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  1. #1
    Raas Guest

    Remove previously mapped network drive

    The company my wife worked for insisted that her laptop be mapped to one of
    their network drives. She did so, but now no longer works for them. The
    mapped drive still shows up under "computer" and she always gets a message
    that some drives cannot be connected.

    How can we completely remove this previously mapped drive from her system?

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Mark L. Ferguson Guest

    Re: Remove previously mapped network drive

    In the 'Computer' menu, click 'map network drive', and uncheck 'connect at
    logon'

  3. #3
    Dwarf Guest

    RE: Remove previously mapped network drive

    Hi Raas,

    To do this, click the start orb and then click 'Computer'. In the bar at the
    top is a number of options, and one of these is 'Map network drive'. Click
    it. This brings up a dialogue with the heading 'What network folder would you
    like to map?', and underneath is a check box 'Reconnect at logon'. You need
    to click that check box to remove the tick (ie, the check box should be
    clear). You might also need to delete the contents of the 'Folder:' box as
    well. Click 'Finish' when you are done and close 'Computer'.

  4. #4
    Raas Guest
    I had previously tried this, however when I get to the dialog box that asks
    for the mapping, I uncheck the check box but the 'finish' button is not
    enabled. If I select a folder from the dropdown box, the 'finish' button is
    enabled, but the system wants to map a drive again. If I clear the folder
    area completely, the 'finish' button is no longer enabled. In otherwords,
    this option doesn't work. I don't want to simple have the mapped drive not
    show, I want it gone, and this option doesn't work for either scenario unless
    I'm able to be connected to the drive while selecting the option. I can't do
    that. She no longer works there.

    Can you not just right click it's icon and choose disconnect?
    Don't have any mapped on here to test but us what I've done in previous
    versions

  5. #5
    Robert Martin Guest

    Re: Remove previously mapped network drive

    This may sound weird but it works.

    If you have access to a network with shares simply
    map a new network drive using the same letter.
    You will then be able to use the disconnect option
    from windoze explorer.

    If you don't have access to a network with a share
    Share a folder on your PC, repeat the above process.

    One thing that is a pain is that when a network share is
    no longer available the system will hang while it tries to find it.
    This happened on XP also.

  6. #6
    Raas Guest
    I've done that. The drive says it's disconnected, but when I go to
    'computer' it still shows in the drive lists but with a great big red X on
    it. I also still get the message that the system cannot find a network drive
    and points to this one since it's all she has ever had on her computer.

    Right clicking the drive doesn't even give the option to try to remove or
    delete the drive.

    Disk management doesn't give that option either, since it doesn't recognize
    the drive at all. Only in startup and when going into 'computer' or "my
    computer" as XP users would know it.

    I just want all references to it gone. Disabling doesn't cut it.
    Disconnecting does either.

    Thanks, but I don't have access to a network with shares. She is at home
    now, no network, no share point, etc.

  7. #7
    Raas Guest

    RE: Remove previously mapped network drive

    In the hopes that this will help others:

    I received information through another source that directed me to use the
    following in order to completele remove the unwanted, disconnected, mapped
    network drive from my Vista system:

    Start > run > type 'cmd' > then run the command 'net use y /d'
    then reboot.

    It works! the 'y' in the command is the drive letter, could be anything
    you have on your computer that you want to remove.

  8. #8
    tedgrant2 Guest

    Re: Remove previously mapped network drive

    First, you need have a "Shared Folder" on your hard drive. If you
    haven't got one already, create a new folder on your hard drive called
    "Shared", then right-click it and select properties. Click the Sharing
    tab and tick the "Share this folder" box. Next, click "My Computer" and
    in the Tools Menu, click "Map Network Drive". Notice the little
    down-arrow next to the drive letter shown. Click the arrow to get a list
    of letters. Select the one you want to delete, then browse for your
    Shared folder and select it. By this means, you will assign the drive
    letter to a real folder. Make sure the "reconnect at login" box is
    un-ticked. Click the Finish button to get a warning. Answer YES and the
    Shared folder will open. Close it. Next, right-click the drive in My
    Computer and select disconnect. Ah, I hear you say, but it is still
    there! Re-boot and have another look - enjoy!

  9. #9
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    Re: Remove previously mapped network drive

    Hi Raas, i am a vista user too and tried your suggestion on the cmd line and it worked just great. seems to be fine now and stops the computer hanging on startup too! thanks for your help.

    you wrote: In the hopes that this will help others:

    I received information through another source that directed me to use the
    following in order to completele remove the unwanted, disconnected, mapped
    network drive from my Vista system:

    Start > run > type 'cmd' > then run the command 'net use y /d'
    then reboot.

    It works! the 'y' in the command is the drive letter, could be anything
    you have on your computer that you want to remove.

  10. #10
    Join Date
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    Re: Remove previously mapped network drive

    hey Raas,
    i tried that cmd idea u siggested and it didnt work.so i fiddled around and found something that worked.

    Here's what i did: Right-Click My Computer->Select Disconnect Network Drive-> select the drive u want to remove->click ok-> then reboot

    After i restarted my computer the drive was gone

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