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Mount Azure Storage Accounts as Lettered Drives -- Mountain Duck Setup and Usage

To mount Azure storage accounts as lettered drives on your computer, you can use Mountain Duck for Azure. You can then move files and folders between your computer and cloud storage as easily as if you were moving data between different drives on your computer.

Setting up Mountain Duck is a very simple process. Once it's installed, the additional details required for Mountain Duck setup include the Azure storage account name and a corresponding access key. The next available drive letter is automatically selected by default for mounting the Azure storage.

Installing Mountain Duck

  1. Go to the Mountain Duck web site:
  2. Click the Download for Windows link.  Supported operating systems include Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
  1. After downloading, run the Mountain Duck installation file:

a. Click Install to begin the installation process.

b. Click Restart to reboot the computer after the installation has completed.

  1. After the computer reboots, you may see a Missing Registration dialog. If you already have an available license or if you will purchase a license at a later time (within 15 days), click the Request Trial link. To purchase a license now, click the Buy link.

Setting Up Mountain Duck

  1. Go to the System Tray, and click the Mountain Duck icon.

  1. Click New Bookmark in the pop-up menu.

  1. In the configuration setup dialog, proceed as detailed in steps a-d below:

a. Choose "
Windows Azure Storage" from the drop-down list at the top.

b. Copy the
Storage Account Name from the e-mail you should have received from Navisite and paste it into the Nickname field.

c. In the
Server field, delete the text <storageaccount> and paste in its place the Storage Account Name from the e-mail you should have received from Navisite.

d. Click
Connect to continue.

  1. In the login dialog, copy and paste the Storage Account Name and Primary Access Key values from the e-mail you should have received from Navisite. Then click Login.

Using Mountain Duck

  1. To begin using your Azure storage account, launch the Windows Explorer on your computer. Your Azure storage will appear as a network drive with a drive letter.
  1. Double-click the lettered drive icon for your Azure storage to access its contents. You should see at least one storage container (top level folder), which has been created for you ahead of time by Navisite.
  1. Double-click the top level folder. You can use this "Azure folder" just like any other folder on your computer's hard drives.
  1. To upload a file from your computer to Azure, copy the desired file into the "Azure folder".
  2. To download a file from Azure to your computer, copy the desired file out of the "Azure folder".

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