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Mapping Network Drive on Mac


The following instructions will show how to map a network drive on a Mac OS device.

Process Considerations:

  • If you are not connected to the internal office network you will need to first connect to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) before mapping a network drive: Connecting to the UW Internal Network Remotely Using VPN 
  • In order to access files on a previously mapped network drive when not connected to the internal office network you will need to first connect to the VPN.
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Instructions for Connecting Network Drives

  1. Select "Go" from the Finder menu and in the drop down menu select the "Connect to Server" option (indicated by the red arrow).

    Conect to server

  2. When the "Connect to Server" window appears enter the path for your network drive in the following format: smb://servername/sharename
  3. Click Connect.
  4. A window may pop up asking for your credentials. Enter your network user ID and password and click Connect.
    Note: Depending on what server you are connecting to, you may need to enter the domain name as well. For example, you are using a UWSS computer but connecting to a UWSA shared drive. You will then need to enter your full email address in the username field.
    Example: or

    Enter name and password

  5. You should now see the files from your network drive.

Disconnecting Mapped Network Drive

  1. If you wish to disconnect a mapped drive, in "Finder", choose "File" then "New Finder Window". You can also open the icon on your desktop for the mapped drive.
  2. Select the mapped drive on the left hand menu, then select the "Gear" icon and you will see a drop down menu. Select the option to "Eject" your mapped drive, the mapped network drive will now be removed.

    Eject drive

Additional Resources

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Get Help

  • Click HERE to contact UW Shared Services or HERE for the IT Helpdesk if you have any issues with these instructions.

KeywordsInformation,Technology,Applications,Software,Document,Management,Collaboration   Doc ID102938
OwnerEric B.GroupUW–Shared Services
Created2020-06-10 09:52:35Updated2023-10-31 08:32:20
SitesUW–Shared Services
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