How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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I am using remote desktop to login to my office computer. I have a set of files on my USB disk. How do I access the files within remote desktop ?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #98006

How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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By default remote desktop does not connect local resources such as hard disks to the remote desktop session.  Remote desktop only connects printers by default.  

In order to access your USB disk drive, you need to connect the resource to the remote desktop session.  You do this by editing the remote desktop session and selecting the option called "Drives that I connect to later" under the resources tab.

Answered By 230 points N/A #98007

How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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Oh ok. I followed your instructions but I cannot seem to find the option you are referring to.

I have attached a screen shot of the "Local Resource" of Remote Desktop as I see it. I can only see a "Printers" and a "Clipboard" check box. Apart from these two I can see any other checkbox or option!

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Answered By 0 points N/A #98008

How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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You need to press the "More" button on the "Local Resources" tab.

  • You will see another window with a list of check boxes next to "Drives".
  • The last option is "Drives than I connect to later". 
  • You need to turn it on and re-establish the RDP session.

Thereafter, when you insert a USB disk drive, it will show up as "Mapped Drives" inside the RDP session.

Answered By 230 points N/A #98009

How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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Thank you Stella.

I can now see the option. I ticked it and re-connected.  Now I can see a Mapped drive under My Computer inside the RDP session.  It comes as "J on MYPC" and of type "System Folder".

How can I access this via the "Run" command?  I tried J: but did not work.

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How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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Can you access the disk by double clicking it inside "My Computer" ?

Answered By 230 points N/A #98011

How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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Yes, I can access it by double clicking the icon on My Computer. 

How can I access it by typing it in the "Run" dialog box ?

Answered By 0 points N/A #98013

How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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Good. Now that we know the drive is mapped correctly, you can type the following command in the "Run" box to access the disk.

\tsclientJ

"tsclient" is a virtual network location created by RDP. It represents the host computer. All connected drives appear as shared folders in this special virtual network location. Change the "J" to the correct drive letter that you will see inside "My Computer" of the connected session.

Answered By 230 points N/A #98015

How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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Thank you Stella.

I was able to access my USB disk by typing the location you gave!

I learnt a lot from you! Thank you again!

Answered By 0 points N/A #98017

How to access USB disk drive when using remote desktop

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Glad to be of help! Have a nice day!

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