This video will show you how to map a network drive in Windows 10. It includes the following:

  1. File Explorer Sharing
  2. Network & Sharing
  3. Net Use Command

Network drives

A mapped network drive is a simple shortcut to a remote storage drive, located somewhere on your network instead of having to be accessed through each individual computer at one time. Mapping a drive makes it easier to access information that is physically located on another computer. It’s good for storing data when you might not have enough space on your PC, backing up sensitive data, or sharing the data with other users.

The user can easily create a shortcut to another folder or drive shared on the network by mapping the storage device to that location on the network. When the drive is mapped, it shows up as a new drive on This PC – So files and shared folders are quite easily accessible just like it would be using a normal hard drive. Read more on how to map a network drive.


How to map a network drive in Windows 10

  1. Click the start menu located on the bottom left of the taskbar.
  2. Open Windows Settings.
  3. Select the “Network & Internet” settings.
  4. There should be a setting named “Sharing options“, click on that.
  5. Now you can select “Turn on network discovery“.
  6. After you’ve saved all of your changes by clicking “Save changes“, the Network Discovery module should be enabled.
  7. Go to This PC via the File Explorer – In the sub-header select the “Map Network Drive” icon.
  8. A window should pop up asking you which letter you’d like to assign for the drive – anything is choosable.
  9. Click Browse and select the folder which you’d like to share.
  10. Ensure that the Reconnect at Sign-in option has been checked.
  11. Select Finish.


Mapping a network drive in Windows XP

  1. Click Start, then right-click on My Computer and select Map Network Drive.
  2. Choose any letter available from the drive-list and/or type in the IP address of the network device.
  3. Your mapped network drive should be available in My Computer.