This article acquaints you with the 3 easiest ways to map a network drive on Windows 11 to access a folder effortlessly on the other computer in your network.
Do you wish to share folder resources between computers connected to a local network? If yes, you can map Windows 11 network drive.
Windows 11 network drive mapping helps access resources like they are present on your local device, making it easier for users (particularly organizations or businesses with multiple servers/computers) to share files and other resources effortlessly.
If you also wish to map a drive on Windows 11 but are unsure how to do it, you have arrived at the right place. This article presents the easiest guide to do it.
Let us begin with Windows 11 network drive mapping without wasting your extremely-valuable time.
Though it is a bit of an advanced process (more suitable for techies), below is how you can map Windows 11 network drive via PowerShell.
Firstly, right-click the Start icon on your taskbar, and choose Windows PowerShell from the on-screen menu.
Now, input the New-PSDrive -Name “DRIVER-LETTER” -PSProvider “FileSystem” -Root “\\DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP\SHARED-FOLDER” -Persist command in the on-screen window and press Enter.
Note: In the command, use a drive letter (other than the ones already in use on your computer) in place of the DRIVER-LETTER. Also, replace the DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP and SHARED-FOLDER with the computer name or IP address of the PC hosting the shared folder and the share’s name. As an example, you can refer to the below screenshot.
Lastly, wait for the command’s execution to complete.
Note: You can also perform Windows 11 network mapping with a password using PowerShell. Open PowerShell, execute the command $cred = Get-Credential -Credential USERNAME, confirm your account password, click on OK, execute the command New-PSDrive -Name “E” -Root “\\DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP\SHARED-FOLDER” -Persist -PSProvider “FileSystem” -Credential $cred (assigning the drive letter manually) to map the drive with a password.
Method 3: Use Command Prompt to map a network drive on Windows 11
You can also use Command Prompt or CMD for Windows 11 network drive mapping. Below is how to do it.
Firstly, use your computer’s search function to find and open Command Prompt.
After opening the Command Prompt, input the following command. net use Z: \\DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP\SHARED-FOLDER
Note: Replace Z with a drive letter you haven’t used yet. Also, use your computer’s name or IP address of the hosting device and share’s name instead of DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP and SHARED-FOLDER. As an example, you can see the command in the following screenshot.
Input the command net use * \\DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP\SHARED-FOLDER and press Enter to perform network drive mapping while assigning the drive letter automatically.
Note: Ensure to replace DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP and SHARED-FOLDER with your computer’s name or host device’s IP address and share’s name. As an example, you can see the command in the following screenshot.
Now, input the command net use Z: \\DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP\SHARED-FOLDER PASSWORD /user:USERNAME /persistent:yes to map a drive with authentication details and press the Enter key.
Note: Do not forget to write a drive letter (which you haven’t already used) in place of Z. Also, replace DEVICE-NAME-OR-IP and SHARED-FOLDER with the computer name or IP address of the PC hosting the shared folder and the share’s name. You can check the following screenshot for reference.
Above, we shared various methods to add Windows 11 network drive to make it usable by other computers on the network. You can find the mapped drive in the File Explorer. However, if it shows a missing Windows 11 network drive, you can restart your computer and update PC drivers to fix the issue.
This article answered the question, “How do I map a network drive in Windows 11?” You can apply any of the above methods to map a Windows 11 network drive. However, if you have any questions/concerns about the same or wish to suggest something regarding this article, do not hesitate to write us a comment.
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