Can a mapped network drive appear as a local resource on a computer that's running Windows 7 Pro?

Posted on 2010-01-05
Last Modified: 2016-03-20
I have a Windows Home Server that my computers connect to through mapped drives. I am using a program called Mozy to back data up, but Mozy doesn't recognize a mapped drive as a local resource for backup. Do you know of a way for me to set the mapped drives up so they appear as a local resource on my computer?
Question by:kgadams
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    Can't you do the backups directly from the server where the drives are that you map?
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    You could create a scheduled task on the server to backup your drive or shared resource in a regular interval.

    On a side note:
    Personally, I'd feel more than uncomfortable entrusting anybody I do not know with keepin my private data at some place I do not know. They may tell you that everything is safe, but at the same time they will be the last ones to inform you if a security breach happens.
    On top of that we live in times where it is well known company policy that those will have an edge over others who know most about as many users as possible. Analyzing the data and behaviour of computer users is a resource that sells for good money. I should not trust anybody in this respect.
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    We were having the same problem with Carbonite. It will detect external drives or networked drives and will refuse to backup these drives.There is no way around it if you do it by the book.
    As suggested above, what you can do it is to install Mozy on the Server (if it lets you - Carbonite does).
    A workaround would be to copy the files from the server to the computer where Mozy is installed using a sync application.
    There is a great application for this called Goodsync: It Syncs any files that have changed on any selected source folder/folders on the server to a pre-determined location/target on your computer. Goodsync allows you to schedule it to run as many times a day as you wish. Once they are on your computer then Mozy can do the online backup automatically.

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    Unfortunately, Mozy does not allow you to install their program on a Server unless you sign up for their very expensive business plan (even if it's not a business server, and is a home server). My server has a 3TB RAID array in it, which I don't want to move to my pc, so I really need to have Mozy run on the pc, that's connected to the server through some type of drive mapping that makes the computer think that the drive belongs to it rather than the server.
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    I figured .... this is why I posted "...if it lets you...".
    The easiest way would be then for you to go the "Carbonite" way.... they are really excellent .... I can recommend them because I've used them for 2...not sure or 3 years. I've installed it on hundreds of customers and I have had many chances to actually have to use the service (customers get their computers badly infected or a hard drive crashes) .... it restores perfectly....
    If you are going to sign up.... don't forget to send me your email (you can see my email when you click on my profile) and I will refer you and we will both get 2 extra months free.

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