How to map a network drive (Windows)
You need to have the correct permission granted to access the network share drive before attempting this instruction.
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Map the Network Drive
- Obtain the network address of the network share drive you wish to map
- If mapping your home directory, please see What is my home directory?
- Staff: To find the path address of the network share drive that you have access to please see the IAM Shares.
- Once you know the correct network address, then:
- Windows 7 – Click the Start button, right click on Computer and select Map Network Drive.
- Windows 8.1 – Right click on the Windows icon and select File Explorer, then Click Computer > Map network drive
- Windows 10 – Click the Start button, then click This PC. In the toolbar at the top, click Computer, then the Map Network Drive button.
Select a drive letter from the list of available letters.
- Enter the network address you have obtained:
- Tick the Reconnect at sign-in box to ensure your drive will remain connected after your computer restarts.
- Tick Connect using different credentials (not required on a Deakin Desktop computer).
- Enter network credentials:
- Enter your Deakin Username with the prefix du\ (e.g. du\jbloggs)
- Enter your Deakin Password.
The mapped network drive will now be visible under Network Locations within Computer (or This PC).
If a staff member is working from home via VPN and are unable to access files (such as in your H:\ drive), there is a process to "Force" Windows to update these.
You'll know if there is an issue if folders are displaying a little grey coloured cross (×) through them.
- Open your File Explorer and navigate to H:\ drive, or whichever Deakin drive is affected.
- Select Home > Easy Access > Check the "Work Online" option.