Mount Remote FTP And Webdav Servers

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 8, 2009
Software, Windows, Windows software

NetDrive is a software to mount remote ftp and webdav servers that somehow has never been mentioned at Ghacks before. That's a rare occurrence especially if the software is well designed and free. A large portion of webmasters have to connect to remote ftp servers regularly to update files on the website. There are obviously other ways to update files like an admin interface that allows the direct manipulation of files on the server.

An alternative to connecting to remote ftp servers with ftp programs is to mount the ftp server as a local drive on the computer system. NetDrive provides the means to do that.

The software comes with a clean interface that has several popular ftp servers preinstalled. New servers can be added by providing the IP, port, username, password and drive letter for that connection. There is also a setting to define when the ftp server or webdav server should be added as a drive letter. The options are to do that when the system starts or when NetDrive starts.

Once the remote ftp has been mounted it is possible to access the ftp like any other drive letter in Windows. It essentially means that no ftp software is needed to connect to the ftp server and that programs like Windows Explorer or equivalents can be used instead.


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  1. Mark Stahler said on January 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Useless unfortunately. Does not work with x64 Windows.

  2. Taomyn said on January 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Yawn, you can do this in XP and more easily in Vista. It’s called “Add a Network Place”.

  3. Ken said on January 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Minor correction: NetDrive is free for non-commercial home use. Commercial use requires a license. A single user license is $29.

  4. What is KDE? said on January 9, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Of course, KDE’s file manager has this ability built in!

  5. SK Mezanul said on January 9, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for mentioning about this useful software here. It really helps us to connect to our webdav server and ftp.

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