Mapping a network drive means connecting to a shared network folder, such as a server or another computer, and accessing it like a part of your computer. This allows you to access files on the remote computer without being physically present at that location. There are also some other benefits to mapping a network drive, such as:
- Faster access to files because you are not copying them from the remote computer to your computer.
- The files are always backed up on the remote computer, so you don’t have to worry about losing them.
- You can access the files from any computer on the network, as long as you have the necessary permissions.
This guide shows you how to map a network drive on Windows 11.
Step 1: Turn On Network Discovery
Before starting, you need to ensure that network discovery is turned on. This will allow your computer to see other computers and devices on the network.
- Open the Control Panel.
- Under Network and Intenet, click View network status and tasks.
- In the left panel, click Change advanced sharing settings.
- Under the Network discovery section, select the Turn on network discovery radio button.
- Click Save changes.
Step 2: Map the Network Drive
After network discovery is turned on, we can map the network drive.
- Click the Windows key + E to open File Explorer.
- Click This PC in the left panel.
- At the top, click the three dots button to open the drop-down menu and select Map network drive.
- In the Drive drop-down menu, select the drive letter you want to use for the network drive.
- In the Folder field, type in the path of the shared folder you want to map. You can also click the Browse button to create one.
- If you want to connect to the network drive each time you sign in, select the Reconnect at sign-in checkbox.
- Click Finish. You should now see the network drive in the This PC section of File Explorer.
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