How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 7

Setting up a network drive on either Windows or OS X can be a confusing process. Either it works right away, or you can find yourself troubleshooting various connectivity issues that keep you from being able to see shared folders and drives on other computers on your network.

Using GoToManage, LockerGnome’s Chris Pirillo and Jake Ludington were able to set up Hector’s network drive from an iPad.

Mapping a network drive can be done fairly easily. Once your network drive is set up for network sharing, you can go to your client system and map the network drive so it’s as readily available as a local drive. This allows you to avoid having to find the drive or folder on the network each time you start your machine.

In the video below, Chris Pirillo and Jake Ludington of LockerGnome go through the process of mapping a network drive using GoToManage from Citrix. You can get a free 45-day trial of GoToManage by entering the promo code PIRILLO45 when downloading the free trial.

Here are the steps you can take to set up a shared network drive on your Windows 7 or Vista PC:

  • Open Windows Explorer by selecting Computer in your Start menu.
  • Select Map Network Drive under the Tools menu located a the top of the window.
  • Choose a drive letter to assign the network drive using the drop-down menu.
  • Click the Browse button and navigate to your desired network folder or drive and click OK.
  • To have your computer reconnect automatically, select the Reconnect at logon check box.

Once you’ve selected the network resource and drive letter you’d like to assign the remote drive, simply click OK and it should appear alongside any other local drive in the main Windows Explorer screen from here on out.

Remember, if your shared drive is moved or your network settings on the host computer are changed, you could lose this mapping. In the event that this happens, disconnect or dismount the unconnected shared drive in Windows Explorer and repeat the process to establish a new connection to the shared network resource.

1 comments On How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 7

  • Every time I boot up my computer it fails to map the network drive. Then I go into Explorer and click on Z: and it is good to go. 
    I believe the OS (Windows 7) tries to map the device before the network drivers load.

    What should I do?

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