Connecting, also known as mapping, to a network drive in Windows Explorer can make accessing the drive easier and quicker. For more information on how to connect to a network drive, select the operating system of choice.
Click on the folder icon in the taskbar button or select press the Windows key + E to open Windows Explorer.
Select Map network drive from the toolbar of Windows Explorer.
Enter in the information requested to map the file share and select Finish.
Note: It does not matter what drive letter is selected. If this is a file share that will be used regularly, keep the “Reconnect at logon” option checked.
Click on the Go menu and select Connect to Server, (or press Command+K).
The Connect to Server window will open. Type the location (example: smb://winfscommon/common) in the Server Address area. Click Connect.
Note: You can add regularly visited file share locations as a favorite by clicking the add (+) button to the right of the Server Address area. The location will then save under Favorite Servers.
You will see the Connecting to Server window open.
Once you’re connected, your Network Drive will be found in the Finder window under Shared.
To have your Network Drive connect automatically connect when you login, go to System Preferences.
Note: You must have already mapped to your Network Drive before doing this.
Click on Users & Groups under System.
In the Users & Groups window, click on Login Items right above Change Password.
Click on the add (+) button.
Select your drives from the list and click Add.
They will now appear in the automatic login list.