How to keep a mapped drive even when you're logged off

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How to keep a mapped drive even when you're logged off
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If you frequently access a shared drive on another system on the network, consider mapping a drive so that it will be available both after logging off and also when rebooting your computer. This is referred to as creating a persistent mapped drive.

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Things you need

  • Remote system name
  • Shared drive name
  • Permissions to remote system

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  1. 1

    Ensure you are connected to a network shared by the remote system to which you wish to map a drive.

  2. 2

    Ensure you are logged on to your computer with a user name that has access to the remote system.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Start" button or Windows logo, then click "Programs." If "Programs" is not available from this menu, click "All Programs."

  4. 4

    Select "Accessories."

  5. 5

    Select "Command Prompt."

  6. 6


    "NET USE driveletter: \remotecomputername\sharename /PERSISTENT:YES"

    Substitute as necessary. If you wish to map drive letter X: to the SHAREDDOCS share located on the remote computer named SERVER 1, then you would type:


  7. 7

    Press the "Enter" key.

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