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Dismounting / Mounting network drive via command line


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diggeryo

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On the computer in question, I am using Windows XP Home SP3 with all the latest updates installed. Is there any way to mount and dismount a network drive using the command line?

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mike.
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yes

you can either use the net use command

to map a drive:
net use <Drive Letter>: \\<computername>\<sharename>\
*adding the /P switch will make it persistent, I.E. it will reconnect next time you start your computer

to unmap a drive:
net use <Drive Letter>: /Delete

or you could use a VBScript (i can supply an example of one if you like)
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Hi dsenette,

Thanks for the reply.

I got the unmap command to work. The map command, however, is giving me the following error:

"System error 53 has occurred.
The network path was not found."

However, when I attempt to remap the drive through Windows, it will map correctly.

I should point out that, though I mentioned I will be using this on a computer with XP Home, I am currently testing it out on my work computer, which is XP Professional. Could that be causing the error in question?

By the way, no need, I believe, to supply an example of the VBScript. Thanks for the offer, though.

Mike.
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it should work in home or pro

what exactly are you typing to map the drive?

it should look like:
net use e: \\financial\letters
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I figured out the problem. The name I was trying to map had a space in it. I tried the commands you supplied on a network drive without a space in the name, and it worked fine.

My home computer, however, DOES have a space in the name I believe. How would I map such a drive?

This is the command I was using here that did NOT work: net use p: \\diane comp\diane

I then tried all of the following, but none worked:

net use p: "\\diane comp\diane"
"net use p: \\diane comp\diane"
net use p: \\"diane comp"\diane

Any suggestions?
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net use p: "\\diane comp\diane"
that one should work

in the command prompt can you ping that computer by name?

type
ping "diane comp"
does that work?
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The ping request came back as follows: "Ping request could not find host diane comp. Please check the name and try again."

Which is wierd, because I am able to map it in Windows. And can access the drive through a command prompt once it is mapped in Windows.

However, we might be getting ahead of ourselves here. As I said, I was just testing the commands you gave me on "diane comp." I will really be using them on my home computer, though, so it doesn't matter that it won't work on "diane comp." If I run into the same problem on my home computer, I just might be replying to this thread again, though.

Thanks for the help, and I hope you won't be hearing from me again. ;-)

mike.
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