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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Mapping a drive

Instructions for mapping a drive on Windows, Mac or Linux are shown below. Note that you'll need to know the name of the drive you want to map to before you start - you will be able to check this when working on site.

Mapping a drive in Windows

Mapping a drive using Windows 7

  1. Via your Start menu or the icon on your desktop, go to Computer.
  2. Map Network Drive should be an option on the ribbon at the top of the Computer Window. Alternatively, click on Tools, then select Map Network Drive
  3. Choose a drive letter to map to and then enter the name of the drive you're mapping, e.g. a departmental shared drive will be something like \\\share_XXX and a personal J: drive would be something like \\\abcd12 (where abcd12 is your username). If you're not sure, you can check by clicking on the 'Computer' icon on your desktop - the Computer section will show the drives you have mapped, including their names. Alternatively, you can ask the IT Service Desk will be able to help.
  4. Make sure you tick the Connect using different credentials box
  5. Click Finish. You'll be prompted to enter your username and password - you should prefix your username with mds\ (e.g. mds\abcd12)

Mapping a drive using Linux

Mapping a drive using Linux (Ubuntu 13.10 Unity)

  1. Go to Places and then select Connect to Server under Network
  2. Enter the address of the drive you're mapping with the prefix smb://, e.g. smb://
  3. Click Connect. You'll be prompted to enter your username and password

Mapping a drive using a Mac

Mapping a drive using a Mac

  1. From your toolbar, select Go 
  2. Then Connect to Server
  3. Enter the name of the drive that you're mapping, using the prefix smb://, e.g. smb://stevens/share_XXX
  4. Click Connect, you'll be prompted for your username and password