How to Map a Drive: Windows XP

Mapping (sometimes called “mounting”) a drive means you assign a drive letter on your computer to the server path. You can then connect to the server without having to remember and type the path every time.

Note: This is useful if you’re using a data discovery tool to scan a server volume or folder. Once you have mapped the drive, you can scan it using the procedure to scan an external drive. For more information, see the step-by-step instructions for the scan tool you’re using.

Map a Drive

  1. On the Start menu, right-click My Computer, and then click Map Network Drive.


  2. In the Folder box, type the path to the server, for example\\\foldername or\\\e$.


  3. Click Connect Using Different User Name.


  4. In the User name box, type your login name for the domain. (The domain will be different for different servers. If you’re unsure of the domain, contact your local technical support provider.)


  5. In the Password box, type your password for the domain, and then click OK.
  6. In the Map Network Drive box, click Finish.


Tip: In the future, when you want to connect to this server, the mapped drive should be available. On the Start menu, click My Network Places. In the next window, click the server.


Note: To map a drive using the command-line, type:
net use x: \\\sharename * /user:domain\netid


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