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.
Go to Local Resources tab, and click More… button under Local devices and resources section.
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.
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.
Now, let’s connect and see how it works out.
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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Last updated: 12/21/2015