Drive mapping in XP

Hi there.
A user in our organisation has since relocated to another dept with no access the their old computer.  They used to have a fileserver folder mapped as a drive on their profile on the old computer.  I need to transfer their files from the mapped drive, but since I can't login at the user, I have no way (that I know) of telling where the mapped drive pointed to on the server.  

Is there a config file somewhere in the user's profile that would indicate the drive mappings they were using?

Thanks :-)
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Rob MinersConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You may be able to remote/access to the workstation and load the users ntuser.dat file to find the information.

Registry Values in the Keys control or contain configuration information that is specific to the currently logged-on User.

The settings are stored in files located under the Users directory for each User who has logged onto the computer. In windows 7 those files are the “C:\Users\(Username)\ NTUSER.DAT” file and the “C:\Users\(Username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\ UsrClass.dat” file(s).

In XP the files can be found in "C:\Documents and Settings\(Username)\ NTUSER.DAT"

Manually Editing Profiles

Windows 7 Registry Forensics


In the registry editor

Use the mouse, to select "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" so that it is highlighted

goto the "Registry" File Menu, choose "Load Hive"

Browse to Drive letter \Users\"User_Name" and type in ntuser.dat and press the Enter key to open the file.

Enter "$user" as the name for the key.

Highlight "$user" in the pane on the left.

navigate to $user

Once completed, ensure "$user" is highlighted and choose "Unload Hive" from the "Registry Menu".

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Mike KlineCommented:
check the group policy/scripts . if they manually mapped them then you won't find the info.


AaronazzAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately the user mapped the server folder themselves.
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Mike TConnect With a Mentor Leading EngineerCommented:
Does the user not remember? The simplest solution is to ask them surely...

Once you have mapped the user's hive (as above) look for mountpoint under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer .
AaronazzAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the advice.  

I did manage to access the ntuser.dat file on the remote computer from my computer, but became a bit nervous when it came to loading the hive on it locally.  Urgency became the priority and I ended up allowing the user a password reset to allow temporary access to another staff member onsite to log into the computer to look at the path displayed next the mapped drive in "My Computer".

I wil save this method for another day.  Thanks again.
Rob MinersCommented:
Good to see that you are sorted :)
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