How to Map Network Drive in Mac OS X

How to map network drive in Mac OS X.

1. In the Finder, click on the Go menu, select Connect to Server.

2. Enter the address to where the resource is you wish to map. (i.e. smb://

3. Enter your network password when prompted.

4. A new icon should appear on the desktop. That is your mapped network drive.


  1. pedro says

    My Windows 2008 server seems to be rejecting the request. Does anyone know what do we need to do in order to allow the connection?

  2. Joe says

    I’m useless with this stuff but I set up a static IP and followed the steps but it’s not working… does it matter that I’m trying to connect to an https address? It’s my h drive at work… no idea what I’m doing, any help/suggestions would be appreciated :)

  3. Mark says

    I read your posts, I agree is a slight inconvenience, however I appreciate the fact that my mac is a safer than pc to use no viruses and/or trojans, windows machines have countless vulnerabilities as I’m sure the drive mapping is.

    This drive mapping by the bsd “Linux Core” of Mac OS X is not really something I’d complain about myself.

    Problem is quickly solved mapping the drives in nfs then it’s just a matter of opening a folder if you are connected to network it has data in it if not it’s blank.

    And Yes I realize this is an old topic but people are switching to mac os more now in my opinion, and is still a topic that comes up.

  4. Fred says

    With DHCP and on boot, my Imac tried to connect the network drives before an IP address had been assigned resulting in an error. Using a fixed manual IP address solved the problem.

  5. Peter Da Costa says

    I have this mapping at work on my Windows server 2008 for XP and Windows 7 machine.

    Option Explicit
    Dim objNetwork, strRemotePath1, strRemotePath2
    Dim strDriveLetter1, strDriveLetter2

    strDriveLetter1 = “P:”
    strDriveLetter2 = “M:”
    strRemotePath1 = “\\fhs-girls\18year5″
    strRemotePath2 = “\\fhs-girls\Mavis”

    Set objNetwork = CreateObject(“WScript.Network”)

    ‘ Section which maps two drives, M: and P:
    objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive strDriveLetter1, strRemotePath1
    objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive strDriveLetter2, strRemotePath2

    We just got few iMacs now. What is the equivalent of this on a Mac.

  6. Jens says


    I have this mapping at work on my Win XP machine.

    net use H: \\server\home\%username% /persistent:no
    net use I: \\server\info$ /persistent:no
    net use O: \\server\dept$ /persistent:no

    What will it look like on a OS X

  7. Alex says

    I believe you could use Automator (Comes with OSX) to manage the whole thing, handy if you have multiple servers to connect to and just want one click to do it.

    Also the Connect to Server pane/window has the ability to just add servers to a list of saved (mapped) connection points (+ button) . So within two clicks you’re connected.

  8. Alex says

    I think you’re missing some things about the substantial nature of 10.x updates. They are equivalent or greater than the differences between XP, Vista, and 7. The difference is OSX isn’t constantly changing it interface to con people into thinking it’s different. NT, XP, and Vista are all pretty much the same thing, only with face lifts, and fools pay top dollar for “upgrading.” 7 being the first one that actually got significant systematic and interface differences MANY of which mimic OSX, and Linux.

    I haven’t had ANY issues integrating OSX into Windows server networks. Overall it’s really a question of the incompatibilities of Windows, and the competence of the IT team. Considering Linux(and friends), and OSX all play nice together, it’s really Windows that has the problem. MS is extremely proprietary in how they implement technologies and protocols, intentionally making interoperability an issue. The more STANDARD protocols they use the better things will be for everybody. Not only that you are beholden to MS for security updates, and if they don’t issue them you’re boned. Where as any competent programer can patch Linux for what they need, and allot of OSX is easily patched without waiting for Apple to update too, considering the open source nature of many of it’s components.

    As for your external drive, check with Promise for updates, drivers, etc. OSX is actually really easy to use once you get out of the mind set of having to operate the OPERATING SYSTEM that MS gets you into. It’s a big relief letting the OS actually operate the system for me in OSX.

  9. BSquared says

    Awesome! Thanks Kevin for your straightforward instructions. HP Media Vault now connected – now on to merge my iTunes libraries (ie. will be coming back for more advice no doubt!).

  10. jimbobmcgee says

    I need something slightly different, but ultimately the same.

    I need a determinable, fixed mount point in which to mount per-user shares, that connect with the credentials of the currently logged-in user.

    I’ve tried putting the following in a shell script and running via /Library/Preferences/loginwindow.plist:

    mkdir -p ~/Mounts/server/share
    mount_smbfs //server/share ~/Mounts/server/share

    This claims to be successful but in ~/Mounts/server I just see an alias with a stop sign and, when I click on it, it says ‘The folder ‘share’ can’t be opened because you don’t have permissions to see its contents.

    Any ideas?
    I do, I’ve checked.

  11. Douglas Bratten says

    I have a windows business network and one applemac for CAD drawings etc.
    I had mounted/mapped a drive on the Mac to allow the Mac user to transfer files onto my server.
    Didn’t mind having to reconnect all the time, it worked!
    Trouble is that the “mapped drive” ran out of space at the 16gb level.
    Next time I rebooted I did not connect to the original shared drive but created a new “Map” to a subfolder.
    Whilst the connection works, this new “mappred drive” is full already!
    Any ideas?
    Does the Mac have a cache memory of files accessed/copied/whatever on the main server and if so how could I clear this?

  12. Brain says

    I work on a mac everyday in the office but prefer the comfort and ease of working with a pc due to this the incompetence of a mac working with any type of PC network. Doesn’t Apple understand that in the real world, we all work on networks? Macs are great for at home use in a little tiny environment where all pieces of equipment have that cute little overpriced apple logo. Seems that every time I’ve got a problem with my mac, Apple wants me to buy something else to make it work. For crying out loud they even have switched their electrical plugs for the cpu units so you can’t use old pieces with new machines. They want to charge you for os upgrades even if it is within the same os version. Windows always releases new updates for it’s software for free. Why would I have to pay to upgrade my operating system from 10.4.11 to 10.5? I could understand 10.4.11 to 11, 12 and so on.

    My problem with the Promise Smart Store drive is that when I choose command K, enter my ip address of my drive system, it results in the forever spinning beach ball. The only way to quite is command option esc (mac’s option for cntl alt del)

    On the other hand, I have been able to always connect with the Intel G5 same 10.4.11 Tiger OS X. Snow Leopard seems to work in the same environment on the non Intel machines.

    UGH! If anyone knows of a better option that doesn’t require filling the pockets of Steve Jobs any more, I’d love to hear it. I’ve heard something about “DAVE” networking and wondered if that would solve my problems with this SmartStore Drive?

  13. Astroboy says

    Could you create or find an applescript then add the script to logon items?

  14. Dimitris says

    i was using win xp and from my mac i have access to share drives from xp automaticaly when i join in my wireless..
    when i install windows 7 in finder at Shared, my shared drives from win 7 don’t appear automatically.. i should go to connect to server and then they are appearing..
    why does it happend? i don’t want to place my drives in login item because 5 windows appear every time i login in my macbook..
    any suggestion?

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