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This procedure guides the user through connecting to network shares while using a Mac computer.

Map network drives one time

This method connects to and maps a network drive or network share that will disappear if the network connection drops, is disconnected, or if you reboot your Mac.

  1. From the Mac OS X Finder, hit Command+K to bring up the Connect to Server window.
  2. Enter the path to the network drive you want to map, ie: smb://networkcomputer/networkshare and click Connect.
  3. Enter your login/password and click OK to mount the network drive
  4. The drive will now appear on your desktop and in the Finder window sidebar

Map network drives persistently

This method allows you to reboot your Mac and have the mapped network drive / network share automatically connect and remount, appearing on the desktop of OS X or in the Finder sidebar. This is more persistent than the above method and is helpful for network shares you connect to frequently.

  1. From the Finder, hit Command+K
  2. Enter the path to the network drive you want to map, ie: smb://networkcomputer/networkshare and click Connect
  3. Enter your login credentials and click OK
  4. Click Apple menu > System Preferences
  5. Click on Users & Groups
  6. Click on Login Items
  7. Click the lock icon in the bottom left to make changes
  8. Click on the + button to add another login item
  9. Locate the network drive you previously mounted and click Add
  10. Exit out of System Preferences

Show mapped network drives on Mac desktop

It’s possible that the mounted drive will not appear on the desktop due to a system setting. If you want the mapped drive icon to be visible on the Desktop, be sure to do the following additional steps.

  1. From the Finder, open Finder Preferences by hitting Command+,
  2. Click the General tab
  3. Select the checkbox next to ‘Connected Servers’
  4. Close Finder Preferences




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