Mapping a Drive

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When you are on campus (or off campus connected via virtual private network) you can map a drive to a university hosted resource, and your computer treats it like any other drive. This means that you can save, delete, copy and move files between your computer and university hosted resources, such as Comp, Cavern, MyDocs, the Microsoft IIS server or Gizmo account file space.

To map a drive, enter the path to the server or network share. Some common paths to resources on the university network are listed below. Follow these instructions for connecting with Windows and Mac.

Common Network Locations

Windows

It may be necessary to click Different User Name and log in using your UARK email address, for example, username@uark.edu.

  • Comp: \\comp.uark.edu\yourUARKusername
    Log in with your UARK username and password.
  • Cavern: \\cavern.uark.edu\yourCavernusername 
    Log in with your Cavern account username and full Cavern password.
  • MyDocs: \\mydocs.uark.edu\mydocs\yourUARKusername\Documents
    Log in with your UARK username and password.
  • Microsoft IIS server: \\new-www3.uark.edu\foldername$
    You must include $ after your folder name. Log in with your UARK username and password.
  • Gizmo: \\gizmo.uark.edu\volumename
    "Volumename" is your assigned volume title. Log in with your UARK username and password.

Mac

Mac users with older versions of OS X might be unable to map a drive using these instructions.

  • Comp: smb://comp.uark.edu/yourUARKusername
    Log in with your UARK username and password.
  • Cavern: smb://cavern.uark.edu/yourCavernusername 
    Log in with your Cavern account username and full Cavern password.
  • MyDocs: smb://Mydocs.uark.edu/mydocs/yourUARKusername/documents
    Log in with your UARK username and password.
  • Microsoft IIS server: smb://new-www3.uark.edu/foldername$
    You must include $ after your foldername. Log in with your UARK username and password.
  • Gizmo: smb://gizmo.uark.edu/volumename
    "Volumename" is your assigned volume title. Log in with your UARK username and password.

Map a Drive in Windows

  1. Open the Start menu and enter "Computer" in the search box. In Windows 10, open File Explorer.
  2. Click This PC on the left and open the Computer tab. Click the "Map Network Drive" icon at the top.
  3. Select a preferred drive letter from the Drive drop-down menu.
  4. Enter the path to the network share in the Folder field (see Common Network Locations section for examples).
  5. (Optional) Select the "Reconnect at sign-in" option if you want the drive mapped every time the computer is restarted.
  6. Click Finish.

Connect to a Server in macOS (OS X)

Mac users with older versions of OS X might be unable to map a drive using these instructions.

  1. From the top menu bar, select Go and Connect to Server.
  2. In the resulting Connect to Server window, enter a network location in the Address field (see Common Network Locations section for examples).
  3. Click Add to Favorites (+) to add it to your list of Favorites in the drop-down menu. Click Connect.
  4. Enter the account username and password. Click Connect.
  5. Access the drive via the Finder under Shared. Double-click the volume icon to access your files and use drag-and-drop capabilities for file transfers.
  6. To show the drive as a shortcut on your desktop, go to Finder and click Preferences. On the General tab, check the box next to Connected servers.
  7. To log out from the server, click the Eject symbol or drag the mounted volume desktop icon into the Trash.

Watch this video for more information on mapping a drive to a Mac OS X server

Updated 09/29/2015


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