Mapping a network drive

How do I map a network drive on a PC?

First, make sure that you have the complete path of the area you need access to. If you are connecting to a departmental Storage Area Network (SAN) space, check with your colleagues to confirm you have the correct path syntax.

Follow the steps below to map a network drive:

  1. Select Start>Computer...  
  2. Click the 'Map network drive' button
  3. In the 'Drive' box, select a drive letter. 
  4. In the 'Folder' box, type the full path syntax for the SAN area, for example:  \\enterprise.gcal.ac.uk\gcu\staff\CSV\Risk_Assessments 
  5. Ensure 'Reconnect at login' is ticked. 
  6. Click Finish. 
  7. Your mapped drive will now appear in My Computer with the drive letter of your choice.

How do I map a network drive on a Mac?

Make sure that you have the complete path of the area you need access to. If you are connecting to a departmental network drive space, check with your colleagues to confirm you have the correct path syntax.

Network drive path syntax is defaulted to Windows format. MAC users will need to convert the syntax before connecting to the server.

Follow the instructions below to map a network drive:

  1. Select Go>Connect to Server... from the menu bar.  
  2. Next, copy and paste the server address, for example: \\enterprise.gcal.ac.uk\gcu\staff\CSV\Risk_Assessments into the 'Server Address' field - but don't hit the 'Connect' button yet. 
  3. To convert the path to MAC format: 
    • Prefix the line with smb: 
    • Next, fully specify the staff server by adding staffclus. at the front of the address 
    • Next, delete the \gcu part 
    • Next, change the Staff part to Staff_Space$ 
    • Finally, change each backslash character to a forward slash character

Windows syntax:

\\enterprise.gcal.ac.uk\gcu\staff\CSV\Risk_Assessments

MAC syntax

smb://staffclus/Staff_Space$/CSV/Risk_Assessments 

  1. Next, Click the 'Connect' button
  2. At this stage, you may be prompted to log in. If so, enter your domain password. (The domain field and login name should already be entered.)
  3. The network drive will be mapped to your MAC and a folder will be placed on your Desktop.  
  4. Once the drive is mounted on the desktop, drag it to the dock so it is easily accessible on future logins.