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    Does anyone have a script, hack, or otherwise that makes a network folder appear as a local drive in Windows? I'm not talking about making a mapped drive. I've seen some backup programs that can emulate a local drive in Windows, but my backup program will not back up network folders, only local drives.

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    Re: Network folder appear as local disk

    Ahh.. Remote Agent license dodging to save money. It's too bad Geico doesn't sell backup software, you could probably save a bundle.

    You'll have better luck digging up an internet keygen for your backup program. Not that I condone that at all whatsoever.

    Or legitimately switch to backup software and/or licensing that allows you to back up over the network.
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    • #3
      Re: Network folder appear as local disk

      Actually no. I pay monthly for the Mozy online backup service, but they don't allow you to back up files off mapped drives. The problem is that I keep a lot of files on my home server, which has mirrored storage. I have a lot of family pictures and video clips on my XP desktop, which has a striped SATA RAID that is of course more prone to failure, so Mozy runs on my desktop. I am just looking for a way to protect my files stored on the server with an offsite backup, and Mozy is the most affordable option right now...but it just has some quirks with mapped drives because most home users of course don't use mapped drives and I don't believe their home version of the software can be run as a service. I could keep everything on my desktop, but that of course defeats the purpose of my server (SBS 2003).

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      • #4
        Re: Network folder appear as local disk

        Can you move all of these valuable files from your desktop to your server, and then use a Windows NT Backup to backup the server? In that scenario, you don't have to pay Mozy.
        VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
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        • #5
          Re: Network folder appear as local disk

          Local backups are no problem. I do run local backups already. Having offsite backups allows me to rest easy and never worry about any or all of my local drives failing. I just lost my laptop's hard drive a few months back and countless hours of work went with it. I didn't have a good backup of the data on there. I'm trying to prevent anything like that from happening again. With big drives so cheap, 5 year drive warranties, and a $5/month unlimited offsite backup service, there really shouldn't be any reason or excuse nowadays to even allow for possible data loss.

          In any case...I've long since been interested in finding a way for network drives to appear as local drives to Windows. That will make several projects I have much easier. The typical Google searches yielded little, but I am sure someone has done this before.

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          • #6
            Re: Network folder appear as local disk

            Seeing as you already run a backup of sorts the easiest thing to do is to run a backup from your server to your local machine then set your ofsite backup to backup that file/folder.

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