I have a local folder, C:\sharedfolder, on a computer that is shared for other computers to access. The OS is Windows on each computer. The remote computer maps the shared folder as X:\, and the local computer also maps the same share as X:\. So, on the local computer X:\ is a mapped drive to \\localcomputer\sharedfolder. This works fine and allows a piece of software to access the shared folder as if it were a network drive.
My questions is this. How does Windows access that X:\ drive? Does it access it as if it were a real network drive and goes out through the Ethernet connection to loop back to the computer? Or is Windows smart enough to know that it is a local folder on the computer and will access it that way? I'm wondering if doing this will affect access time because Windows goes out to a switch or the Ethernet to get to it, and use up bandwidth.
Thanks in advance for the help.