XP: Connect Network Drive

   Posted August 15, 2004 by David Kirk in Windows

The following Tech-Recipes tutorial explains how to treat your network shares like a local hard drive.

We have more recent articles about connecting network drives in Vista and Windows 7 as well.

I recently installed an mp3 and storage server in my house. To keep from having to remember all the different stores’ names, I just mapped the servers stores as network drives.

I mapped my storage share as x:
I mapped my music share as z:

Like most things in Windows, you can do this in several different ways.

From the Command Line —

1. Click Start.
2. Click Run.
3. Type cmd in the open textbox and click OK.
4. From the command prompt, type

net use drive: \\computername\sharename

drive: is the drive letter you want to use (for example, z:)
computername is the computer that contains the shares
sharename is the share you wish to map

From Network Places —

1. Click Start.
2. Click My Network Places.
3. Select Entire Network.
4. Open Microsoft Windows Network.
5. Click your domain.
6. Click the computer with the shared resources.
7. When the shares appear, right click the one you want to map.
8. Select Map Network Drive from the context menu.
9. Select the drive letter you want to use.
10 Click Finish.

From My Computer —

1. Open My Computer.
2. Click the Tools menu.
3. Select Map Network Drive.
4. Select the drive letter for your virtual drive.
5. Either browse or input the name of the server and shared resource in the following format:


computername is the computer that contains the shares
sharename is the share you wish to map
6. Click Finish


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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