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Summary. This page offers an alternative to the instruction provided by the University of Iowa ITS for mapping drive letters manually.

Overview. Computer users at the University of Iowa typically work with files stored in two shared network storage areas. The process for manually accessing these is called “mapping” the drives. This means that drive letters (such as H and L) will be assigned to network storage areas. Drive H is assigned to personal files (a home directory) and Drive L is assigned to files you share among members of your office, division, department, or program.

Instructions. Below are the Windows instructions for mapping drive letters to access network storage.

  1. Right click on my computer and choose Map network drive.
  2. Select H from the drop-down list as a drive letter.
  3. For the server information, use \\home.iowa.uiowa.edu\hawkid (replace hawkid with your own HawkID).
  4. Click the different user name link and provide iowa\hawkid then password. Click Finish. A window should open up showing you the contents of your H drive. Close the window.
  5. Again, Right click on my computer and choose Map network drive.
  6. Select L from the drop-down list as a drive letter.
  7. For the server information, use:
    \\shared.iowa.uiowa.edu\CLAS_Departmental\department
    (Replace department with your own department name).
  8. Click the different user name link and provide iowa\hawkid then password. Click Finish. A window should open up showing you the contents of your H drive. Close the window.

The drive(s) should be mapped automatically the next you start the computer, although you may need to authenticate again by entering your HawkID and password.

Benefits to Drive Mapping. Using drive mapping makes it easy to find the location by going to My Computer. Some programs require an actual drive letter to be assigned for network folders rather than a network location. So, mapping a drive helps for this reason.

Apple Settings. Apple users can select Connect to server from the Go menu while in Finder, then provide \\shared.iowa.uiowa.edu\CLAS_Departmental\departmentname (Replace department with your own department name).

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Document History. This document was first created on 20080407at1120. It was revised on 20110311fr1024 to be more concise and correct for changes in drive mapping syntax. The instructions provided by UIowa ITS for mapping the L drive indicate the server settings are \\iowa.uiowa.edu\shared\deptname. However, this didn’t seem to work in at least one instance, so the above working instructions are provided to ensure ease of use.

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