One of the everyday tasks that we carry out day by day is to share files with other users in the network or vice versa. You can have a specific drive so that there are stored various documents to access them frequently.
Network mapping helps us in this task because thanks to this we can access in an agile way the other drives or shared folders. When we are connected to a network where there are different computers, the most functional is to create shared folders where you can commonly share information without having to go computer by computer.
The fact of having folders in common isn’t only restricted to one Operating System but we can share them, for example, between Windows and Mac, avoiding the task of having to create compatible drive between both systems.
Having a network drive where you can share files and data in common makes teamwork a lot easier because it is quick at the moment.
In this tutorial, we will see how we can map network drives in Windows 10 with different simple and useful ways.
Method #1: Map Network Drive with File Explorer
We are going to carry out the following simple process to map a network drive in our computers with Windows 10.
First, open File Explorer. There click on the Computer tab located at the top.
Now click on the options Map network drive
On the windows that open, set which letter, you will assign to the network drive and set the path where the exact route is located. Once you have the defined route, click OK.
Before pressing Finish, you have two options that are.
- Reconnect at sign-in: Enabling this option you can create the mapping again once you log in and don’t have to repeat the process.
- Connect using different credentials: You can set with which user to connect to the network drive.
Reopen the File Explorer, and in the tab Network Locations, you can see the drive created, in this case with the letter Z. In this way every time we log in, the network drive will be mapped.
Method #2: Map Network Drive with CMD
Another alternative we have to map a network drive is through the Command Prompt or CMD.
To perform this task with this first, you need to open the Command Prompt
Now take into account these parameters
- Letter to assign to the drive
- IP address or the name of the computer where the folder to map is
- Name of the folder to map
In this case, I will assign the letter Z to the Software _Others folder located on the VBOXSVR device. In CMD enter the following syntax:
net use drive_letter: IP_Name_Folder_Route net use X: \\VBOXSVR\Software_Others
Go to the File Explorer to verify that your network drive was created successfully.
Method #3: Map Network Drive with PowerShell
Another method you can use to map a network drive in Windows 10 is through PowerShell.
To use this method takes into account the syntax that you must implement:
New-PSDrive -Name “Letter” -PSProvider FileSystem -Root “Folder_Route” –Persist
In our example, we will assign the letter M to the folder Software_Others, for which you must enter the following
New-PSDrive -Name “M” -PSProvider FileSystem -Root “\\VBOXSVR\Software_Others” -Persist
Once the command runs correctly, go to the File Explorer to verify that the network drive M was created successfully.
Method #4: How to Disconnect Network Drive
If we no longer need to use more network drive, we can disconnect them in 2 ways. From the Command Prompt using the following syntax.
net use letter: /d
The other option is from the Network Locations in the Windows Explorer. Right-click on the network drive and select Disconnect
In this way, you can map (connect) and disconnect network drives in your computers with Windows 10 to have faster access to the folders on your organization or home. You can access folders without having to physically move thanks to your local network.