Mapping drives to network storage

Some people may prefer to work with network storage through mapped drives rather than desktop shortcuts. A mapped drive appears under 'My Computer' with a lettered drive name. These instructions explain how to map a drive to network storage.

In this example, a user named 'iac-testuser' will map her IAC network storage to the drive letter T. (In general it is best to choose later alphabet letters to avoid conflict with earlier letters often reserved for removable media such as thumb drives.)

  1. Begin by right-clicking a desktop shortcut to network storage (See related document for explanation of desktop shortcuts.)
    Right Clicking a Shortcut
    If you don't have these desktop shortcuts, you can right-click 'My Computer', which appears either on the Desktop or under the 'Start' menu
    Right Clicking Map Network Drive on the Start Menu

  2. In the resulting dialog box, choose an available letter for the drive; in this case the user chooses T. If you right-clicked a desktop shortcut, the 'Folder' field will already be filled-in
    Mapping Drive from a Shortcut
    If you right-clicked 'My Computer', you'll need to type the network location into this field. In this case, the user types the location of her individual storage: \\\iac-testuser.
    Mapping a Drive From the Start Menu
    In either case, check 'Reconnect at logon' if you'd like this mapping always to be available.

  3. After selecting 'Finish', the mapped drive will appear under 'My Computer':
    New Drive Mapping in My Computer Area

  4. Double-clicking the mapped drive will display the files in the network location:
    Explorer View of Mapped Drive

  5. When saving work from typical applications, the mapped drive can be used for easy access to network storage. For example, from Microsoft Word's 'Save' dialog box, one can select the 'Save in' popup field, where the mapped drive is visible:
    'Save In' Dialog in a Typical Application

  6. Selecting the mapped drive from this popup allows the document to be saved there:
    Selecting a Mapped Drive in the 'Save In' Dialog