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Show network share as local disk

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How can I show a network share as local disk? This is needed to access an Outlook Mailbox Store that is on  the share but I don't want to copy the files to the local drive on the PC
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by:drequinox
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try to map the network drive, so that it get a label like x: which will look like a local drive in my computer and will be accessible by just entering x: e.g on the command prompt, just the same way as normal hdd partition would behave.
http://compnetworking.about.com/od/windowsxpnetworking/ht/mapnetworkdrive.htm
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by:boodoorajesh
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Thanks for the fasrfast response. I've already tried that but that still soes not work. It seems as Outlook Express needs to see it as a local disk before it allows me to access the mailbox. When I try to change the path to the store from within Outlook Express, as soon as I select the drive letter that is assigned to the network share, the OK button gets greyed out and disabled.
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Never mind...problem solved with solution below. Thanks anyways

This can be done by setting one machine on the network to use the other machines storage folder. The change is in the registry ... REGEDIT to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{CLSID}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0. Double-click the item labeled "Store Root" in the right pane and in the dialog box that opens, type the full path to your network mail folder location
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