If you are accessing a network location from your Mac on a regular basis, it is better to go ahead and map a network drive. This will provide you with the opportunity to save a lot of time on a daily basis.
Two different methods are available for you to map a network drive on a Mac. You can go through these two methods and select the most convenient method out of them. Both these methods will deliver positive results to you in all the Mac OS versions.
Mapping a Network Drive in Mac
Before you try this method, you need to keep in mind that the network connection would drop, if you are disconnected or reboot the computer. Below mentioned are the steps that you will have to follow.
- Go to the Finder in your Mac OS X, press Command + K, so that you will be able to get the “Connect to Server” window.
- Now you can enter the path to the specific network drive that you want to me. For example, you can enter smb://networkcomputer/networkshare and select connect button.
- Now you can enter the login user name and the password. Upon entering the credentials, you can click OK to complete mounting the network drive.
- Now you will be able to see the network drive on the desktop. You can also locate it in the Finder window sidebar.
Mapping a network drive that re-mounts after the system reboot
If you want to map a network drive that re-mounts after a system reboot, you need to go through the below mentioned steps and try out. If you are looking for a more persistent method than what we discussed above, you can try the below mentioned steps.
- From the Finder, press the keyboard shortcut Command + K.
- Now you can enter the path of the specific network drive, which you need to map. For example, you can enter smb://networkcomputer/networkshare.
- Now you will be asked to enter your login details. You will have to enter the login and password and then press OK.
- Now you will be able to see that the drive has been mounted. However, you will need to continue in order to complete the mounting process, so that you can make sure it re-mounts even after you turn on your Mac on the following day.
- To do that, you need to visit System Preferences. You can access it from the Apple Menu.
- Now you can select Accounts.
- From there, you need to select Login Items.
- As the next step, you can select the + Button and you will be able to add an additional login item.
- Now you can locate the network drive that you have mounted. Then you can select Add.
- Now you have successfully done the job and you will be able to exit from the System Preferences.
Now you will be able to make sure that the network drive is mapped automatically, even after you reboot the Mac.