Windows 10: Mapping Network Drive Issues

Discus and support Mapping Network Drive Issues in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; We have a external hard drive attached to our router that is accessible to our small business on our network. We have 3 other computers (2 Windows and... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Big Greens, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. Mapping Network Drive Issues

    We have a external hard drive attached to our router that is accessible to our small business on our network. We have 3 other computers (2 Windows and 1 Mac) that are accessing it now. But we got 2 new computers that were just added to the network and I can not find the drive on the network. As a matter of fact, I can only see the 2 new computers on the network when I go to the File Explorer and click the Network.

    I have already updated the sharing settings and have Network Discovery and File/Printer Sharing turned on.

    I also have hidden files/folders being shown just to make sure I'm not missing anything.

    Computer is Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    What should I be checking next?

    Big Greens, Aug 27, 2019
  2. DMyr Win User

    Trouble Mapping Network Drive

    I have a WD NAS drive connected to my router and have mapped it on three of my computers. I just setup another laptop with Windows 10 and have updated it to 1809 and when I tired Mapping a network drive nothing is displayed in the browse window except the
    computer I am currently using. The drive is shown under network locations in File Explorer but not when you select map network drive and browse. I right clicked on the drive and selected properties and noted the IP address and went back into Map network drive
    but instead of selecting browse I entered the IP address but it still does not map the drive. The strange part is if I go to any of the computers that already has the network drive mapped and select Map network drive and select browse none of those computers
    show the drive either but you can select the mapped drive in the drive list in file explorer and it works just fine.

    I have read several articles both here and elsewhere and tried the suggestions but nothing works. Network discovery is turned on as is file sharing and also checked if all three boxes under SMB file sharing support in Windows features were also checked and
    they are. I have mapped several computers to several different drives over the years and anytime the drive was not listed it was always easy to go into Network Sharing Centre and find the problem but everything seems to be as it should so would appreciate
    if someone can suggest something I may have overlooked.

    Thank you
  3. Permission issue, shared drive Windows 10.


    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    We can understand your concern. However, we would need some more information regarding the issue.

    1. May I know the exact error message?
    2. Have you shared all hard drives or any particular folder within the particular hard drive?

    Since you have mentioned that you are getting error related to permission issue, please refer to the troubleshooting steps provided by “Azee N” dated June 2nd 2010 on
    Providing permission to drive and try
    providing permission to the drive.

    If the issue still persists, we would suggest you to follow the steps mentioned below to re-map the drive.

    1. Disconnect the drive by right click on the drive and select disconnect (if the drive is mapped).
    2. Then re-map the drive by referring to Map a network drive
      and check if it resolves the issue.

    Manjunath_H, Aug 27, 2019
  4. Mapping Network Drive Issues

    Create a shortcut to map a network drive windows 10


    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    As per the issue description you are willing to create a shortcut to map a network drive. I would suggest you to refer the steps provided in the articles mentioned below and see if it helps.

    Create a shortcut to (map) a network drive

    Create a shortcut to (map) a network drive

    Note: These articles are for Windows 7/8/8.1 but steps holds good for Windows 10 too.

    Hope the information provided is helpful. Do let us know if you have any more concern related to Windows. We will be more than happy to assist you.

    Ramesh.Kumar, Aug 27, 2019

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