In order to set up a Network Drive, first Right click on my Computer icon. You will find an option called “Map Network Drive”. Have you ever wondered what this option is for and to use it efficiently? Well as the name suggests it has something to do with the network and only works efficiently if your computer is on a network. Network drive is a drive which is not physically installed on your computer, but appears in your computer with a drive letter and can be accessed by double clicking on it – the way you access your c or D drive. Network Drive is  a link to a folder on the network which can be accessed by your computer. In this article we will discuss the benefits of having a network drive and how to create it windows Operating Systems.

If your computer is connected to a network and you have some data which you want to share with others, or if you do not have a dedicated workstation but you need to be able to access the same data from any computer on the network then you can easily do it by creating a folder on a network location and keeping your data on it. This network location should be on a centralized computer which can be accessed by other computers so that once you keep your data there you can access it from all the other computers. Just make sure that you have access to the network folder which is created for or assigned to you by the Administrator and you can read and write to it. If you are on the network then your computer and the centralized computer both will have a unique IP address assigned to them and so the entire centralized folder’s path would look something like this “\\192.168.50.65\share\yourshare”. This location is not so easy to remember and if you have to save any file on it then you would need to open the entire path before saving the file. Will it be not good if we can treat this location which is assigned to you as a virtual drive on your computer and assign a drive letter to it? This certainly can be done and this is what is called as a map drive. Given below are the steps to create a map drive for the network location.

Open the network folder which you want to map on your computer and just copy the location of the folder or keep it somewhere on a notepad. Right click on the My Computer on the Desktop or in the Start menu and then select Map network drive option from the context menu. This will open a Window titled “Map Network Drive”. This will have a drop down for you to select the drive letter which you want to assign to the Network drive. Select the drive letter and then in the Folder box paste the network location which you copied earlier. Do click on the check box “reconnect at logon” and click on Finish. That would be all. Now you will see that a new drive letter has been added in the My Computer window and you will reach to your network share by just double clicking it. This drive can be used just as if it was physically present on your computer.