How to map network drive windows 10

Network drives are ideal for sharing data and resources. Once business is up and running, any user can quickly and easily share media with Windows over a network. As long as you have a PC and another device on the same network, you can share resources between them. Learn how to map a network drive in Windows.

how to map network drive windows 10

What is a network drive?

A network drive is essentially any hard disk or media drive that can be shared on a network. It must have sharing enabled so that other devices can read data on it. Network drives are commonly used in businesses to allow multiple users to share data, but they can also be used at home.

If you have a media server, network drives are required to share this media. If you have NAS (Network Attached Storage), this is also a network drive. You can also share other resources such as printers on a network, but this guide focuses on drives and files.

For a home network to work, you need two devices with the same IP range. This is usually controlled by your router. If DHCP is used and IP addresses are assigned automatically, they are already in the same IP range. If you assign them manually or have multiple networks, you must make all devices available either on multiple networks or on the same network.

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This manual assumes that you have one network and all devices are on it.

Assign a network drive in Windows 10

how to map network drive windows 10Mapping a network drive in Windows 10 is refreshingly simple. To make it work, you need to set up the network drive for sharing and know the login for the computer it’s connected to. Part of the setup process requires that you complete the login. If the drive is not shared, you won’t be able to access the drive.

To set up sharing on another computer

Open Explorer on the desktop that contains the drive or folder you want to share.
Right-click the file or drive and select Properties.
Select the Sharing tab and choose Advanced Sharing.
Select the check box next to Share this folder (or drive).
Click OK.
This allows other users to view files on the selected drive or folder. If you want people to be able to move, add, or change files and folders, select the option to change sharing permissions at the bottom of this guide.

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To map the network drive:

Open Explorer on the desktop.
Select this PC from the left menu and Computer from the top menu.
Select Map Network Drive.
Select a drive letter for the network drive from the drop-down menu.
Next to Folder, click Browse or enter the network address of the network drive.
Make sure the check box next to Reconnect at login is selected.
Click Finish.
You should now see your new share drive appear with the other drives in Windows Explorer. You can now navigate like any other connected drive.

The network address of a share can be either in IP address format or as a share name. For example “\ 192.168.1.7 \ Sharedfolder” or “\ MySpareComputer \ Sharedfolder”.

Changing the release authorizations

how to map network drive windowsIf you set up a media server or streaming setup at home, the method shown above works fine. If you want to change files on the network drive, you’ll need to do a little more. By default, each share allows read-only access to remote users. This is for security purposes. If you want to move, add, or change files, you need write permissions.

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Open Explorer on the desktop that contains the drive or folder you want to share.
Right-click the folder or drive that you shared, and choose Properties.
Select Sharing, Advanced sharing, and Permissions.
Select the check box next to Full Access and/or Change.
Choose Apply and then OK once.
This grants full rights to files and folders within the shared drive to all users who connect to it. You can restrict this to certain users, but that leaves something to be desired for this manual. Just make sure that everyone who has access to your network drive knows which files you can touch and which you can leave alone!

If all goes well, you should now have a fully functional network drive that you can access over the network. It’s not accessible from the outside, and you’ll need to log in with the machine’s credentials to make it fairly secure from the outside world.