If you have access to multiple computers on a network, big or small, connecting to these resources can be critical to your productivity. For instance, in a large enterprise environment, users are often required and recommended to save data to a Mapped Network drive so co-workers can access the files. A network drive is usually a shared folder or computer that is available on a network that makes it easy to access using File Explorer, just like a regular hard disk.
This is done so everyone has consistent access to resources no matter the device or location. Admins can also regulate who has access to directories in a network share to keep data safe. Even if you are not in a complex network environment (your home network), you can also use Mapped Network drives to store, access, and retrieve data on another computer, home server, or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device.
Map a Network Drive in Windows 10
Launch File Explorer on the Taskbar or Start menu, and select This PC (formerly My Computer) in the Navigation Pane.
Next select Map Network Drive under Computer tab on the Ribbon.
This will launch the Map Network Drive wizard. Here you will see a list of options, which includes assigning an available drive letter (I go with the default.) You can then type the path to the Network Share, or you can browse to it.
Make sure to check the box Reconnect at sign-in, so it will always be accessible when you sign in; then click Finish.
The Mapped Network Drive will then appear in This PC as a Network Location. If the drive is not available, you will see an X emblem on the icon. Anytime you want to remove it, just right-click the icon and click Disconnect.
If you’re running an older version of Windows, check out our article on mapping Network Drive using the command line.