Network Drive For Mac Os X

Mapping (sometimes called 'mounting') a drive means you assign a drive letter on your computer to the server path. You can then connect to the server without having to remember and type the path every time.

This is useful if you're using a data discovery tool to scan a server volume or folder. Once you have mapped the drive, you can scan it using the procedure to scan an external drive. For more information, see the step-by-step instructions for the scan tool you're using.

Map a network drive to Mac OS which automatically re-mounts after reconnection. Using this method will leave you an openings to reboot your Mac and keep the network drive mapped as well as network reconnections. Your Mac will automatically remounts the drive, so you will be able to find your desktop shortcut whenever you connect to network. A NAS drive that provides shared storage for everyone on your network is ideal for homes that own multiple Macs and mobile devices. Here are the 6 best NAS drives for Mac owners. The Map Network Drive window opens, select Drive letter and type the network name of your Mac in the Folder field. This is network name we found earlier in the Yosemite Sharing window. On your Mac, click the Finder icon in the Dock to open a Finder window, then click Network in the Locations section of the sidebar. If no items appear in the Locations section of the sidebar, hold the pointer over the word Locations, then click Show. In the Finder window, double-click the computer you want to connect to, then click Connect As.

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  1. In the Finder, on the Go menu, click .
  2. In the Connect to Server box, type the path to the server, for example // or //$.
  3. If you want add this server to the Favorite Servers list, click the Plus sign. The next time you want to connect, you can choose it from the list.
  4. Make sure the server name is selected, and then click .
  5. You'll be asked to authenticate.
    • In the Name box, type your user name for the domain. (The domain will be different for different servers. If you're unsure of the domain, contact your local technical support provider.)
    • In the Password box, type your password for the domain.
  6. Click .
  7. The icon for the server will appear on your desktop. Double-click to open it.

If you added this server to your Favorite Servers list in step 3, when you want to connect to the server again, the mapped drive should be available. In the Finder, on the Go menu, click . Then follow steps 4-6.

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It's easy to mount (map) a network share on a Mac but the drive isn't automatically available after you restart the machine. Here's how to make it permanent.

3 Steps total

Step 1: Mount a network drive

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From the Finder, hit Command+K
Enter the path to the network drive you want to map, ie: smb://networkcomputer/networkshare and click ‘Connect’
Enter your login credentials and click “OK”
The drive is now mounted
Continue to Step 2

Step 2: Make it mount automatically

Go to System Preferences
Click on ‘Accounts’ or 'Users and Groups', depending on your version of OS X
Click on “Login Items”
Click on the + button to add another login item
Locate the network drive you previously mounted and click “Add”
Quit System Preferences

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Step 3: Restart the machine

If you've done everything correctly, the network drive will be mounted automatically and Finder will show it.
There isn't a way to prevent Finder from opening the folder automatically.


  • Adapted from Map a Network Drive on a Mac, on OS Daily

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  • Thai Pepper
    dhubbard Nov 27, 2012 at 02:47pm

    Is this per user or a global setting (all users)

  • Poblano
    Jonathon7131 Nov 27, 2012 at 03:11pm

    This method, as described, is for an individual user.

  • Poblano
    harshvardhan5130 Nov 28, 2012 at 02:32pm

    you can also use automator or applescript for mounting volume automatically.

    source code
    mount volume 'afp://192.168.x.x/sharename' as user name 'username' with password 'password'
    on error
    end try

  • Mace
    hsc5775 Dec 14, 2012 at 12:37pm

    thx for share this

  • Ghost Chili
    Nick42 Dec 15, 2012 at 01:54am

    Good stuff!

  • Tabasco
    Jameel9683 Feb 29, 2016 at 08:58am

    Does anyone know how this could be done for all users that login? Not through Login Items, as it is for domain network accounts, who do not have local home directories. For example in Windows you could map ' net use m: servername%username% ' , Is there equivalent for OS X? Login script? Launch Daemon?