MyDocuments directory missing from SharePoint on Windows 7

It's fairly common practice for organizations to map its users' MyDocuments directory to a network (fileshare) location to facilitate back-up. The company laptop I received was no exception, but when I tried to download a document from SharePoint - the was no trace of MyDocuments anywhere on my machine from the file navigation dialog within SharePoint. Similarly, if I selected the 'Open in Explorer' command from the Actions dropdown - no MyDocuments. As it turns out, the network drive that MyDocuments points to is not index-able and consequently SharePoint does not acknowledge it.
When I deleted the network drive as a location and tried to add it back in, I got the following error:

This network location can’t be included because it is not indexed.

The network location also indicates a status of 'Unsupported' within the Documents Library Locations. Moreover, I can't seem to recover my original 'MyDocuments' location and instead had to create a new folder under my Users profile directory and set that as my default save location. SharePoint has no problem recognizing the new location (since it's index-able).
Here's a smattering of troubleshooting techniques I encountered for reference.

Posted on 7/13/2010 10:44:00 AM by sterlingt

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