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How to map a network drive


If you use information from a shared local network drive, you might access it by browsing the network or typing in a "UNC path" like


There are possible problems with this:

You can solve either problem by "mapping" a drive.

Ah. You'd like that in HumanSpeak?

It just means telling Windows "I want you to pretend that my computer has a drive named P: and when I ask for something on drive P, I want you to go find it on this shared network drive. Don't bother me with the details, don't make me type those long path thingies and don't make me browse the whole network every time I want to find my stuff. OK?"


Map? It's a Snap!

A new P: drive appears in My Computer. It actually represents the shared folder or drive on the network server, but you can use it like any other drive whenever you want to use the files you've stored there.

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How to map a network drive
Last update 26 July, 2011