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how to mount a networked drive as an ntfs volume

how to mount a networked drive as an ntfs volume
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Michael_Egelhoff
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andrew_aj1Commented:
No matter how you mount a network drive you can not tell it what file system to be. It will be the decision of the network drive itself when its formatted.
To mount a drive to a drive letter you can open My Computer. On the toolbar click Tools and then Map Network Drive. Select the drive letter you want to use and type or browse to the network share you want to mount. Click Finish and you should be good to go.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You can't - the host computer has to format it and make it available to you.

TECHNICALLY, you can use network based drive space and have a "client" control the type of drive - but that's when you use iSCSI and "mount" an iSCSI target onto a machine.  

Perhaps we could be of better assistance if you explained WHY you need this ability?
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Michael_EgelhoffAuthor Commented:
What I was looking for was how to make a networked drive appear as a physical drive in the machine. I was thinking one could mount a network drive in the same way that you can mount a folder that would make the networked drive appear as a physical drive in the machine. I have software that only recognizes the physical drives in the local machine, but want to place the source data out on the network.
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andrew_aj1Commented:
One way to do this might be to use iSCSI. You don't need nothing too special to setup a software based iSCSI connection. There are plenty of free and paid solutions to let you do this. Check out this Wikipedia entry to see if it is what you want:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISCSI
If it is you may want to try out iSCSI Cake as a target software because it is really simple to use:
http://www.iscsicake.com/
and this link will get you the initiator for windows if you dont alerady have it installed:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=12cb3c1a-15d6-4585-b385-befd1319f825&displaylang=en
I hope this helps. Good luck.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Andrew - would appreciate it if you acknowledge I suggested iSCSI - I don't mind when people elaborate on my comments, but don't ignore the fact that I posted it.
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andrew_aj1Commented:
@ leew
I did not re-read your comment today; I just responded to the authors comment. I assume that the author did not look into iSCSI either because it should do exactly what they want. Hopefully we will get a solution soon.
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Michael_EgelhoffAuthor Commented:
leew
I will follow up on the microsoft link provided by andrew aj1 to see what exactly iSCSI can do for me. If possible I would like to avoid third party software on this box. But from what I can see this is the solution I'm looking for thanks.

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