Mapping FTP server as a network drive letter

Emulating a FTP server as a mapped network drive is not trivial, as the FTP server doesn't supply all the file system operations required by a network drive. Forexample to open a file placed on a FTP server, then the entire file has to be downloaded completely first, as FTP doesn't provide read and write locking capability. This can lead to funny behavior if background services (Anti-Virus, Movie-Preview) wants to scan the files on the network drive.

The following freeware utilities can mount a FTP server as a network drive: There also exist utilities one can pay for: Note if using Windows XP or later, then consider mapping a WebDAV folder as network drive instead.

Related Adding FTP server / WebDAV folder as network place

Updated: 28 April 2012

Comments:

  1. SRT says:

    Great article. However, Novell Netdrive does not support Windows 7 or Windows 10. It's actually an Old OEM version of WebDrive from 2004 (full disclosure: I work for the developer of WebDrive, SRT).
    WebDrive supports many connectors, such as SharePoint, S3, Box, and Google Drive: https://webdrive.com/webdrive-cloud/
    It also supports many protocols such as WebDAV: https://webdrive.com/webdav-with-webdrive/

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