Connect to a Network Drive (Mac)


I need to connect to a drive or server on the CofC network.






Note that connections to College network drives can only be done when on the campus network (either on campus through Eduroan or Ethernet, or off campus through Pulse Secure VPN).

  1. Log onto your Mac and be sure it is connected to the College network (EduRoam, hardwired Ethernet connection, Secure Pulse VPN).
  2. From the Mac OS X Finder, hit Command+K to bring up the Connect to Server window (or click on the option that says Go from the top Finder toolbar. From the drop down options you get, choose Connect to Server).
  3. Enter the path to the network drive you want to map, ie: smb://networkcomputer/networkshare and click Connect
    1. The address should look similar to this: SMB://servername/foldername/foldername
    2. Be sure to type in SMB:// before the full file path. You may also need to try CIFS:// or AFP:// instead.
    3. Common server names are Drayton, Pitt, Dixie, Horizon, etc.
    4. If you do not know the full file path, you may want to check with whomever requested your access or with your department.
    5. If you are working from a wireless or VPN connection, enter behind the server. For example, to connect to the server drayton, type smb://
  4. Enter your login/password and click OK to mount the network drive. 
  5. The drive will now appear on your desktop and in the Finder window sidebar. 

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

Connected Mac network share

  • If you are seeing a message that you do not have access to this drive, you may want to confirm that you have been given the proper permissions to access this drive.If access is needed, please have a supervisor or the data owner submit a request to Service Desk to grant access.
  • Some data owners set permissions at a specific folder level (an example would be that you only have access to one folder in a larger departmental folder). Be sure you are mapping the drive to the folder you have access to when putting in the file path.


Map a network drive to Mac OS X that re-mounts after system reboot

This method allows you to reboot your Mac and have the mapped network drive / network share automatically connect and remount, appearing on the desktop of OS X or in the Finder sidebar. This is more persistent than the above method and is helpful for network shares you connect to frequently:

  1. From the Finder, hit Command+K
  2. Enter the path to the network drive you want to map, ie: smb://networkcomputer/networkshare and click ‘Connect’
  3. Enter your login credentials and click “OK”
  4. The drive is now mounted, but continue on to map for system reboot persistence
  5. Now enter into System Preferences, from the Apple menu
  6. Click on ‘Accounts’ (called 'Users and Groups' in macOS Catalina)
  7. Click on “Login Items”
  8. Click on the + button to add another login item
  9. Locate the network drive you previously mounted and click “Add”
  10. Exit out of System Preferences


Do you still need help? Create a support ticket, and someone will contact you. File Assistance, or File Access Request





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Wed 3/4/20 1:35 PM
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