Methods of connecting a network drive on Windows® 7
What is a network drive? What is the method to connect a network drive in Windows 7?
A network drive is defined as a file folder that is configured to share over a LAN and it is placed on a remote system. Drive mapping can reference distant drives to which you can allocate a letter of your own choice. While you carry out drive mapping, you have to use a special user name and password. While copying a file from a local disk to a mapped drive, you require enough disk space to keep all the file content. A remote system’s folder is shared with the help of a network drive. This feature allows you to edit, and remove files on that folder. If you map a drive from Windows XP to Windows 7, it might boost data accessibility option. Windows 7 Operating System (OS) is very easy to use and provides good performance.
The steps for mapping a network drive on Windows 7:
- About mapping a network drive
- Add drive on a network
- Tips to map a network drive
About mapping a network drive
A mapped drive is located on the list of configured drives in Windows Explorer. A mapped network drive helps you to involuntarily connect to a Network Share and the drive may appear like a local drive. Therefore, the systems which are incorporated on a network can easily and rapidly share this folder for various tasks.
Add drive on a network
For adding a drive on the network, click 'Start'. Then select 'My Computer'. From the toolbar, you have to press the button called 'Map network drive'. Then a window called Map Network Drive will appear. Then you need to choose 'Drive' menu in that window. Then select the drive letter from the list displayed. Then in the 'Folder' field that appears, you can supply the path to the network drive. As an alternate method, you can select 'Browse' and select the network drive. Then you need to press 'Ok'. You have to select the check box called 'Reconnect' at logon. Then choose the option called 'Different User Name'. A window called 'Connect as' appears. After that, enter the user name and the password of the account as permission to access that shared network. After holding the Enter key, click 'Ok'.
Open Windows Explorer and choose 'Tool' option, from that you can get Map Network Drive option. Then choose the drive letter or browse the Server Share. For stable mapping, you need to check ‘Reconnect at Logon’. With the help of the Browse… button you can locate the accurate folder by browsing accessible Network Shares. Then press 'Finish' for completing the process.
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