What is drive mapping?
A drive mapping is how operation systems associate a drive letter (A through Z) with a shared storage area to another computer over a network. A network drive is a file folder located on a remote computer that has been configured for sharing over a LAN. When a drive has been mapped, a software application on a client's computer can read and write files from the shared storage area by accessing that drive, just as id that drive represented a local physical hard disk drive.
How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 7?
Windows 7 supports for mapping a network drive and the procedure of creating a mapped drive is pretty simple. Below are the explanations.
Step 1: Open Windows Explorer or My Computer from the Windows Start Menu. Click "Map network drive" in the Tools menu.
Step 2: A new "Map Network Drive" window opens. In this window, choose an available drive letter from the dropdown list.
Step 3: Input the name of the folder that is to be mapped. Also, you can click the "Browse" button to find the target folder. If the target device is encrypted, you are expected to provide its correct username and password.
Step 4: Tick "Reconnect at logon" if you want this network drive be mapped permanently. Otherwise, this drive won't be mapped once the user logs out of this computer. Then click "Finish".
Step 5: When you access the Computer again, you will see that a new drive with the letter you assigned is listed there and you can access it at anytime.
If you fail to map a network drive, make sure that the folder name is spelled correctly; that the folder was already set up for sharing on the remote computer; that you input the correct username and password, and that the network connections are properly. Then give a second try.
To disconnect a mapped network drive, you can simply right click the mapped network drive or Network and click the Disconnect (Network Drive) menu option.
How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 8?
Windows 8 has made great changes in its appearance. However, the basic operations are still similar to that of Windows 7. In Windows 8, you can find Map Network Drive by click the "File Explorer" icon from your taskbar and then right click the "Network" from the left navigation bars. Then just click "Map network drive" to start the map. The concrete steps are the same of that in Windows 7.
Make use of the mapped network drive
So what is the role of mapping network drive? For file sharing? Yes, indeed. This is the main function of mapping network drive. However, there is still another practical effect, that is to backup your data. Regarding to backup, AOMEI Backupper plays an important role. Below is a screenshot of Backup options:
With AOMEI Backupper, you can simply backup your data into the mapped network drive by selecting it as the target location. Thus you will have your data backed up into another computer or backup to NAS, avoiding data loss even if you computer can not boot.
It can be observed from the above explanations that map network drives in Windows 7 and Windows 8 are both very easy. By mapping network drive you can share the files of other computers in the same LAN, avoiding unnecessary hassles. This is a recommended method for file sharing if you have several computers as well as in a small enterprise. What's more, the mapped network drive can be regarded as a local hard drive and you can backup your data into it. Have a try and enjoy the benefit now.