How to Map a Network Drive

Computers are mostly used on networks these days. In offices, in homes, the trend of office or personal network is increasing day by day. The central computer may not necessarily be a server, but can be a file server to safely hold important information of the users on the network. It is always wise to save your critical information on the sever rather than on the local machine because it could get deleted, stolen, or corrupt on the local machine easily, but on the server it stays safe because of the extra security measures taken to safeguard the server’s data. In such scenarios we get a share drive on the server which is a part of hard drive space on the server allocated to users. This portion or quota of the servers hard drive space is accessible by only the account holder and thus the data kept over there is quite safe, however, the network path to the folder allocated to users is at times quite long and hard to type every time you have to access the folder. Keeping this problem in mind I will discuss a simple way to assign a drive letter to such or any other network path, so that it could be easily accessed from your computer.

Assigning a drive letter to a network path is called as mapping a network drive, and it turns out to be very helpful while you save any file because now instead of opening the entire network path you just have double click on the drive letter and save the work. Let us see how to do the same.

Step 1: Open ‘My Computer’ or Windows Explorer and open the network folder which is assigned to you. It would be starting with some IP address then some sub folders, and then your folder. You will get to see this complete path in the Address Bar of the Windows Explorer or ‘My Computer’ window.

Step 2: Once you see this complete path, click in the Address Bar, select it, and copy the entire path. Make sure that you don’t miss on any back slash and copy the entire path correctly.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Start’ menu. Here you will have an option of ‘My Computer’ or ‘Computer’ depending upon the version of Windows you have. Right click on this option and then click on ‘Map Network Drive’ option in the context menu.

Step 4: This will open the ‘Map Network Drive’ window in which the first option will be to select a drive letter for your network drive. You can select any of the letters.

Step 5: Next box over there is to enter the folder location, so just click on it and paste the path which we already have in computer’s clipboard.

Step 6: Make sure that you select the ‘Reconnect at Logon’ check box so that it connects each time you login and then click on ‘OK’ or ‘Finish’.

Now open ‘My Computer’ window and you will see a new drive letter over there. This drive letter will be the shortcut to your network folder.

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