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How do I connect or map a network drive in Windows?

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Article SummaryThis article explains how to map a network drive on your Windows computer.
This article is intended for staff and students.
When a shortcut to a shared folder or computer on a network (also called mapping a network drive) is created, you can access it from the Computer or Windows Explorer windows without having to look for it or type its network address each time.

If you are working from home or off-campus, you need a secure VPN connection before completing these steps. For more information, see VPN Help

Note: The following steps are for any cloud drive, network drive or other storage disk drive. If you are connecting to your college N drive see How do I connect to my N drive?

To map a network drive in Windows

  1. Open the Computer folder in File Explorer.
  • On Windows 8 or 8.1, press Windows key + E to open File Explorer, then click on Computer in the left menu.
  • On Windows 10, press Windows key + E to open File Explorer. Then select My PC from the left menu, and Computer in the top menu.
Note: You can also use the start button if available in Windows 8.1 or 10.
  1. Click Map network drive, as shown in the image below. Note: It may appear differently in your version of Windows.
Mapping your college N drive in Windows
  1. In the Drive field, select an unused drive letter.
Windows network drive map
  1. In the Folder box, enter the path of the folder or computer, or click Browse to find the folder or computer. For example: "\\algshare".
  2. To connect every time you log on to your computer, select the Reconnect at logon check box.
  3. Click Finish. An Explorer window will open displaying the contents of the network folder provided you have access to it and its address was typed correctly.

Your computer is now connected, or mapped, to the network drive.




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