Wish to create a shared space in a network that anyone can access? If yes is your answer, then you can do this by mapping your network drive. Still confusing? Don’t worry. This tutorial will help you to map a network drive in windows.
Map network drive is a default feature in Windows that will let you map a drive on another computer in the same network. If you are on a LAN connection and if you wish to use a folder on the network then mapping the drive is the best option.
It is a way to connect a shared network folder. By mapping a network drive you can increase the storage space that you have to access, or you can create a collaboration space for all of your coworkers.
Steps To Map A Network Drive In Windows:
Step 1: To get started, first open up your windows explorer. To do this, go to Start -> Computer. Now the windows explorer will open up as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 2: In the Windows Explorer, click “Map Network Drive” which will be at the end of the top horizontal menu bar.
Step 3: This will now open up the Map Network Drive window as shown below.
Step 4: Specify the drive letter from the first drop down which will be labeled as “Drive“.
Note: Make sure that the selected drive letter is unused to avoid conflicts. Hence it is advisable to choose the least available drive letter.
Step 5: Next, you need to choose the folder location that you wish to map as a drive. Either enter the path in the text box or click “Browse” to select the folder of your choice.
Your folder must be shared to map it to the network.
To share the folder follow the steps given below:
- To share a folder, right-click on the folder and select “Properties” from the context menu.
- In the dialog box that appears, navigate to the “Sharing” tab, and select “Advanced Sharing“.
- In the advanced sharing dialog box that appears, check the box next to “Share this folder“.
- Click “Apply” and click “OK“.
For this tutorial purpose, I am selecting the drive letter “Z” and the folder “Map Network Drive” as shown below.
Step 6: Click “Finish” to exit the map network drive window.
That’s it. You have now successfully mapped the network drive. Now that mapped folder will be displayed as a network drive. You can follow this tutorial map network drive in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
If you encounter any issues while following this tutorial, do let us know in the comments section below.