How to connect a network drive?

Very often, at work or at home, several computers are connected to a shared LAN. Sometimes it is necessary to transfer files from one computer to another. Then a customized network drive will come in handy, thanks to which you can share files.

The network drive differs from the local one only in the speed of reading information. But not every user knows how to connect a network drive for their network. About this below.

How to connect a network drive in Windows XP

Connecting a network drive in Windows XP is as follows:

  1. Go to My Computer, click on the tab "Service". There will be an item "Connect a network drive."
  2. In the window that opens, click "Browse" and select the computer where the network share folder will be located. You can also change the letter of the new disk if it is busy or you want to make another one.

How to connect a network drive in Windows 7

In Windows 7, connecting a network drive will be a bit more complicated. This is due to the need to check the network connections before starting the configuration.

For this you need:

  1. Go to the control panel in the section "Network and Sharing Center". You can also click on the network icon near the clock on the taskbar and select the same item.
  2. In the section, see which network works. There is no particular difference, but you need to click on �Change advanced sharing options� and enable network discovery in a new window. After that, your computer or laptop will be able to detect the network.
  3. Now you can start creating a network drive. This is done in the same way as Windows XP. In �My Computer� you will see �Map Network Drive� on the panel above; need to perform similar actions, as in the case of Windows XP. In Windows 7, the item about the network drive is placed separately on the panel, which slightly simplifies the process.

How to connect a network drive in Windows 8

The instructions for connecting a network drive in Windows 8 do not differ much from the previous one - for Windows 7. We also go to the "Control Panel" in the network section, connect the "network discovery" in the settings of your network. After that, in the "My Computer" click on the tab "Computer" and the item "Connect a network drive." We pass, as before, several menu items, and the network drive is ready for operation.

Connecting a network drive using a script

You can do all these actions in a different way. More advanced users can use a special script that is suitable for all versions of Windows.

It looks like this:

  • [device_name | *] [\ computer_name \ share_name [\ volume] [password | *]]
  • [/ USER: [domain_name \] user_name]
  • [/ USER: [domain_point_point_point \] username]
  • [/ USER: [username @ domain_name_point_point]
  • [/ SAVECRED]
  • NET USE {device_name | *} [password | *] / HOME

This command can both turn on a network drive or disconnect it. Without parameters, the script will show the list of computer connections. The script is also suitable for connecting the printer.

Now consider the script device in more detail:

  • In the item �device_name�, you must specify either the letter of the new disk or the printer designation. If you leave the field blank with �*�, the next unlisted value will be set.
  • �Computer_name� - here you must specify the name of the computer that controls the network drive.
  • In the "ResourceName" item, the name of the shared network drive is specified.
  • "Tom" sets the NetWare volume on the server. To do this, you must first have access to the servers.
  • "Password" and "username" are needed to restrict access to the network drive.
  • / USER - enter the name of the user through whose computer the connection is established.
  • domain_name to specify the domain of the resource.
  • / SMARTCARD - the parameter is needed if the connection uses data from smart cards.
  • / SAVECRED - saves the password and user. Skip if there is no entry restriction.
  • / HOME - gives access to the shared file directory
  • / DELETE - necessary if you need to remove the connection and delete it.
  • NO - the next connection attempt will not have access, since the parameters will not be saved.
  • YES - saving parameters for the next connection.

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