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Map Network Storage Share to a Drive Letter in Windows

Introduction

How to map a network share to a drive letter on a Windows computer.

Instructions

Instructions: 

If off-campus, be sure to create a VPN connection to the college network before trying to access a network share.

Unsure of the network path? Check for common server names on the accessing network storage shares page.

Windows XP

  1. Right-click on My Computer and select Map Network Drive from the pop-up menu.
  2. The Map Network Drive window will appear. Choose an available letter from the Drive drop-down menu.
  3. Next, enter the network path of the share you want to map. Remember the network path consists of the server name, followed by the share name, in the following form:
    \\server-name.amherst.edu\share-name
  4. If you are mapping this drive on a computer that stays on campus, make sure "Reconnect at logon" is checked. If this drive will be accessed from off-campus using VPN, make sure "Reconnect at logon" is unchecked.
  5. Click on Connect using a different user name.
  6. In the user name field, enter amherst\ followed by your Amherst username.
  7. Enter your Amherst password in the Password field, and click OK.
  8. Back at the Map Network Drive window, click Finish.

VPN users: Once you've mapped a drive you should create a shortcut to it. Right-click on the drive icon in My Computer and select Create Shortcut. Put the shortcut on your Desktop. Then, to reconnect to the drive during subsequent VPN sessions, simply double-click on the shortcut.

Windows 7

  1. In the Start Menu, right-click Computer and select Map network drive.
  2. The Map Network Drive window will appear. Choose an available letter from the Drive drop-down menu.
  3. Next, enter the network path of the share you want to map. Remember the network path consists of the server name, followed by the share name, in the following form:
    \\server-name.amherst.edu\share-name
  4. If you are mapping this drive on a computer that stays on campus, make sure "Reconnect at logon" is checked. If this drive will be accessed from off-campus using VPN, make sure "Reconnect at logon" is unchecked.
  5. In the user name field, enter amherst\ followed by your Amherst username.
  6. Enter your Amherst password in the Password field, and click OK.

VPN users: Once you've mapped a drive you should create a shortcut to it. Right-click on the drive icon in My Computer and select Create Shortcut. Put the shortcut on your Desktop. Then, to reconnect to the drive during subsequent VPN sessions, simply double-click on the shortcut.

Service Categories

Service Categories: 
Network Storage

Audience

Audience: 
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