About The Map A Drive Tutorial

Mapping a network drive is something you are likely to do in a business environment. It allows you to gain access to another harddrive on another machine.

I have explained how to map a drive far to many times, to way too many people. In an attempt to make my life easier, i decided to add this subject to my tutorial section.

Your Values

In order to map a network drive, you'll need to know the following values:

Drive Letter: Q:
Path: \\Dorado\Halo
User Name: Flintstone

Drive Letter - This is just a letter of the alphabet that is not already in use on your machine. Unless told what to use, let Windows pick the letter for you.

Path - This value is made up of 2 other values; The server/machine name you are going to connect to (in this example it's Dorado), and the name of the share that has the files you want (in this example it's Halo).

User Name - If you don't know your username, you might as well quit and go home. You use this every day to log into your machine.

Map A Drive Tutorial

From the Start menu, open the file manager (called Windows Explorer).

Start \ Programs \ Windows Explorer

When the file manager opens, choose "Map a network drive" from the Tools menu.

From the Tools menu

Click the arrow on the drop down list and scroll down until you find where it says "Q" - click it. Then in the Path, enter "\\Dorado\Halo".

Mapping a network drive

Depending on your operating system, you may or may not have a field called "Connect As". If you do, enter "Flintstone" in the field. Make sure the checkbox labed Reconnect at login is checked on. When ready, click the OK button.

You may be prompted to enter a password. If so, enter the password you are normally assigned, or the password you are told to use in order to connect to this drive. In a moment, the file manager will refresh, and the network drive will appear in the left pane. Just scroll down to see it.

All done

That's it! You have just finished mapping a drive. You are free to use the new drive as you desire (or as instructed).

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