How to Map a Computer Drive

by Bonnie Conrad

One of the best things about setting up a computer network is the ability to easily share system resources. When you share system resources you can use other computers whether those computers are located in the next room or halfway across the country. But in order to share those resources you will need to know how to map a network drive to the remote computers.

Get the name of the computer or server to which you will need to connect. If there is a network share located on that server or computer be sure to get that name as well. For instance, if your server is named "Myserver" and it contains a shared folder called "Myshare" you will need both the name of the server and the name of the shared folder.

Log on to your computer and right-click "My Computer." Choose "Explore" from the menu to open Windows Explorer.

Click the "Tools" menu and choose "Map Network Drive" from the drop-down list. Click the drop-down box next to "Drive" and choose the drive letter you want.

Type the name of the server or computer and the name of the shared drive or folder in the "Folder" box. For instance, if you are trying to get access to a server called "MyServer" and a shared folder called "MyShare," you would type "\\\\MyServer\\MyShare\" in the box.

Click "Finish" to complete the drive mapping. You will now see the shared drive listed in Windows Explorer.

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