How to Map a Network Drive

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Map a computer network drive by clicking on "My Computer," selecting "Map Network Drive," picking a drive letter that is not being used, typing in the name of the server or IP address and clicking "Finish." Find the drive map at the bottom of the computer once it has been restarted with help from a computer programmer in this free video on computer drives.

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Hi, my name's Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to map a network drive. Let's go to our computer. And what we're going to do is we're going to click on the "Start Button" and then let's right click here on "Computer". On Windows XP it will be "My Computer", and just click on "Map Network Drive". Now what it's going to ask you here is the drive that you would like to use for your map drive as in drive letter, which you're probably used to seeing C drives and D drives and such. I'm just going to leave it on drive Z, but as you can see, you can pick any drive letter that's not currently being used. So if I type in the folder here, what we're going to do is we're going to type in backslash, backslash, and either the name of the server that is sharing out the folder or the IP address of that server. So I'm going to type in 10.0.1.184, which is the IP address of my server, and on there I have a folder called "Users" that is shared out. So after we've typed that in, we're going to use drive letter Z. All you have to do is click "Finish" at the bottom. We've just mapped our drive. As you can see, users on 10.0.1.184 is mapped to drive Z. If I then open up computer again by clicking on the start button and go down to the bottom, you'll see my Z drive map. My name's Dave Andrews and I've just showed you how to map a network drive.

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