Before I explain to you the process of setting up the android storage as a network drive, let’s understand what is a network drive? A network drive is a virtual drive which stores data and generally acts as the server of the personalized area connection. The network drive is referred to whenever new data is to be stored or old data has to be retrieved.
Other than the traditional setup of using PC storage or android storage as network drive, there is something known as ‘Cloud’. The cloud is similar to a network storage, but it differs in the way that it doesn’t require a hard drive but is completely computerized. The cloud is a virtual storage that is used to store data in archived format. The data is saved in virtual format and thus doesn’t require hard disk space either in the PC or in the server. The cloud is generally provided and maintained by powerful multinational companies that benefit by providing cloud space for premium costs. Google, Mega, Cloudshare are some of the organizations that provide cloud space for free and sometimes at premium charges.
The traditional network drive generally maps data from the internal storage of the PC, while there exists network drives that use other storage forms to map the network drive. Other storage form can include Android storage, external hard drives, portable pen-drives, compact disks (CDs), etc.
Benefits of Android Mapping
Using Android storage as the storage form to map Network Drive has some unique benefits. Firstly, for very small server based networks, where data transfer doesn’t exceed 4~5 gigabytes, map network drive android provides more reliable and faster transfer of data. Using android storage as network drive also means that the process is more accessible from anywhere in a certain place. Android storage provides rewritable data storage location and thus same data space can be used continuously for a long period of time.
The process of setting up Android storage as network drive is relatively easy. Although there exist several third party applications for doing so, the same can be done traditionally by using Windows O.S. The most important thing that is required to map the Android storage as a network drive is the available WebDAV server link or the IP address. The WebDAV link can be used to link the android storage with the PC.
To map the android storage as network drive, follow the steps below –
- Install a third party application named WebDAV server application on your android phone. The WebDAV server app, can be found at the android play store.
- Provide necessary permissions to the app and open the app.
- The app will show an IP address, which can be used to connect to the PC. The IP address will have to general format of – http://192.168.XXX.XXX:XXXX
- To connect the android storage with the internal storage of the PC, open My Computer in windows 7 and click Map Network drive located on the top.
- A dialog box pops up. Select a valid drive letter and fill the IP address from the WebDAV server in the folder field.
- Click on Finish and the android storage has been successfully connected to the PC storage.
One important thing to note during the whole process is that the mapping of android storage can be done only via a remote network like WiFi. So both the android device and the PC have to be connected to the same WiFi for successful mapping of the network drive. The connection should continue to remain established for data transfer to work.
Mapping of android storage as network drive can also be done using command line. The actual mapping is actually hard to do using cmd, since the WebDAV server link is difficult to connect to using cmd. The android storage can be used once it has been mapped using cmd.
To map network drive cmd, the following command has to be used –
net use “drive letter”: \\”folder path in android” /user: ‘user name’ ‘password’ / persistent: Yes
Mapping android storage as network drive has been currently in fashion for small server based networks. Android map network drive as local folder, not only boosts the process of data transfer but also is more reliable than using internal storage of PC. The android data storage is smaller and thus can easily be recycled or backed up as compared to huge internal storages of PCs. After mount network drive android, the android storage can also be remotely accessed.
Remote access of android storage means that the content of the device can be viewed from other devices that hasn’t been directly synced with the network. Just like how we can access hard drive from another computer on network, similarly the android storage can also be accessed from other androids and PCs from similar or different networks.
This means that if the android storage has been mapped on a PC when both of them are connected to the same WiFi, then by using the exact same WiFi another device, be it android or a PC can access the content of both the connected android or the PC. If there is some sort of password, then it is important to use the password while connecting to the network.
At the end, it is also important to note that accessing of the local hard drive of the PC or the android can also be remotely done from another network. Although the correct way is still under research, by using accurate and programmable commands in the cmd, it is possible to do so.