If you frequently access a file server from a Mac it’s pretty helpful to map the network drive to your desktop. There’s two ways to do this, one method is just mapped for one time use and will reset after a reboot, and another method is a more permanent route that allows the mapped network drive to always appear and mount on your desktop after system reboots and user logins.
Map a network drive to Mac OSX
This method maps a network drive that will disappear if the network connection drops or if you reboot your Mac:
The drive will now appear on your desktop and in the Finder window sidebar
Map a network drive to Mac OSX that re-mounts after system reboot
This method allows you to reboot your Mac and have the mapped network drive automatically remount and appear on the desktop, this is more persistent than the above method:
Your network drive will now be mapped and automatically remounted when you reboot your Mac.
Make the mapped network drive visible on the Mac desktop
It’s possible that the mounted drive will not appear on the desktop due to a system setting. If you want the mapped drive icon to be visible on the Desktop, be sure to do the following additional steps:
Selecting the checkbox next to Connected Servers ensures that you’ll see the icon on your Mac Desktop, otherwise it will only be visible in the Finder window sidebars and Open/Save dialogues.
Remount mapped network drive with a click
A great additional step for either method is to create an alias of the mapped network drive. This allows you to reconnect to the share with just a click. Here’s how to do this:
Now you can double-click that alias to reconnect to the network drive instantly.
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