Mapping a drive

To map a drive manually:

Open Windows Explorer ….

+ E, will open Windows Explorer

and then from the Tools menu, choose Map Network Drive.

(You may need to hit the Alt key to see the Tools menu.)

On some new versions of Windows, the Map Drive is now tucked under an option that says Easy Access instead of being under tools.

In the Map Network Drive dialogue, Choose a drive letter and then type in the address of the share you are mapping to.

If you want this drive to be there each time you log into the computer, check the box that says Reconnect at logon.

There is also an option here that says, Connect using different credentials.  This is used when you are using a machine that’s logged in as one ID and need to make a connection that requires a different ID for security reasons.  For example, using a computer connected to a common instrument you often use a generic shared ID to log into the machine, but then you can map a drive to your lab files from there using your own ID.  In this case, you never want to check the box that says Reconnect at login, because that would make it so anyone who uses that machine has access to your lab files.

For more information specific to Mac computers, read this post

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