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This article guides you through establishing a connection to a network drive on both Windows10 and Mac OS X.

Connecting to a Network Drive in Windows10

Follow the steps below to connect to a network drive in Windows10.

  1. Open File Explorer in one of the following ways:
    1.  the folder icon from the taskbar, OR
    2. the Start menu , OR
    3. on your keyboard, press Windows key+E.

  2. In the navigation pane (on the left), select This PC (#1). Then, select the Computer tab (#2), select Map network drive (#3)
    Accessing the Map Network Drive tool in File Explorer
  3. You will be presented with the Map Network Drive dialogue window.

    Map Network Drive dialogue window

  4. The next available drive letter will already be selected for you. If you wish to select a different drive letter, you may do so in the dropdown list.

  5. In the Folder textbox, type the path of the folder, or select Browse to find it. If you wish to reconnect to this network drive every time you log in, be sure to select the Reconnect at sign-in checkbox.

    The server/folder path should follow this format: \\servername\sharenameexample

  6. Select Finish.


If you can't connect to a network drive or folder, you might not have the correct permissions. Contact the myTECH Helpdesk for assistance.

Connecting to a Network Drive in Mac OS X

Follow the steps below to connect to a network drive in Mac OS X.

  1. Open Finder in one of the following ways:
    1. choose the icon Finder icon in the dock, OR
    2. press Command+K, OR
    3. choose Go > Connect to Server.

  2. Type the network address for the server in the Server Address field.

    The address should follow this format: smb://servername/sharedrivename

    Connect  to Server dialogue window

  3. Click Connect.

  4. If necessary, enter your user name and password, then select the server volumes or shared folders.

To make it easier to connect to the computer in the future, select “Remember this password in my keychain” to add your user name and password for the computer to your keychain.

If you can't connect to a network drive or folder, you might not have the correct permissions. Contact the myTECH Helpdesk for assistance.

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