How to map a network drive

How to map a network drive

Mapping a network drive means assigning a letter to a folder on a shared resource, such as a network server, to make it the shared folder function like a hard drive on your own computer. Some computer programs, particularly older or poorly written ones, require you to map a drive in order to function properly.

You can map a drive using your mouse from Windows Explorer or My Computer, or you can use a command line.

From Windows Explorer / My Computer:

Choose Map Network Drive… from the Tools menu.

In the next window, choose the drive letter you want to use and the folder you want to assign it to. In the example below, I am assigning the letter U to the users folder on a server called SBS, and I’m telling my computer to do this every time I log on to Windows:

If you don’t remember the exact name of the server or folder you’re trying to map, the Browse button can help you find it.

From a command line

Another way to map a network drive — one that is frequently used by network administrators to automate the process — is by using the “net use” command. To do this yourself, first open a command prompt. Click Start, then Run, and type cmd in the Open box:

At the command prompt, type net use [drive letter:] [shared folder]. The example below assigns U: to the Users folder on the SBS server, just as shown above:

Once you’ve mapped a drive, you may want to know how to un-map it. But that’s a topic for another post.

Posted in All, Windows XP on Oct 28th, 2006, 11:23 pm by David Schrag   

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