How do I Connect a Shared Drive?

Connecting a Shared Drive in File Explorer

Click on the Start Menu and then type start typing "This PC". It will auto suggest the screen below.

Then Click on Map Network Drive



Type \\ into the Folder field then click Browse.

You will only see folders which you have permission to, so the list will be much shorter.

Highlight the Folder you wish to map and click OK.

  • If you want to map a U Drive then open the Users folder by clicking the arrow to the left of the text.
    • For the example below we chose to map the Academic Affairs Drive.  

The folder you selected will be populated in the Folder field.  Click Finish

The folder is now Mapped and will appear under Computer, as well as Netowrk Location

If you want to remove the drive simply Right Click on the drive and select Disconnect.  

If you want to create a link on your desktop for this folder, follow the directions below in Creating a shortuct on your dekstop

Creating a Shortcut on your Desktop

There are 2 ways you can do this.

  1. Drag the network drive we created in the last section to the dekstop.  
  2. Right click the network drive icon in file explorer and select Send to> Desktop (Create Shortcut)

There are 2 Types of drives.  Both are backed up and encrypted

  1. Department Drives- Storage location for department documents and colaboration. All Department documents should be saved in this location for the above reasons.
  2. U Drives- Personal storage location for documents and files. All individual work should be saved in this location for the above reasons.

After you Map the drive you also have the option to create a Shortcut on your dekstop for easier access.  Those instructions are below.  

Access the Drive without mapping it

Go to the Start Menu and in the search box type type \\

You will see a list of all the shared drive you have access to, simply open the folder you want to access.  

If you access the drive this way you will have to repeat these steps every time.

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