|The Truth about Network Drives
Network Operations Center -- Updated 6/21/2004
What you see is not necessarily what you get...
The manner in which Windows displays your network drives is deceiving. There are potentially several ways to get to the same file, through links on your desktop, in My Computer, in My Documents and elsewhere.
When you login and open "My Computer" you should see drives C:, F:, J:, K:, Q:, Z: and perhaps others. All of these drives, both local and network, may contain a heirarchy of folders. You can open a folder by double-clicking on it to reveal folders that may contain other folders as well as ordinary files. Folders can be nested inside folders, ad nauseum.
If you were to look carefully on your C: drive, you would see that there are two ways to find something you have saved in "My Documents":
Network drives operate in a similar fashion: folders can reside inside folders alongside documents, and there may be several ways to find the same file.
There are several network drives that everyone is given when they login. You can see them among the drives listed in "My Computer". Normally you'll see:
Many people are confused about their K: and J: drives. They think that these are two separate sets of data, when in fact they are simply two views into the same data. Some drawings may help:
Doesn't it look like there's a duplicate of J: in K:\SMITHJ? Nope! There is actually only ONE COPY of what's in John Smith's J: drive, despite what he sees when he opens K:\SMITHJ.
The K: drive is a pointer to the directory ABOVE John's J: drive, in which both the EDUALL and SMITHJ directories reside.
In this drawing, smithj\ is actually John's J: drive.
So please don't delete the directory that looks like a copy of your home directory, if you're looking in your K: drive. You'd be deleting your J: drive - your own home directory!
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