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

thanks

 mike
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Unfortunately the user mapped the server folder themselves.
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You may be able to remote/access to the workstation and load the users ntuser.dat file to find the information.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU)
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

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722901.aspx

Windows 7 Registry Forensics

http://www.forensicmag.com/article/windows-7-registry-forensics-part-3

eXample:

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".

Close regedt32.
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by:Mike T
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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 .
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by:Aaronazz
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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.
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Good to see that you are sorted :)
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