Task 4: Mapping a Network Drive



In the My Network Places window, click the View workgroup computers link.


Double-click the machine containing the drive you want to map.


Not all programs enable you to browse network locations when opening or saving files. Some programs can only recognize drives on your computer. Fortunately, you can trick Windows into thinking that a particular drive or folder on the network is actually located on your system. This is called mapping a network drive. To do this, you create a connection that leads all programs from an imaginary new drive letter on your system to the network location you want. After you map a drive, the new letter appears in all drive listings.


Opening My Network Places

Refer to the preceding task if you need help opening the My Network Places window.



Right-click the drive you want to map, and choose Map Network Drive from the menu that appears.


Open the Drive drop-down list and click the drive letter you want to use for the drive.


Mark the Reconnect at logon check box if you want this mapping to be active every time you log on.


Click Finish.


Drive Letter

You can leave the default drive letter assigned, which is the first available letter, or you can assign a different available letter. Some people like to assign network drives later letters, such as X, Y, or Z, to avoid confusing them with local drive letters.


Reconnecting at Logon

Reconnecting a drive mapping each time you log on can slow things down. If you don't use the drive mapping every day, or if the mapped computer is not always turned on, it's better not to reconnect it automatically at logon.