Accessing Shared Drives

Accessing or mapping a drive means that you want permanent access to a folder that is currently residing on another computer, server, or network storage device. Windows will assign a new drive letter to the folder and it can be accessed just like any other drive connected to your computer. Mac will add a link/icon for the drive.

For Windows:

Connecting a Windows Computer to Shared Drive

How to get access to the Ursinus shared drives, also referred to as the “S” drive.

1. Open Windows Explorer.

Below are ways to open Windows Explorer:

  • Search for it in the search bar.
  • Double-click the “My PC”, “My Computer”, “Computer”, or the folder icon located on your desktop.
  • Choose windows explorer in the Start Menu or from the shortcut bar.
  • Hold the Windows Key down on your keyboard (usually located on the bottom left of the keyboard next to the Ctrl and Alt keys) and while holding down the Windows Key, press the “E”.

2. Within Windows Explorer, select “This PC” in the sidebar on the left.

Older windows version may list as “Computer”, “My Computer”, etc.

3. After clicking “This PC”, click the “Map network drive” icon located towards the top.

You can also right-click on “This PC” and choose “Map network drive” from the pop-up menu.













4. After choosing “Map network drive”, the below window will open and you can click on the drop-down box next to “Drive:” and choose “S”.

Then in the “Folder” box, enter “\\ursinus.local\ucdrives” (without the quotes, include all back slashes, ‘\’, not the forward slash ‘/’).

Next, click the “Reconnect at sign-in” ( or “Reconnect at login”) box to add a check mark in it so the drive reconnects after a reboot. Then click “Finish”.












5. You will be prompted to login.

On an Ursinus computer, enter your Ursinus username (email address without the in the “user” or “username” box, then enter your Ursinus password.

On a personal computer (not a college computer), the format for the username would be ursinus\username

Click “OK” or “Connect”.


For Macintosh:


Connecting a Macintosh to a Shared Drive

How to get access to the Ursinus shared drives, also referred to as the “S” drive, using a Mac.


  1. On the menu, select “GO” at the top of the screen (if go is not available, minimize any open app and click anywhere on the desktop to bring up the main ‘finder’ menu) Macintosh Finder Menu


  1. In the “Go” menu select “Connect to Server” Macintosh Go Menu Dropdown- Connect to Server


  1. For the “server address”, type “smb://ursinus.local/ucdrives” (without the quotes) in the box that is now open: Type in the Server Address


Click the “+” button next to the address line to add this to your “Favorite Server” list Add to Favorite Server List



  1. Click the “connect” button
    Connect to the Server


  1. When a login box pops up, select “Registered User” and do the following:
    • for name, use your Ursinus username (not your full e-mail address)
    • for password, use your Ursinus password
    • to avoid doing this procedure every time you restart/reconnect, click the box next to “Remember this password in my keychain” to place a check in the box.
    • Click “Connect” Enter the Name and Password for a Registered User


After each restart, you will need to re-connect to the server.

To do this, go back to “Go” then choose “Connect to server”, select the “smb://ursinus.local/ucdrives” line in the “favorite servers” box and click “connect”.

Macintosh Go Menu Dropdown- Connect to Server

Add to Favorite Server List

If you saved the login information by choosing “Remember this password in my keychain” during the initial setup, the drive will be available without being prompted for a login.

If you didn’t select “Remember this password in my keychain” during the initial setup, you will need to start the procedure over to connect to the Ursinus shared, ‘S’ drive.


When in the “S” drive, you will see a few locations. The “Private” drive is your personal drive that you can use to back up your files. The “Private” drive is only seen by you and accessible by you. The “Share” drive contains folders belonging to specific departments, offices, or committees.  Access to these folders is conferred to individuals on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Tech Support and we’ll be glad to assist.