How see real path of a virtual drive

On a certain computer, in Windows 7, Windows Explorer, Windows Workgroup,  I see a network  Drive letter of, for example, "W".  I happen to know that this is a virtual drive that actually points to a certain directory on my local C Drive (C:\.Data\BrowerBack).  I happened to give this share a name of "BrowerBack".  My question is this:

Today, I know where this W drive points to, but two months from now I may not.  How can you tell where a virtual drive is actually pointing to?  One would think you could right click on the virtual drive and in properties it would tell you what the actual path name is, but if this is possible, I don't see it.  How can one determine what the actual path is for a vertual (mapped) drive?

WoodrowAAsked:
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lee555J5Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Is this what you are looking for?
Right-click My Computer and select Manage. Under System Tools, expand Shared Folders and click on Shares. this will show all current shares, visible and hidden, and their absolute file system location.
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Aj8787Commented:
Goto command prompt and type:

subst

Hit enter

it will show the path to which respective virtual drives are mapped
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WoodrowAAuthor Commented:
In Windows 7, I type "cmd" and this takes me to a black command prompt window and puts me in C:\Winddows\system32.  If I then type Subst and press enter, nothing happens.
If I simply type subst in the "Search programs and files" text box, a reference to subst.exe comes up.  If I click this, a window flashes on my screen but then goes away.  Whats up?
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Aj8787Commented:
Well since you have this virtual drive persisting even after reboots that means its permanent.

In that case you can run "psubst" instead of "subst" to get the path.

I hope this will surely help.
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WoodrowAAuthor Commented:
When I go to a command prompt and type in psubst I get the following error:
"psubst is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"
Are you running Windows 7?  Have you tried these commands on your machine?
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Aj8787Commented:
well i was at office and had windows 7 at home so yeah

well i tried to configure the way you have configured  and this is how it looks to me

am attaching a image in which you can see path with the drive letter itself.

and the drive name is the same as the shared folder name.

i hope it resolves your problem
mapping.jpg
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WoodrowAAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry AJ but you've answered a question I didn't ask.  What I want to know is the full path of the directory that, in this example, Drive W is mapped to; not the share name.  Thank you for trying. I appreciate the fact that you are trying to help me.  However,
If anyone else knows the answer to this will you please jump in.
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Aj8787Commented:
Well if u see while creating network drive...

It browses for shared folder on network not the folders on system drives.

Check out... I will still keep trying to loook for a soluion though.
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WoodrowAAuthor Commented:
Iee555..
This appears to be exactly what I'm looking for.  Sorry to be so long in responding. I had commitments this weekend.  Thank you for your help.  Thank you both.
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WoodrowAAuthor Commented:
Thank you again
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