Can we use A or B drive as mapped drives?

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Hi All,

Can we use A or B drive as mapped drives?

For a specific application requirement i want to know if we can use A or B drives as mapped drives?

Would there be an issue by using this?

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Doklan

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Answered By 0 points N/A #119713

Can we use A or B drive as mapped drives?

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Assuming that the floppy controller of the PC is disabled through the BIOS and that there are no floppy drives using A: or B: then yes, you can use A: or B: for mapping network drives.

The issue is with the drive letter A.  If you will program an application to use A:, then you will have to be sure that the machine where it will be used in does not have an enabled floppy controller and does not have a floppy drive connected.  Otherwise, Windows will try to assign the first floppy drive to A: and the connection to the mapped drive will not be made.  If there is a second floppy drive then it will be assigned the next free drive letter.  For example, if the last drive on your system is D:, the second floppy drive will be assigned E: as its drive letter.

This will also introduce some confusion in drive letter usage because majority of PC users all know that C: is the Windows drive and that A and B are for floppy drives.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #119714

Can we use A or B drive as mapped drives?

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Now I'm confused with your question.

Do you mean from your computer you want to share A: and B: to the network while a second computer accesses the network shared A and/or B as a mapped drive?

Or

Do you mean from your computer, you want to know if you can assign the letters A and/or B to a shared network drive that you want to map?

If you mean the first scenario, then it is possible to map A and/or B since even floppy drives can be shared to the network.  The problem is if the floppy drive is empty then the PC with the physical floppy drive will experience some slow down as the floppy drive tries to search for a disk (and we know how slow that is).

If you mean the second scenario, then please read my previous post above.

Answered By 0 points N/A #119712

Can we use A or B drive as mapped drives?

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Mapping a drive means sharing your drive to the whole network. Drives A & B are assigned to floppy disks and can never be shared. That is, if the server doesn't have floppy drives A & B. But usually, servers in a LAN (Local Area Network) remove their floppy drives. Because nowadays, floppy disks are becoming obsolete and will soon be replaced by USB flash drives.

If your LAN server doesn’t have floppy disk drives, you can therefore map letters A and B. Here’s how using just your Windows Explorer:

1. Open Windows Explorer.
2. Click on Tools.
3. Click on Map Network Drive… A new window will pop up.
4. On the Drive: option, click and choose drive A or B on the dropdown list.
5. On the Folder: option, click Browse… then choose the shared folder on the network you want to connect.
6. Click on the checkbox beside Reconnect at logon if you want that folder to be mapped permanently every time you log in to your computer.
7. Click Finish.

You will not see the letters A and B in the available drives if those letters belong to the floppy disk drives of the server. Always remember, floppy drives can never be shared.

Answered By 10 points N/A #119715

Can we use A or B drive as mapped drives?

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Cadmus you are right and you answered my question thank you so much

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