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How Do I Map to a Network Hard Drive

September 08, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

How to map a network hard drive in Microsoft Windows® operation system.

Most companies have their employees working with computers and data on a shared network drive. Having a shared network drive is ideal for a department or project team to share the same files, folders and databases where they can conveniently access the network location at any time. Sometimes the location path can be complicated and typing it in every time can be time consuming. The Windows® operating system offers a function for easily mapping the network drive. A drive letter is set as a local drive and then each user can simply access it from “My Computer”. To map to a network hard drive, follow the instructions below.


  1. Click on the “Start” button and then right-click on “My Computer” (“Computer” for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7).
  2. Choose “Map Network Drive…”.
  3. In the “Drive”, specify the letter you would like to assign to this drive.
  4. In the “Folder”, write or browse the path to the shared folder, e.g. “\\Server\Folder\Subfolder”.
  5. Make sure the “Reconnect at Logon” is checked.
  6. Click on the “Finish” button.
  7. Double-click on “My Computer” (“Computer” for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7) and the new drive will be available.

Tips and tricks:

  • If you are entering the path, you can use the copy and paste function to insert the location.

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