Visual Subst can associate any folder with a virtual hard drive in order to make it readily accessible in ’My Computer’ or by simply typing in the virtual drive letter in the folder address prompt.
If you frequently work with a folder or folders that are buried deep within your system’s folder hierarchy (say, something like “C:Program FilesKillerAppTemplatesFolder”), you can use Visual Subst to associate said folder with a virtual drive, (“x:”, for example), making it much more easily accessible simply by typing in “x:” in any folder address prompt or clicking the new “x:” drive directly from ’My Computer’.
Note that this program does not actually change the location of your folder (it is still in its original location and can be navigated to from the folder structure). Also, the virtual drive can be easily removed at any point.
I’m always interested in ways to make frequently-used folders readily accessible, and this is yet another great idea that hardly uses any extra resources on your system. (See Folder Guide and Folder2MyPC for more folder accessibility freeware options).
Version tested: 1.0.5
Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP; no info on Vista.
Go to the program page to get the latest version (approx 93K) – scroll down to the bottom of the page for download link.