Mount FTP Server As Local Drive In Windows 7


Many of you will be frustrated to find out that there is hardly any way to mount an FTP server as local drive in Windows 7. Yes, Microsoft has always provided an option to map a network location but this is not helpful for many users. The benefit of mounting an FTP or WebDav server as local drive is that many backup and 3rd party tools are easily able to recognize the drive and allow operations to be performed on them just like a local drive.

NetDrive is by far the most suitable freeware available to mount both FTP and WebDav server as a local drive. A user just has to give it a name, enter the IP address or URL, enter the port (default is 21), assign a drive letter, and finally enter the login credentials. Once connected, the drive is visible in “My Computers” alongside other local drives.


You can save different servers which will be listed on the left side of the application and can also put them in any self-created folders to better organize and manage them.

In the screenshot below, the drive H named AddictiveTips is a server mapped as local drive.

FTP Mounted

NetDrive sits in the system tray and starts during Windows startup. There is an option to export the servers along with their settings so that they can be imported easily on another system running NetDrive. There is also a build-in Monitoring tool that monitors the activity in each mounted drive.

It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Testing was done on Windows 7 32-bit system.

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  • Terry

    [quote]Many of you will be frustrated to find out that there is hardly any way to mount an FTP server as local drive in Windows 7.[/quote]
    Simply click on the blue text when adding a network drive and you’ll get a wizard for mounting ftp’s. The people that need this application shouldn’t be installing software in the first place (and the people that created this application should learn how to use windows properly).

    • Guest

      You are an idiot and have no idea what your are talking about

    • Sirderno

      You’re not mounting a ftp server as a local drive when you’re using the wizard.

  • Shawn

    That route is fine but it does not assign a DRIVE LETTER to the ftp server itself. It will create a netowrk location, but if you want to use for example the snipping tool and save the image to an ftp server directly there is no way to do this, as it does not appear in the save options under the directory listings, where if it had a drive letter you could.

  • Felps

    It does not work on Win7 64 bits, there are plenty of posts in their forum asking for a solution…. without response.

    • t

      i hav been using it w/Win7 64… that why my Adobe Illustrator & Acrobat files have gone corrupt?

      • Guest

        Adobe does not support opening/saving files directly from/to a network location, whether it is mapped or not.

  • vlademir

    net drive is not freeware…you must purchase it

    • Leon Belmont

       it is free for home use.

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  • Sri Harsha Chilakapati

    It’s not freeware anymore