Map A Network Drive In Windows 10


Hi Everyone, today I’m going to be showing you how to map a network drive in Windows 10 This is very, very simple First of all you’d want to open “File Explorer”. Now normally you can do this by clicking the stat button Down in the bottom left but you may not actually have it there So, your options of opening file explorer will be either using the Windows key and “S” So you can actually search for it or, I’ll show you a little tip where you can right click onto the desktop choose personalise Then hit the “start” button and then “choose which folders appear on start” So at the moment you can see a lot of these are set to off. So if I click down here there is nothing shown. However…. If I enable file explorer and I want to include network [you don’t need to include network] So we can now close out of this [window] and if we go back down here [start button] You can now see that Network and File Explorer So, now you’re in File Explorer you want to choose “This PC” because you want to add/map a network drive here To do that, just go up to the top of here Hit the button and choose “map network drive” Now once you’re in the network drive [window] you can assign any drive letter that is available So you’ll see that I’ve already got C, D and E here assigned so I can either continue that on with any letter from there [the list], or I can just choose the default one that it shows, which is Z. Then from here your network attached storage device, PC or server that you’re mapping a drive to You can either browse your network [using the browse button] if the device is discoverable across the network or you can manually type in the address as you can see in the example here. you can type \ServerNameFolderName So, if I wanted to I can type in \ParagonYouTube Now that would allow me to connect to the Youtube folder stored on my NAS. However.. I wouldn’t recommend using server names because some people to tend to have trouble with them. and in my opinion it’s always better to use the actual IP address of the device. Especially if you’ve used a fixed IP address. Now once you’ve typed in the address that you’re going to be using for it. you then want to ensure you have selected “re-connect at sign in” So, this is when you re-start your PC The mapped drive will still be there. And because my NAS has it’s own authentication I want to connect using different credentials to what I use to log into my PC. ok, so that’s all that done Click finish and then what we’ll want to do is type in the username and password for it. So, that’s going to be admin and my password. and then hit ok and you can see that its mapped this folder directly under the IP address with the Z affixiation. Now, if we go back to “this PC” you’ll see that is appears under network locations and you can see that I’ve got got 3TB free of 5.3TB of the drives that are currently stored in the NAS and that is mapped directly to that folder So whenever I am doing YouTube videos I can now simply transfer it through File Explorer, or what used to be called Windows Explorer. Erm, a quick tip. If you want to quickly go to File Explorer without having to go to the start menu If you right click down here and choose “pin to takbar” That’ll actually keep it there. So if we close all of these windows, you can still see that the icon remains there. We can move that anywhere we want along the task bar. and then whenever I want to jump back into it, it is simply 1 click and here I am in File Explorer. So, that’s all there really is to mapping a network drive through File Explorer. Now, you can use the “net use” command should you wish to do so. If you want to learn more about this [command] then I will include a link to this webpage in the description below. So you guys and girls can learn more about it as it has examples and explains further on how to use it. but as a brief example, you will use these commands in the “command prompt”. To open the command prompt is Windows key + S and type “cmd” and then press Enter [on your keyboard]. and then this will open the command prompt for you Essentially its the exact same process [as before] but you are manually typing it out. So you’d type “net use” then the drive letter you wish to assign, for example: we will choose M. colon (:) Then space, then the server name or IP address So, if we do the 192.168.0.20 backslash () and we’ll choose “downloads” and then what we’ll actually want to do, if we press Enter now it will map the network drive, but if i restart the PC that drive will no longer be so we want it to be persistent, so we want it to stay there. So, for that you want to do P:Yes After that, press Enter and it will say that it has been completed successfully. To check this, if we go back into File Explorer we can see straight away that downloads folder from this IP address has arrived without any problems. These drives will stay here every time I restart my PC because they’ve been setup perfectly. So, that’s it. That’s all there is to it. If you do have any questions or you want to learn a bit more about it then drop a comment below. I’ll be happy to answer your questions. If you’re a Mac user and you’d like to see a similar tutorial on OS X then drop a comment below. Let me know and I’ll happily do that for you guys. Until next time, thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video.

46 thoughts on “Map A Network Drive In Windows 10

  1. I am trying to be able to see my outlook calendar on my i-phone. I am not sure how to do this. Do you have a video for this?

  2. I'm trying to connect to my WebDAV drive through Android. Works fine without password which poses a security risk but when I set a username and password on it and try login, like how you did it, it won't accept it.

  3. well done man 🙂 been trying to figure out how to connect my WD my cloud so I can see it in file explorer.. the wd website sucks and you explained what I needed in under 2 mins haha

  4. Thanks. I mapped several drives and had no issues over Ethernet, but when I tried accessing them over wifi it couldn't find anything. Only works with a wired connection to my domain. Any advice?

  5. I want to make a network drive and I use my 1TB HDD. I attached it to my router. Does that mean that I just need to use the IP of the router?

  6. When i do this with my Network harddrive it can not find it, in fact not even my pc can find it but i know it worked before. the freecom device cant be found on their own management assistent really strange.

  7. So, could I then just VPN into my home network via my DD-WRT VPN, and access home my home network folders like normal? will have to try this.

  8. Using the command prompt:

    How do you specify the volume on the remote system?
    In other words, the remote system could have a "c:" drive and a "d:" drive.

    For example, what would be the command to map to "d:misctemp" on the remote PC?

    Thank you.

  9. The drive you are mapping, how it is setup on the remote computer? And how to do that if I want to map an NTFS folder that is on Linux?

  10. Great video! Thanks for your help. The Everything went well until I tried mapping. "Windows cannot access \IP-address\foldername". It also said that I should check the spelling or there might be something wrong with your network. I checked the spelling is correct and all my devices are connected and working fine. The NAS is connected to my WiFi modem via ethernet. Is there something I'm missing? Maybe a port I need to open on the WiFi modem? :/ Halp lol

  11. Why people make tutorials, with no explanations for every step. Where did you and how did you find the IP for example?

  12. I am installing a new network drive for a business and some computers cant see the mapped drive but some can. how am I supposed to know what the ip is of the new hard drive that is on their network O.o ?

  13. I have done just that, but what I want is to acces my 1TB HDD (that is connected to my home router) from another location,
    For example if am with my laptop at a friend house in another city and want to acces my HDD back home, how should I map the drive?

  14. It's a good video, but not what I'm trying to do. I need to map a specific subfolder of my connected external USB hard drive because I need to verify the number of files and subfolders match what are on my main hard drive and, due to the stupid long-standing Windows 10 maximum file path bug that Microsoft refuses not to fully patch, have to do it this way.

    What am I doing wrong…am entering '\G493263Backups – July 20, 2011My Documents' in the path (USB drive is on drive G and am trying to map that folder to drive letter V).

    Can't use 'Browse…' because external drives don't seem to show up there.

    I know I've done this before, so I know it's possible. Thanks.

  15. Thanks.. went through like 10 other tutorials and troubleshoot paths before finding your video,. finally my NAS is mapped!

  16. What kind of network sharing did you use to set up your NAS..? Is it using NFS or Samba? (Assuming you are using a Linux based OS/"Distro" on your server..?)

  17. Hi after mapping a particular suppose (E:drive) into another drive (Q:Drive), the E:drive disappears how do I restore the E:drive back to where it was. Please let me know its important.

  18. Hi, i want to make a network drive with my d-link router, but when i try to make it i get a mistake message: ''0x80070035 The network path was not found''. What should be the problem and the solution? thanks

  19. what about the network drive you are linking to on another pc do you need to set any settings on the folder you are trying to map ?? security, share, etc so it will accept the map.

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