How to create a V drive

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On Monday a clients laptop hard disk was on the verge of failing. I backed up the data, installed a new hard drive and proceeded to reinstall the software.

I'm having a problem installing some OLD accounting software (VADAR). I contacted the company's techsupport (for which we pay 1,400.00 a year). The support rep say's I need to install a "v" drive before we can run the software. The tech said he doesn't know how to install the "v" drive "because it's hardware".. "v" to me mean's a virtual drive which would be software but whatever.

I did some research and figured out how to create a virtual drive, called it "v" and created an autoexec.bat, added it to the registry so it will load at boot. Now I have a pretty little virtual drive (v drive) pointed at the vadar folder.

I'm pretty sure when I call tech "support" on Monday this will not be right. I pulled the new drive out, put the old drive in to see if there is a virtual drive setup on the old drive. The only drive's are c (root) & d (cdrom). I proceeded to check out the shortcuts on the desktop to see where they are pointed. That's when I saw this:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\MSACCESS.EXE" "C:\vadar\act\Brookfield_app.act" /wrkgrp "C:\vadar\system.mdw"

What is interesting is the "/wrkgrp" entry. What is that all about? This is a stand-alone system. It doesn't connect to a database on the network. I'm assuming that entry is bouncing, redirecting, or mirroring back to the local machine. If this is true than my virtural disk isn't going to help me... ...I don't think...

Does anyone have any idea what is going on here? What's with the "/wrkgrp"? What's a "v" drive? How do I set it up? And finally, why on god's green earth are we paying 1,400.00 a yr for support when the support people don't know how to install their own software???

Thanks in advance..
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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
yopu dont mean jsut map v: to a network path??

go in to my computer..

tool on the top menu.. map network drive.... chose drive letteer. chose path and tick to make it permente over logg ons???

I can't tell you about a "V" drive, or about Vadar, but I can tell you about that /wrkgrp switch ;)

It is just a switch tha tells access to start up using the specified workgroup information file. The syntax is:

MSACCESS.exe  /wrkgrp [path to workgroup information file]

Which in your case, is "C:\vadar\system.mdw".

So that isn't the source of your problem. The word "workgroup" kinda has a double meaning here since an Access Workgroup Information File describes various security privileges and workspace information for the database appliation being run.... in this case Vadar.

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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
we have a lot of trouble with people phoning up the help desk saying i need the r: drive or q: drive...

what they dont relise is that you can map a drive letter to any path you want to (assuming they have permissions and it is shared)

so the R drive may point one place for some one and a totaly differnet place for some one else.. so phoning up the help desk and saying you need access to the R drive means nothing to us IT unit..

you need the drive letter and the path.. then you can map it as i decribed in my first post!

Oh and that command line you wrote..
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\MSACCESS.EXE" "C:\vadar\act\Brookfield_app.act" /wrkgrp "C:\vadar\system.mdw

means use microsoft access to open up the two files.. C:\vadar\act\Brookfield_app.act" and C:\vadar\system.mdw
/wrkgp is a switch of some kind? not sure what though..

but for instance if you run "ipconfig" in a command line. it will give you some information. running "ipconfig /all" willl give you more info than ipconfig along..

so that full command may mean something like
open C:\vadar\act\Brookfield_app.act with microsoft access, and use the work group (/wrkgp) information from C:\vadar\system.mdw.... i'm not saying this is deffently correct as i dont know the system but this is how i would read it. however no idea where the V drive would come in to it?? but maybe some where it dose have to go back to a network drive and this is hard coded in to the aplication to be the V drive??

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
What OS are you running?  
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
never mind, I see it in the tags now... I've seen issues with people storing data in a database that says files are on the V: drive and/or poorly written databases that directly reference V:\something.  Since you are using an access database, I would just share C: and then reconnect to it... It might not be that easy though... it's possible any database references to V:\ are expecting a specific path - like V:\ is actually C:\vadar.  If that's the case, you share C:\vadar and connect to it as the V:\ drive.
Digital_DNAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the information/help people.  After reading Frosty's post about what the /wrkgrp switch is I simply recreated the desktop shortcut with the same target path posted above and everything worked out.  I had tried it before and it didn't work... ...I probably entered if incorrectly or something.  

Anywho...  No "v" drive created or needed.  All it needed was the proper "target path" information entered and the "open in" path.  

Digital_DNAAuthor Commented:
Hey Frosty,

Thanks for the response..  Based on your explination of the /wrkgrp switch I was able to understand what was happing.  I simply went back, recreated the shortcut with the proper target path and the open in path and it worked.  I was making it more difficult than it actaully was.  Partially becasue of the tech support people telling me I need a "v" drive which isn't at all true.  I didn't even have to share the C drive.  

prop's mate..
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