How To: Map An FTP Drive In Windows Vista
This Windows Vista trick might be useful for all the webmasters out there and everyone else who is having access to a ftp drive on the internet.The normal way to access the FTP is to use some software called an FTP client, but there is a much easier way of accessing these. Instead of connecting to the FTP with your FTP software you can simply mount the ftp drive in Windows Vista and access it like every other hard drive you have installed.Not many of you would know that you could actually create or map a drive directly to your FTP site from within Windows Vista without having to install any third party software. This trick comes in handy when you run or manage a website,and are required to upload or download files frequently using your site’s FTP account.
Follow the following simple steps to create or map your website’s FTP inside your Windows Explorer:
- Click on the Windows Vista Start menu and choose Computer.
- Click on “Map network drive“, it’s near the top right section of the window.
- Click “Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures“.
- This will open the “Add Network Location” wizard. Click “Next” to start this wizard.
- Select the “Choose a custom network location” option and click “Next“.
- Enter the location of the FTP site. The format is a little funky (ftp://ftp.sitename.com) so look to the examples that are shown in the wizard.
- On the next step, if you login anonymously check the “Log on anonymously” box. If you do not login anonymously, uncheck this box and enter the username of your account on the FTP site.
- Type in the name you want to give this site. This is the name that will show up in your Computer window.
- Click “Finish” and the drive will be mapped.
If you access the Computer shortcut again you will see that a new drive having the letter you assigned is listed and you can then use Window Explorer to see and manage the files on the FTP site. You’ll be asked for your password the first time you try to go to this drive, but after that it’ll be just like the files are sitting there on your computer.You can disconnect the ftp drive that is created on Windows Vista by right-click on the drive letter and select disconnect.