How to Map Network Drive on Mac Permanently

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Mapping a network drive on your Mac can greatly improve your workflow, allowing you to access files and folders on remote servers as if they were local. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of mapping a network drive on your Mac permanently.

Step 1: Open Finder
To begin, open Finder by clicking on the blue face icon located in your Dock or by selecting it from the Applications folder. Finder is the default file manager for macOS and will be our main tool for mapping the network drive.

Step 2: Connect to Server
Once Finder is open, click on “Go” in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Connect to Server” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + K.

Step 3: Enter Server Address
In the “Server Address” field, enter the address of your network drive. This could be an IP address (e.g., smb:// or a domain name (e., smb://myserver.local). Make sure to prefix the address with “smb://” indicating that it’s a Samba/CIFS protocol used for sharing files between systems.

Step 4: Add Network Drive to Login Items (optional)

If you want your network drive to be automatically mounted every time you log in to your Mac, follow these additional steps:

  • In Finder, go to “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  • Select “Users & Groups.”
  • Click on your username in the left sidebar.
  • Navigate to the “Login Items” tab.
  • Click on the “+” button below.
  • In the file selection window, locate and select the network drive you just mapped.
  • Click “Add” to add it to your login items.

Step 5: Connect
After entering the server address, click on the “Connect” button. Finder will attempt to establish a connection to the network drive.

You may be prompted to enter your username and password for authentication. If you want your credentials to be saved, make sure to check the “Remember this password in my keychain” option.

Step 6: Mount Network Drive

Once connected, you will see a list of available shares on the network drive. Select the share(s) you want to mount and click on the “OK” button. The selected share(s) will now be mounted as network drives on your Mac.

Step 7: Access Network Drive

To access your newly mapped network drive(s), go back to Finder and look for them in the sidebar under “Shared.” You can also access them by clicking on “Go” in the menu bar, selecting “Network,” and double-clicking on the desired network drive.

Congratulations! You have successfully mapped a network drive on your Mac permanently. This will save you time and effort by making remote files easily accessible as if they were stored locally.

Remember that if you no longer need a mapped network drive, you can disconnect it by right-clicking on it in Finder and selecting “Eject” or by dragging it to the trash bin.

Happy mapping!

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