How to Map Network Drive on Mac – Step by Step Guide

How to Map Network Drive on Mac

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If you are using a file server frequently from your Mac computer then mapping the network drives to your desktop can be very helpful. There are a few ways available to map the network drive on the Mac computer. One of the methods is temporary where you map one time and it will reset after a reboot. Another method is permanent where the mapped network drive appears and mounts on the desktop after system reboots and user logins which are very convenient. Read this article; in this article, our experts have elaborated on how you can set up both methods so that you can temporarily connect to a network share, or always connect to a network drive.

Method 1 – Temporarily Map Network Drive on Mac

In this method; you will be able to map a network drive or network share temporarily and it will disappear when a network connection drops, or disconnected or the computer is rebooted. So follow the steps accordingly:

  • First, go to the Mac OS X Finder
  • Now click the “Command+K” together to bring up the ‘Connect to Server’ window
  • Then enter the path to the network drive you want to map, for example:
    • smb://networkcomputer/networkshare
  • Now click on the Connect button
  • You have to enter the login/password and click “OK” to mount the network drive
  • You will see the drive appear on your desktop and in the Finder window sidebar
  • Now you will be able to share network like any other folder as long as you maintain the same network

Method 2 – Permanently Map Network Drive on Mac

This method is preferred by most of the Mac users because it is permanent, so you can reboot your Mac computer and still have the mapped network drive, / network share automatically connect and remount on your Mac Desktop or in the Finder sidebar.Now follow the instructions carefully:

  • First, go to the Mac OS X Finder
  • Now click the “Command+K” together to bring up the ‘Connect to Server’ window
  • Then enter the path to the network drive you want to map, for example:
    • smb://networkcomputer/networkshare
  • Now click on the Connect button
  • You have to enter the login/password and click “OK” to mount the network drive
  • You will see the drive appear on your desktop and in the Finder window sidebar
  • Now you have to continue to map for system reboot persistence
  • So from the Apple Menu enter into System Preferences
  • Then click on the Accounts option
  • Then click on the “Login Items” option
  • Click on the + button to add another login item
  • Now locate the network drive you previously mounted and click “Add”
  • Finally, exist from the System Preferences

From now on, the network drive will automatically map and remounted when you reboot the Mac computer. But you have to remember, if you leave the network then you have to re-join the network again to reconnect the process.

How to Make the Mapped Network Drive Visible on the Mac Desktop

It is true that the mounted drive will not appear on the Mac desktop because of the System setting. But there are ways you can visible the mapped drive icon on your Desktop. So follow these simple steps:

  • First, go to the Mac OS X Finder
  • Now click the “Command+” together to bring up theFinder Preferences
  • Then click on the General tab
  • Now from the available option select the checkbox next to ‘Connected Servers’
  • Finally, close the Finder Preferences

Now you will be able to see the icon on your Mac Desktop. Though it always remains to appear in the Finder window sidebars and Open/Save dialogues.

How to Identify Duplicate Files on Mac Drives

It is very important to identify and remove duplicate files from your Mac drivers. Gemini is a great tool for digging out any duplicate content or files on your Mac drives, so you can delete everything that is you no longer need while hanging onto backup documents, photos, etc. So follow these simple steps:

  • ·         First, download and install the Gemini app on your Mac
  • Launch the App on your computer and click on the “+” icon
  • Now choose from the recommended locations or select a custom folder
  • Now click on the “Scan for the Duplicates” to scan the folder
  • Once the scan is completed delete the duplicated files manually or use the Smart Cleanup to automatically delete the duplicate files

Final Thoughts

Shared networks are treated differently by the Mac OS then the external drives and disk images so it requires different methods to Map network drive on Mac computer. I hope you find the article informative and map the network drive on Mac easily. Let us know if you want to know anything about this topic in the comment section. Our experts will help you out!

Thomas C. Bell

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