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Network Drive Mapping

Using a mapped network drive allows SCU faculty and staff to store and share files among multiple computers and multiple users. There are separate network drives for personal (not shared) and departmental files.

Important notes:

  • For access to departmental (shared) drives, permission must first be granted by the department.
  • From off campus, engage the VPN to access your mapped network drives.
  • Ensure that the credential you use to map your network drive is SCU\userID, for example: SCU\bbronco

For shared drives:

Shared drives are typically mapped as "the L: drive" on Windows computers.

On a Windows PC, the drive mapping for shared drives looks like this:

On a Mac, the drive mapping for shared drives looks like this:

For personal home drives:

Personal home drives are typically mapped as "the J: drive" on Windows computers.

On a Windows PC, the drive mapping for a personal home drive looks like this:
\\\SHARE(share number)\USERS\(your userID)

On a Mac, the drive mappping for a personal home drive looks like this:
SMB://lc-fs1/share(share number)/USERS/(Your UserID)

If you would like assistance mapping shared drives or personal home drives, please contact the Technology Help Desk.

To see your specific drive mappings, please login below.

Microsoft Windows 10 comes with a MAP NETWORK DRIVE wizard.

First, launch the Windows 10 Windows Explorer by either clicking on a file folder in the Windows Task Bar, or clicking on Windows Explorer in the Windows program menu under Windows Accessories, then click on the This PC icon in the Explorer window.  This will show any existing network drives.

If you don't see the menu ribbon along the top, click on Computer menu heading.  You can see a Map Network Drive button along the top.

AD - Windows 10 Explorer1

Click on the Map Network Drive button and then on the menu that drops down, click on Map Network Drive to start the network drive mapping wizard.

The network drive mapping wizard window looks very much like the Windows 7 network drive mapping wizard window.


Enter the server name \\\ followed by the right share volume number \ Group \ and then the rest of the path to the shared folder like this example:

Example: \\\SHARE05\GROUP\myDept\Shared



To map a network a drive using SMB on a Mac computer:

  1. In Finder, click on "Go", then "Connect to Server" (or ⌘+K)
  2. Enter the server and folder path  (for example: smb://
  3. If prompted, enter your username and password



Please note that when typing the network path it is necessary to use the forward slashes "/", not the back slashes "\".

After successfully connecting to the shared folder, Finder will open a new window which will show the contents of the shared folder.  At the top of the Window you will see a computer icon and the path to the shared folder.  To save the connection click on the Computer Icon and drag it over to the Favorites section on the left side of the Finder Window.  That will enable you to quickly open the shared folder just by clicking on the link in the list of Favorites on the left side of the Finder Window.



Use the following command to map a drive in Windows 10 in a Command or CMD windows at the blinking prompt.

Type NET USE and then the drive letter you want to use followed by the full path to the shared folder including the server name, the volume name and the directories or folders in the path including the actual shared folder at the end of the path.

The /PERSISTENT:YES makes Windows remember it just like checking the Reconnect at Logon option in the network drive mapping wizard.


net use O: \\\SHARE01\GROUP\myDept\Shared /PERSISTENT:YES



To remove or disconnect a network drive at the command prompt type:

net use O: /delete

To display what drives are currently mapped just type:

net use



And when finished, type exit to close the Windows Command window.