How To Access Local Drive Files from Remote Desktop Session


Let’s say you are working remotely on a Remote Desktop session and would like to access files saved on your local desktop or a USB flash drive. By default, it’s inaccessible but there is a setting in Remote Desktop Client that when it’s turned on all local drives, including USB drives, will be mapped to the Remote Desktop session automatically, acting as if a network mapped drive.

Here is how you can do it.

Launch Remote Desktop Connection, before hitting Connect button, click Show Options to bring up more options.

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Go to Local Resources tab, and click More… button under Local devices and resources section.

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Check the Drives option if you want all local drives to be mapped to the Remote Desktop session. Or, click the little + icon to expand the Drives list and check the ones you want them to be mapped.

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Click OK and it’s ready to connect. The settings are automatically saved for next time, but you can also save it as a separated RDP connection shortcut if you have multiple Remote Desktop computers that need different settings. The Save options are in General tab.

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Now, let’s connect and see how it works out.

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As you can see, the highlighted drives are the local drives mapped on the Remote Desktop session. They work exactly like a network mapped drive.




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