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Box.net: Map Your Free 50GB Account As a Network Folder in Windows

Box.net Storage

Coinciding with the launch of iOS 5, Box.net is offering free 50GB accounts. This capacity can also be applied to existing free accounts. Unlike Dropbox, Box.net doesn’t offer a desktop sync tool. Using WebDAV, you can map your Box.net account as a folder on your Windows PC.

If you don’t have a Box.net account yet, sign up for one on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via the box.net app.

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After signing up for Box.net, click the Start and open the Computer directory.

start menu computer windows 7

Windows Explorer opens. Right-click and empty area and select Add a Network Location from the Context Menu.

right-click and add a network location

The Add Network Location Wizard Starts. Click Next.

wizard

In the next screen of the wizard, click Choose a Custom Network Location. If you don’t see this option, just click Next.

add_location

In the Internet or Network Address field type: http://www.box.net/dav.

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Wait a few seconds, and a login window will appear. Type in your box.net username and password. Check Remember My Credentials and click OK.
enter box.net credentials

Next window gives your folder a name. Click Next.

name your box.net network map

In the final step of the wizard, make sure Open This Network Location When I Click Finish is selected. Click Finish.

complete add network location wizard

Once the mapping is complete, the Box.net folder lives in the Computer and Network directories as a location. Open it up and use it like you would any folder on your computer. One caveat is the 100MB file size upload limit still applies.

box.net mapped as a network drive in windows

In my tests, this method doesn’t work as fluidly as other services like Dropbox. Even though it works a bit slower, it’s nice to have an easy way to get files in Box.net.


17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. johnl  

    Thanks for this. I wonder why Box.net do this offer for Apple products, HP Touchpad and the Blackberry Playbook but not for any form of Android device or Blackberry phones?

  2. sign up for one on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch by downloading the box.net app. (free 50GB a/c)
    I don’t have a iPhone, iPad or iPod (no Apple device) what options have I ?

  3. ndac  

    Great!
    But is there a way to map multiple accounts simultaneously?

  4. John  

    I found you can use multiple accounts but only two.
    http://www.box.net/dav one account
    http://www.box.com/dav the other account.

    I’ve already tried .org which is also owned by Box but it doesn’t work.

    P.S. I also use Create Syncronicity to backup my “My Docs” daily to my box account.

    • Stefan  

      Hi John

      regarding your PS: how do you get Create Syncronicity to access your box account? I’d like to do this as well but cannot figure it out. Thanks a lot…………..Stefan…………….

    • /V  

      Use a service like bit.ly to remap http://www.box.net/dav to a new address

  5. Awesome tip! I was just about to stop using box.net because there was no free sync. I couldn’t see the point of them giving away 50 Gb with no way to sync. This solves that, at least for me.

  6. Jay  

    The exact opposite of a lot of people here apparently, I’m an android with a Mac (dont shun me, it was a freebie) Is there anyway of doing the same with Mac? have been looking for a while, not finding much

  7. Eventhough this is little bit slow, I really love this. Is there anyway we can map a network drive for skydrive and dropbox?

    Thanks
    Kishan

  8. scratch  

    @Jay : Go to Finder, click the Go menu and click Connect to Server. Restart your mac, and it is Ok! 😉

  9. Michele  

    It didn’t work for me, I must be doing something wrong.
    When I do this: “In the Internet or Network Address field type: http://www.box.net/dav.”
    a pop up window says the address is not valid :/

    what can I do to fix it?

  10. Big T  

    Thanks for the fantastic tip!! You rock, Austin!!!

  11. Could I SkyDrive be a Network Drive too…..

  12. Matthew Armytage  

    awesome, thanks!!

  13. beastobadness  

    Simplicity is key, this is a fantastic workaround. Awesome!!!!

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