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Shared Drives (z-drives) are account-based storage space for North Park University Students, Staff, and Faculty.

Generally, when you log into a North Park computer with your username and password, your z-drive is automatically mapped.

These instructions are for North Park University Machines only.

Note to Mac users: When ethernet-connected on-campus, Z: drives should automount, but they do not sync.


Windows 10

To mount a shared drive permanently on your Windows machine:

  1. Start Menu -> File Explorer (the picture of a folder on the left, above the settings wheel)
  2. Select "This PC" on the left-hand side.
  3. At the top, choose "Computer" then choose "Map network drive".
  4. Select a Drive letter that you want to use. I'd select something "middle of the alphabet": "M" would be good.
  5. Type "\\file-department\SpecificDriveName$"
    1. Without the quotes and it is case sensitive
    2. The naming convention may change with some special drives on campus. Check with IT for permissions.
  6. Check the box "Reconnect at logon"

 The publications shared drive will now be mounted and will be there even after a reboot.







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All departmental shared drives should automatically map to your computer screen after you log in. Department Share drives are only available when the computer is on campus and plugged into the network.

If you require access to a shared drive, you should contact the IT department via the Help Desk

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To mount a shared drive permanently on your Windows machine:

  1. Start Menu -> Computer.
  2. At the top, choose "Map network drive".
  3. Select a Drive letter that you want to use. I'd select something "middle of the alphabet": "M" would be good.
  4. Type "\\file-department\SpecificDriveName$"
    1. Without the quotes and it is case sensitive
    2. The naming convention may change with some special drives on campus. Check with IT for permissions.
  5. Check the box "Reconnect at logon"

 The publications drive will now be mounted and will be there even after a reboot.



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These instructions show how to add departmental shared drives on Apple computers.

Be aware: unlike Windows machines, only z-drives will map automatically when booting into a Mac using the Ethernet; other shared drives do not.

  1. Confirm the machine has access to the NPU network either through wifi or Ethernet.
  2. Go to the "Connect to Server" prompt.
    1. Choose the Finder
    2. Click "Go" and then "Connect to Server"
    3. You can also hit keyboard shortcut: "K" "Command K" on the keyboard.
  3. Enter the file path in to the "Server Address:" field
    1. If you're mapping a z-drive use this convention: "smb://exeter/username$"
    2. If you're mapping a share drive use this convention: "smb://file-department/sharedexample$"
  4. Hit the "+" icon next to the entry field to save it to "Favorite Servers."
  5. Once all the necessary shared drive(s) have been added, select the desired shared drive and hit connect on the bottom right to connect to the shared drive.

 

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Share drives and z-drives won't always stay connected, but they should always be accessible via this method while on campus. And once they're saved in the "Favorite Servers" list, you simply have to click connect.




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titleConnection Issues

If your z-drive (or other Department Share Drive) is not available when you log in please contact the IT Help Desk.

Please note that Department Share Drives are only available when you log in while on campus.


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While z-drives will technically work on XP and Vista machines, IT would love to upgrade all Employee computers to Windows 7. Please contact IT.


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titleNeed Off Campus Access?

For remote information, please see the Remote Access section!