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Does anyone have know why you cannot map a drive letter to an FTP drive

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One thing to keep in mind about your difficulties doing the mapped drive through Windows 8.1 is that this isn't Microsoft's core focus.  Their revenue comes from selling Office and operating systems.  

We appreciate your comments that WebDrive worked so easily.  Because this is our core business, and is how we make revenue, we have to make it work.  We've also been doing drive mapping to FTP and other remote servers since 1998 (long before MS was doing it).  Microsoft does many things, but sometimes it's better to find a specialist.

I know this is a late addition, but happened to see this comment from Gizmo about NetDrive and thought of this thread:

NetDrive is available at and is a 49 MB download.  The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.  Prices start at $40 after the 30-day evaluation period ends. However, after the evaluation period, the program will continue to work and will allow you a single connection. So if you only need to create one external drive letter, such as to your web site or your Google Drive, the program still remains very useful indeed.

I use this every day both at work and at home The best!

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