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Do You Want To Map a Network Drive on a Mac?

Written by Hassan Abbas

Are you wondering to map a network drive on Mac? If you oftenly access a file server from a Mac it’s quite helpful to map the network drive to your desktop. There are two methods to do this. One method is to mapped for one-time use and can reset after a reboot. However, the second method is a more permanent route that enables the mapped network drive to appear and mount on your desktop after PC reboots and user logins. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to do use both, so that if you just temporarily connect to a network share, or always connect to a network drive, you’ll do either in OS X.

These methods work the same in all models of OS X. It includes Mavericks, Yosemite, Mountain Lion, Snow Leopard, you name it. It can also work on all common network share types, though AFP and SMB / Windows are the most common for some Mac users.

Map Network Drive / Server to Mac OS X

Map a Network drive

This technique connects to and maps a network drive or network share that can disappear when suddenly network connection drops, is disconnected, or if you reboot your Mac:

Step 1:

Using the Mac OS X Finder, press Command+K to bring up the ‘Connect to Server’ window

Step 2:

Input the path to the network drive you like to map, ie: smb://networkcomputer/networkshare and tap ‘Connect’

Step 3:

Then input your login/password and tap “OK” to mount the network drive

Step 4:

The drive will now appear on your PC and in the Finder window sidebar.

You can also access the network share just like any other folder at this point. However, as it’s maintained on the same network.

Map Network Drive to Mac OS X That Mounts Again After a PC Reboot

This technique enables you to reboot your Mac or they have the mapped network drive/network share automatically remount or connect. Also, it appears on OS X desktop or in the Finder sidebar. This is more consistent than the method mentioned above and is helpful for network shares you connect frequently:

Step 1:

Head over the Finder, press Command+K

Step 2:

Input the path to the network drive you like to map, ie: smb://networkcomputer/networkshare and tap ‘Connect’

Step 3:

Then input your login credentials and tap “OK”

Step 4:

Now your drive is mounted, but continue on to map for PC reboot persistence

Step 5:

Now input into System Preferences, from the Apple menu

Step 6:

Tap on ‘Accounts’

Step 7:

Tap on “Login Items”

Step 8:

Also, tap on the plus ‘+’ button to add another login item

Step 9:

Add the network drive you earlier mounted and tap “Add”

Step 10:

Exit out of System Preferences

Now your network drive will be mapped and remounted automatically whenever you reboot your Mac. Remember that once you leave the network where the mapped share is located, the drive/share can’t automatically reconnect until that network is joined again. Also, the Mac is rebooted or reconnected manually to the required network share.

Also, the real mounted network share works quite similarly as usual. It is visible via Finder as a folder. You can also head over to the Network window to view the connected shares.

Let’s move a step further and makes the network share quite visible on the OS X Desktop, and learn simple methods to remap a drive using an alias.

Mapped Network Drive Visible on the Mac PCs – How to

It’s possible that the mounted drive can’t appear on the PC because of the system setting. If you wish that the mapped drive icon can be visible on the Desktop, remember to do the following extra steps:

Step 1:

Head over to the Finder. Then open the Finder Preferences by pressing Command+,

Step 2:

Then tap the General tab

Step 3:

Choose the checkbox next to ‘Connected Servers’

Step 4:

Close Finder Preferences

Choosing the checkbox located next to Connected Servers reminds you that you’ll view the icon on your Mac Desktop. Alternatively, it’ll be visible only in the Finder window sidebars and Open/Save dialogues.

Remount a mapped network drive with a click in OS X

The best or additional pro tip for either method is to create an alias of the mapped network drive. This enables you to reconnect to the share with just a tap. Here’s how to do this:

Step 1:

Right-tap on the mapped network drive on the Mac OS desktop

Step 2:

Then choose “Make Alias”

Now you can double-tap that alias to reconnect to the network drive quickly.

If you’re having problems checking a network item, certainly refreshing the Network Finder window can help, or using Network Utility in OS X.

As you may notice that shared network volumes are treated in a different manner by the OS than external drives and disk images. That is why it’s quite a different method than what you use to mount an ISO in Mac OS X.

Also, you can access and mount smb shares through the command line which enables for scripting possibilities.


Here’s all about “Map a Network Drive on Mac”. Using the methods given above you can easily fix your problem. If you face any difficulty then let us know below. Also for further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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