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How to map hard drives?

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Most people who have computers connected to a network will generally go through the long way or perform time consuming tasks to navigate to other resources with the help of network neighborhood, wherein they can try simple methods of mapping drivers. This simple task will let you gain access so the resources of network just like you would to any other local driver on your computer.

For instance, if you regularly gain access to the files that are stored on some other computer connected to the same network, then rather than going to the network neighborhood, then finding the particular workgroup and then finding that particular computer from the network and later clicking through the files stores on that computer can be a very long and confusing task. Rather, you can just map the folder as the drive letter on your computer and with this you can easily access the folders of the computer in the network just like the locally stored folders. Just like you have C:\ drive that stores all your primary file and folders, you computer will now have an extra D:\ drive or F:\ drive that will contain the files and folders of the network computer.

The main question is that, how you would create this link. It is pretty easy. The most important step is to ensure that the particular network resource that you need to access is being shared. Some other details in mapping drivers on Windows include the computer name, workgroup name, network name and the driver letter for the resource you need to map with your computer. This information can be found in the network administrator of your network. However, you might even know most of this information if you have been accessing the network resources previously through the network neighborhood.

Therefore, to map a new network drive you should first open the Windows Explorer. This can be done by right-mouse clicking on the “Start” button and choose explore option. Then choose the tools option and click on the map network driver. You will find a dialog box open, in which you can choose the drive letter you need to assign to the network resource. This list will include all the available and unused drive letters but most people generally use the next available letter from the list. You should then click the “Browse” button that will open another dialog box where you should navigate the network resource that you need to map as the network driver. After choosing the appropriate resource, just click ‘OK’. You find a check box that reads as “Reconnect at Log on?” which should be check on. This basically means that when whenever you log on to Windows the link will re-establish itself. Just click the “Finish” button and you will have created the mapping driver on your computer

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