is the point of mapping a drive when
> I get the same results just going to "My Network Places" in my file
> browser and clicking on the drive I want to access? I just assumed
> there must be more to it!
The only real reason I map drives is to that they persist between
reboots. If you assign a drive as "M" for instance, it will reconnect
as "M" the next time you reboot and will be available in "Computer" if
you need it.

Questor
Malke
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-20-2009, 06:41 PM
jetjock wrote:
> Thanks for the info. I had found most of that before, but figured I
> must be missing something. What is the point of mapping a drive when
> I get the same results just going to "My Network Places" in my file
> browser and clicking on the drive I want to access? I just assumed
> there must be more to it!
If you read through the information at that link and others that I'm sure
you found, you would have seen that mapping a drive 1) makes the computer
think it's a local drive; 2) it persists; 3) some specialty programs need a
drive to be mapped in order to run a server-side program.

Malke
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Bill Kearney
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-21-2009, 04:52 PM
> If you read through the information at that link and others that I'm sure
> you found, you would have seen that mapping a drive 1) makes the computer
> think it's a local drive; 2) it persists; 3) some specialty programs need
> a
> drive to be mapped in order to run a server-side program.
No, the use of a drive letter will not make the computer think it's a local
drive. Plenty of software will reject it if the software really wants to
restrict use to actual local drive media. Now, whether that software is a
pile of garbage, that's fodder for a different debate. This also covers
situation 3. As for situation 2, a drive letter does not necessarily
persist. It can, and most people would probably want that behavior but it's
by no means permanent.

For an analogy in the real world, television and cable stations are all
mapped. They're mapped from radio frequency numbers to more human-friendly
channel numbers. You're more likely to remember a channel number instead of
VHF or UHF frequency numbers. Same sort of analogy for drive letters and
network paths, it's perhaps easier to remember m:\my folder\my files\
instead of \\servername\sharename\my folder\my files.

jetjock
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-22-2009, 04:10 AM
On Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:12:35 -0500, Questor <Questor@minimoe.com>
wrote:
>--->
>> On Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:29:55 -0800, Malke <malke@invalid.invalid>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> jetjock wrote:
>>>
>>>> I have tried Googling mapped drives, and various related terms, but
>>>> have not really found a good explanation. I would appreciate someone
>>>> explaining just what a "mapped drive" is and how/why it would be used.
>>>> Thanks.
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_mapping
>>>
>>> You need to work on your Googling skills. ;-)
>>>
>>> Malke
>>
>> Thanks for the info. I had found most of that before, but figured I
>> must be missing something. What is the point of mapping a drive when
>> I get the same results just going to "My Network Places" in my file
>> browser and clicking on the drive I want to access? I just assumed
>> there must be more to it!
>
>The only real reason I map drives is to that they persist between
>reboots. If you assign a drive as "M" for instance, it will reconnect
>as "M" the next time you reboot and will be available in "Computer" if
>you need it.
>
>Questor
Questor,

This is probably a REALLY dumb question but here goes anyway!

Even if you map a drive from another computer on a network to your
computer, wouldn't that computer still have to be turned on and "on
the network" before you could do anything with it? If so, I still
don't see any advantage to mapping. The files are just in a different
location in your folder tree after mapping.
jetjock
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-22-2009, 04:14 AM
On Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:41:04 -0800, Malke <malke@invalid.invalid>
wrote:
>jetjock wrote:
>
>> Thanks for the info. I had found most of that before, but figured I
>> must be missing something. What is the point of mapping a drive when
>> I get the same results just going to "My Network Places" in my file
>> browser and clicking on the drive I want to access? I just assumed
>> there must be more to it!
>
>If you read through the information at that link and others that I'm sure
>you found, you would have seen that mapping a drive 1) makes the computer
>think it's a local drive; 2) it persists; 3) some specialty programs need a
>drive to be mapped in order to run a server-side program.
>
>Malke
Malke,

Please see my question to Questor. I guess what I am asking him is;
by 1) & 2) above do you mean that the mapped drive becomes part of
YOUR computer and "persists" there even when the mapped computer is
shut down? If so, I can definitely see an advantage to mapping a
drive in that case.
jetjock
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-22-2009, 04:19 AM
On Sat, 21 Feb 2009 11:52:53 -0500, "Bill Kearney"
<wkearney99@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> If you read through the information at that link and others that I'm sure
>> you found, you would have seen that mapping a drive 1) makes the computer
>> think it's a local drive; 2) it persists; 3) some specialty programs need
>> a
>> drive to be mapped in order to run a server-side program.
>
>No, the use of a drive letter will not make the computer think it's a local
>drive. Plenty of software will reject it if the software really wants to
>restrict use to actual local drive media. Now, whether that software is a
>pile of garbage, that's fodder for a different debate. This also covers
>situation 3. As for situation 2, a drive letter does not necessarily
>persist. It can, and most people would probably want that behavior but it's
>by no means permanent.
>
>For an analogy in the real world, television and cable stations are all
>mapped. They're mapped from radio frequency numbers to more human-friendly
>channel numbers. You're more likely to remember a channel number instead of
>VHF or UHF frequency numbers. Same sort of analogy for drive letters and
>network paths, it's perhaps easier to remember m:\my folder\my files\
>instead of \\servername\sharename\my folder\my files.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond. I hope I
haven't come across as a total idiot, but I have wondered about
"mapping" for a long time and could never find an explanation that
layed everything out in terms I could understand.
Presto
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Re: Would some one please explain "mapping"?
Posted: 02-23-2009, 10:55 PM
Another way to use mapping :
I have several folders on several drives on the same computer. I map them as
such to make navigation much faster than looking for the individual folders.
Here's an example:

Mapped drive letter - folder location
G:\ e:\financial\generaldocs\
H:\ e:\financial\hotfiles\
P:\ f:\projects\
R:\ f:\projects\readyfiles
T:\ f:\tech\
S:\ f:\storage\
Z:\ z:\personalstorage\%profilename%\

So, if I want to save a hotfile, I simply select the H:\ drive and it will
automatically put the file in the "e:\financial\hotfiles\" folder
etc.... get it? If I save my personal address book excel spreadsheet, I
would select the Z:\ drive and it will go directly to my folder with my
profile name. Cool huh?? Works for me.


"jetjock" <jetjock@hanger.com> wrote in message
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>I have tried Googling mapped drives, and various related terms, but
> have not really found a good explanation. I would appreciate someone
> explaining just what a "mapped drive" is and how/why it would be used.
> Thanks.
 
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