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How to share and map a network drive or folder

This document explains the steps necessary to map and share a network drive or folder in Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Vista. Sharing a drive or folder allows you to access data on that drive from other computers on the same network.

Mapping a shared drive provides an easy way to access data by creating an icon in My Computer and a listing in the left pane of Windows Explorer. This allows you to access the mapped drive as if it were a local drive on your computer.

How to share a network drive or folder in Windows XP
How to map a network drive in Windows XP
How to disconnect a network drive in Windows XP
How to share a network drive or folder in Windows Vista
How to map a network drive in Windows Vista
How to disconnect a network drive in Windows Vista

How to share a network drive or folder in Windows XP
  1. Right-click Start, then click Explore.
  2. Right-click the drive or folder you wish to share, then click Sharing and Security.
  3. On the Sharing tab, select Share this folder.

Sharing a drive or folder

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How to map a network drive in Windows XP
  1. Right-click Start, then click Explore.
  2. Click Tools, then click Map Network Drive.

Windows Explorer tools

  1. Select a drive letter from the Drive: drop down list.
    Note: The default drive letter is Z, but you may choose any letter from the list.
  2. Specify the path name for the shared drive or folder.
    Example: \\server name\share name.
    Note: You may also click Browse to select a shared drive or folder.

Map a network drive

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How to disconnect a network drive in Windows XP
  1. Click Start, then click My Computer.
  2. Right-click the mapped drive.
  3. Click Disconnect.
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How to share a network drive or folder in Windows Vista
  1. Right-click Start, then click Explore.
  2. Right-click the drive or folder you wish to share, then click Share...
  3. From the File Sharing screen:
    1. Specify a user, create a new user, or choose Everyone (All users in this list) using the drop down list to the left of the Add button.
    2. Once you have specified a user(s), click Add.
    3. After adding the specified user(s), click Share.

File sharing in Windows Vista

  1. From the User Account Control window, click Continue.

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How to map a network drive in Windows Vista
  1. Click Start, then click Network.
  2. In the left pane, right-click Network, then click Map Network Drive...

Select Network from the Start menu

  1. Select a drive letter from the Drive: drop down list.
    Note: The default drive letter is Z, but you may choose any letter from the list.
  2. Specify the path name for the shared drive or folder.
    Example: \\server name\share name.
    Note: You may also click Browse to select a shared drive or folder.

Map Network Drive

 

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How to disconnect a network drive in Windows Vista
  1. Click Start, then click Network.
  2. In the left pane, right-click Network, then click Disconnect Network Drive...
  3. Click the drive that you would like to disconnect, then click OK.


  • Alias ID: MIGR-67546
  • Document ID: HT003118
  • Last Updated :2014-06-17
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