How to Convert OpenSSH Keys to RSA for DriveMaker SFTP Access

If you want to map a real drive letter in Windows to your remote SFTP site using DriveMaker Freeware, you might run into an issue with the SSH keys, depending on their internal format.

Please check the contents of your key file with Notepad and if your SSH keys begin with

-----BEGIN OPENSSH PRIVATE KEY-----

then DriveMaker cannot use them as-is.

However, the key can be converted with a tool called PuttyGen to the expected format, which is:

-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----

The steps are as follows. Download Putty for Windows and open PuttyGen. Click the Load button and select your current key file:

Then you might receive a message:

Then click the main menu option: Conversions -> Export OpenSSH Key as shown below:

And save the file. The saved file should now have the expected format:

-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----

The text file path name can now be entered in your DriveMaker profile:

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