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    Angry Network Drive Name Change

    My company recently underwent a network drive upgrade switching from our archaic 300 GB drives to 2 TB. The issue at hand is that the new drives with all of our project files has a new name. It changed from M:/ to p:/. The issue now is that all of our x-refs from hundreds of jobs with dozens of dwg. files now have an incorrect file path to all the x-refs. Is there anything at all that can be done to change the file path without having to manually go into every drawing file and change this or use reference manager which basically does the same thing? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated as this could save me days of monotonous work. Thanks

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    Welcome to AUGI, and congrats on your first post!

    Reference Manager is the simplest solution, IMO... Simply change all the CAD Files within a given project, etc. from full-path to relative-path. Lemon squeezy.
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    Is there any reason to not simply map the network share to the M: drive slot? That happens on each PC, and really has nothing to do with the server.

    Second -- if you are not using Relative pathing for all attached files, it's a good idea to start doing that going forward.

    and if you _do_ feel you need to go thgough this exercise, use Reference Manager, and recreate the paths to the reference files as relative paths. The only time there's a actual _need_ to use an absolute path with a drive letter is when the references are stored on a different virtual drive.

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    Another option which would work on a need only basis when you open the specific drawing.

    Change XREF and Image paths in drawing to Network path through script on a need only basis. Basically this willl only change paths

    Place this line in a acaddoc.lsp file

    (command "script" "\\\\yourserver and path\XREFREDIRECT.scr")

    and the following in a script file

    REDIR
    B: ;enter name of path to be replaced
    P: ;enter new path

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    Default Re: Network Drive Name Change

    Thanks for the quick responses. Cadtag, have you run into any known issues when utilizing a relative path; i.e. archiving, etc.?

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    The known issue is that Relative pathing is invariably less problematic than any of the alternatives. Quite simply, it works better, not only for daily work, but archiving and portability between companies or locations is a lot easier.

    Caveat -- my presumption is that you have a 'project folder', and everything used for that job is stored somewhere within/under that project folder.

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    Default Re: Network Drive Name Change

    Avoiding the question - can somebody apply pressure to IT to change the drive reference back to what it was?

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    there's no real (technical) need for IT to get involved in assigning drive letters to network paths -- that's a local user capability. May user's have no idea about how to do it, especially because IMO IT has done to much hand-holding. mapping a remote share for that office _ought_ to be part of the basic skill set of anyone who has to log into a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadtag View Post
    there's no real (technical) need for IT to get involved in assigning drive letters to network paths -- that's a local user capability. May user's have no idea about how to do it, especially because IMO IT has done to much hand-holding. mapping a remote share for that office _ought_ to be part of the basic skill set of anyone who has to log into a computer.
    All true but, if IT caused the problem, why not get them to fix it?
    Change of drives might be affecting other offices too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadtag View Post
    Is there any reason to not simply map the network share to the M: drive slot? That happens on each PC, and really has nothing to do with the server.
    When IT changed ours, the changed the server name. But, if it had just been the drive mapping... I can see that it would be more practical for IT to handle that. We've got maybe 220 users in about 45 different buildings (mechanics and PM's), with access to the engineering portion of the network, who haven't got the slightest idea what any of this means.
    At least with IT pushing it automatically, I don't have to guess what people might have named it or who might have pathed to one folder up or down in the heirarchy. I can just say 'click on your S drive, this folder > that folder > that file' done. Anything else would just add an unnecessary complication for people who don't care about computers.
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