How to map a network drive

Having a mapped network drive allows a user access to the Acadia network resources quickly and efficiently.

Each network drive provides different resources for use here at Acadia, network drives that may be of interest are as follows:

  • P Drive - Server: Share: Public
    • Also known as the Public drive, this contains course information, programs and other valuable tools
  • H Drive - Server: Share: users/username
    • Also known as the Home directory and also the home of your website (simply create a WWW folder in here and place your web page inside it)
  • S Drive - Server: Share: departments (Faculty and staff only)
    • Also known as the Departmental drive, this contains important information for departments across the campus
  • Falcon - Server: Share: Your username (Computer Science only)
    • Your personal storage/work space on Falcon
  • Eden - Server: Share: Your username
    • Your storage/work space on Ebony/Eden

Windows 10

  • Open the File Explorer on your taskbar or from within your start menu. Right Click on the "This PC" heading on the left sideand select "Map network drive"
  • In the Map Network Drive window, choose an available drive letter from the dropdown list located next to the "Drive:" option:
    • Public (P) drive: \\\public
    • Home (H) drive: \\\users\username
    • Departmental (S) drive: \\\departments
    • Falcon drive: \\\username
    • Eden drive: \\\username
  • Type the name of the folder to map
  • Click the "Reconnect at login" checkbox if this network drive should be mapped permanently. Otherwise, this drive will un-map when the user logs out of this computer.
  • Click Finish
  • Enter acadia\username, substituting "username" with your Acadia username
  • Enter your password
  • If the Finish operation succeeds, the network drive will be mapped. If the network drive cannot be mapped, ensure the folder name is spelled correctly, also ensure that (if necessary) the correct username and password have been entered, and that the computer network connections are functioning properly

To disconnect a mapped network drive, right-click on the drive in Computer and choose the "Disconnect" menu option.

Mac OS X

  • Make sure your Finder is selected (should say Finder in the top left corner)
  • Click on GO then Connect to Server (TIP : Shortcut for this is Command + K)
  • Type in the address of the drive you are trying to connect to:
    • Public (P) drive: smb://
    • Home (H) drive: smb://
    • Departmental (S) drive: smb://
    • Falcon drive: smb://
    • Eden drive: smb://
  • Click "Connect"
  • Enter acadia\username, substituting "username" with your Acadia username
  • Enter password


  • Open a Terminal window
  • You require the mount.cifs command, so you will have to install the cifs-utils package
    • If you are on Ubuntu or similar, you can type 'sudo apt-get install cifs-utils' to install it
  • Type 'sudo mkdir /tmp/pdrive' or substitute with the directory you'd like to mount into (pdrive is just an example)
  • Type 'sudo mount.cifs //path /tmp/pdrive -o rw,noperm,username=XYZ,domain=ACADIA'
    • Make sure to substitute /tmp/pdrive if you want to mount in a different location
    • Substitute //path for the folder you want:
      • // for the P drive
      • // for the S drive
      • // for the H drive
      • // for your drive on Falcon
      • // for your drive om Eden 
    • Substitute 'XYZ' with your Acadia username (eg 123456b)
  • You may have to enter two separate passwords:
    1. If you did not use 'sudo' in the earlier commands or recently, you will have to enter your Linux password first
      • The Linux password prompt will just say "Password: "
    2. Your Acadia network password (same as Central, ACORN, email, etc)
      • The network password prompt will say "Password for XYZ@// " (XYZ being your username as before)
  • If no errors occur, the drive should now be mounted into the folder you specified.
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