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Using Local Drives In Remote Desktop Connections

Remote Desktop Connection is a useful feature in Windows that allows you to log on and view the desktop of another computer via your internet connection from your own computer. This article will explain how to use your local drives during a Remote Desktop session.

Using Local Drives

Within the ‘new’ computer everything will be as it normally is when you log in at school/work. So, in My Computer, the drives will all be the same as you would find normally. However, it only shows the drives on the remote computer as a default, but you may want it to your own drives on your computer – local drives.

This is quite a simple process, but for some reason it is hidden away within the Remote Desktop options, but here’s how you do it:

 

1: Open Remote Desktop Connection: Start – All Programs - Accessories – Remote Desktop Connection

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2: When the Window pops up, click options

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3: Click on the Local Resources Tab

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4: In the Local Devices & Resources Section, check or uncheck the boxes (according to your own preference) and then click more.

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5: A new window will now pop up with another series of check boxes. Here is where you choose whether to show your local drives or not.  In the box there is a Drives section, and this is where you choose to show them or not – if you expand it it will show all your currently connected drives, and you can choose whether to show these or not, and also a useful feature; ‘Drives that I connect to later.’ It is worth checking this as well.

With regards to the other options, check the box saying ‘Supported Plug & Play Devices’ because this will allow any new devices that you plug in (that use Plug & play, like virtually all new USB devices do)

Finally, smart cards will probably already be checked, and you can choose whether you would like these and serial ports to be used in your remote session.

Personally I have everything checked, but this is up to you!

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6: Ok, so now that you have enabled all the drives, you have to load up your Remote Desktop Connection and then log in like you normally do.

7: Click on My Computer and you can now see that it has changed.

Before it will have had 1 and possibly 2 sections: Network Location (showing the drive/s on the network computer) and then possibly Devices with Removable Storage (as it says, only on the remote computer, so these are not actually removable to you at home!)

Now there is a third section – Other

The drives listed here are all the drives on your computer. Unfortunately drive names are not carried across, so unless you know the actual drive names you may have to work out which is which by trial and error (tip: the c drive is almost always your system drive)

When you open one of the drives it is just like normal – everything will be in the same place, and, of course, if you try to open something it will open on the remote computer!

It should end up having the usual ‘My Computer, but with your own drives at the bottom

They will be called – (computer name) and then drive letter

 

 

This process should work, but any problems just leave a forum post.

Good luck!

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/16/10

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