What are network drives or server volumes?

    All students, faculty, and staff at Saint Mary's College are provided with 1GB of disk space on our network to save their files.

    This space is accessible from any networked computer on campus, and is commonly referred to as a personal network drive or the H: drive. A student can save a paper she is working on in her room to her network drive; go to a computer cluster; access the paper saved on her network drive; and print it on the laser printers. Network drives eliminate the need to carry files around on disks or flash drives. Also, a backup of all network drives is created every night, which makes it a secure place for your important papers and other files. Saint Mary's College strongly recommends that you save a copy of your work to your network drive.

    You may also need to connect to additional network drives or server volumes to access shared department network space. Instructions for mounting these additional drives can be found on the ResNet FAQ and the Helpdesk FAQ.


    To connect to your H: drive (your personal network drive) for the first time:

    1. Click on the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen.
    2. Move the mouse over Computer to highlight it, then click the right mouse button and select Map Network Drive...
    3. Select H: from the Drive: pop-up menu.
    4. In the Folder: field, type the following:
      \\fs1.saintmarys.edu\yourusername
    5. Make sure that Reconnect at login is checked.
    6. Click Finish.
    7. Type in your Saint Mary's e-mail address (username@saintmarys.edu) and password when prompted.
    8. Do NOT check Remember my password.
    9. Click OK.
    10. A window displaying your network drive should appear.
    11. You can find your network drive by going to the Start menu and selecting Computer. The network drives should be listed at the bottom of the window.

    12. With Windows Vista, your network drive will automatically mount every time you log in to your computer while on ResNet.


Last Modified March 20, 2011