Software & Apps Windows How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 7 and 8 Easily access frequently used folders and drives By Luis E. Chavez Saenz Writer Luis Chavez is a former Lifewire writer and a System Administrator with 5+ years' experience writing about technology for end users. our editorial process Luis E. Chavez Saenz Updated January 22, 2020 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email As of January 2020, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. What Is a Mapped Drive? A mapped drive enables users to take advantage of the storage on other devices in the network. Mapped drives are very common in the corporate environment, but they can also be set up in your home if you have multiple devices that need to access the same information. Instead of downloading or copying the same data to all your devices, you'd save this data in a single folder, then share this folder and make it accessible by other devices. Once you've shared the location of this data via a UNC path, you can then map the network drive to all your devices with a few simple steps. This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to map a network drive on Windows 7 and these steps also apply to Windows 8. How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 7 and Windows 8 Launch File Explorer. Select Computer from the left navigation bar. Select Map network drive. Select the drive letter for the network drive you would like to map, enter the UNC path in the Folder text field, then select Finish. The UNC path is the location of the shared folders you want to connect to. For example: "\\testserver\share\test" tells the computer that's the shared folder you want to connect to on the network drive you specified in the Drive letter drop down. If you are prompted for credentials, enter the credentials for an account that has the required permissions to access the file or folder. Accounts that do not have these permissions will fail to create a connection to the network drive.