How to Map a Network Drive on an Apple Mac

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How to Map a Network Drive on an Apple Mac
You can map network drives from a Mac laptop or desktop computer. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Apple's line of Mac laptops and desktops are capable of connecting to shared folders, even those that are hosted on servers running the Windows operating system. The process of accessing shared folders over a network connection is called mapping a network drive. When you map a network drive on your Mac computer, an icon for the shared folder will appear on your desktop and be accessible through the Finder application.

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Things you need

  • Mac running OS X 10.5 or later

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Finder" icon in the dock at the bottom of the screen.

  2. 2

    Open the "Go" menu at the top of the screen and choose the "Connect to Server" option.

  3. 3

    Enter the address of the network drive that you want to map in the text field at the top of the pop-up window. If you plan to map this network drive on a regular basis, you can click on the plus symbol to add it to your list of favourite servers.

  4. 4

    Press the "Connect" button to initiate a session with the specified server.

  5. 5

    Enter your domain, username and password in the appropriate fields and then click "OK" to log in to the server.

  6. 6

    Double-click on the network drive icon that appears on your desktop to access the shared folder through the Finder application.

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