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How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 7

Updated on September 10, 2013

This article will give you step by step instructions to make a network drive appear as if a local drive in Windows 7. The process is called 'Mapping a network drive'. By mapping a drive, you can work on it as if the drive is fitted on your computer.

Do the following steps to make a hard drive work as a local drive in Windows 7.



1. Click 'Start' and then select 'Computer'.



2. The Computer window will appear. Click 'Map Network Drive' on top of the window.



3. Select a letter from the 'Drive' drop down menu. That letter will be the drive letter of the mapped drive.



4. Now you should type the network path name in the 'Folder' text box. The network path name looks like '\\server\share'. Here 'Server' is the network computer's name and 'Share' is the name of the folder you want to map.

(To know the name of the XP based network computer, Right click 'My Computer > Click Properties > Select 'Computer name' tab. You can find the name on the right side of 'Full computer name'.)

(To know the name of the Windows 7 based network computer, Right click 'Computer > Click Properties. You can find the full name in the window opened).



5. Click 'Finish' to close the window. Now, you can see the drive in the 'My Computer' window and work on it as if a local drive.


Now, you can see the drive in the 'My Computer' window and work on it as if a local drive.

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