Network Drives

Available To: Faculty, Staff, Students

 

Learn about Network Drives within the NAU Environment

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What is a Network Drive?
A network drive is a storage device located on a network server or attached storage device. Within a business like NAU, it makes it easier to share and collaborate files in one single location for multiple people. It also allows files to be stored on a network location without using any local computer resources.  
Common NAU Network Drives

Some of the most common Network Drives at NAU are: Dana (Z:), which serves as the Home Drive for NAU Students, Bonsai (H:), which serves as the Home Drive for NAU Faculty and Staff, and NAUShares, which serves as a department or organizational shared drive. To learn more about any of these Network Drives, select from any of the articles below: 

Learn more about the Dana Home Drive for Students.

Learn more about the Bonsai Home Drive for Faculty and Staff.

Learn more about NAUShares for Departments and Organizations

Mapping a Network Drive

What does mapping a network drive mean?
Mapping a network drive means connecting and giving yourself access to a network drive on your local machine. Once the network drive is mapped,  you will have access to the files, folders, and contents within the network drive from your machine as if they were stored locally there. 

Mapping a network drive requires an active Internet connection.

If you are off campus or are connected to the NAU-Guest wireless, you will need to connect to the NAU VPN. Please visit our VPN support page for information on connecting to the NAU VPN.

Mapping a Network Drive with Windows

To learn how to map a network drive within a specific Windows operating system, please select from one of the support pages below (the guide can be found within "Network Drive Mapping" located under the "Fundamentals" section):

Windows 7

Windows 8/8.1

Windows 10

Mapping a Network Drive with Mac OS X

To learn how to map a network drive within a specific Mac operating system, please select from one of the support pages below (the guide can be found within "Network Drive Mapping" located under the "Fundamentals" section):

Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

macOS Sierra (10.12)