Mapping a Drive

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When you are on campus (or off campus connected to the campus network via vpn.uark.edu) you can map a drive to a university hosted resource, and your computer treats it like any other drive. This means that you can save, delete, copy and move files between your computer and university hosted resources, such as Comp, Cavern, MyDocs, the Microsoft IIS server or Gizmo account file space.

To map a drive, enter the path to the server or network share. Some common paths to resources on the university network are listed below. Follow these instructions for connecting via Windows and Mac.

Common Network Locations

Windows

It may be necessary to click Different User Name and log in using your UARK email address, for example, username@uark.edu.

  • Comp: \\comp.uark.edu\yourUARKusername
    Log in with your UARK username and password.

  • Cavern: \\cavern.uark.edu\yourCavernusername 
    Log in with your Cavern account username and full Cavern password.

  • MyDocs: \\mydocs.uark.edu\mydocs\yourUARKusername\Documents
    Log in with your UARK username and password.

  • Microsoft IIS server: \\new-www3.uark.edu\foldername$
    You must include $ after your folder name. Log in with your UARK username and password.

  • Gizmo: \\gizmo.uark.edu\volumename where "volumename" is your assigned volume title
    Log in with your UARK username and password.

Mac

Mac users with older versions of OS X might be unable to map a drive using these instructions.

  • Comp: smb://comp.uark.edu/yourUARKusername
    Log in with your UARK username and password.

  • Cavern: smb://cavern.uark.edu/yourCavernusername 
    Log in with your Cavern account username and full Cavern password.

  • MyDocs: smb://Mydocs.uark.edu/mydocs/yourUARKusername/documents
    Log in with your UARK username and password.

  • Microsoft IIS server: smb://new-www3.uark.edu/foldername$
    You must include $ after your foldername. Log in with your UARK username and password.

  • Gizmo: smb://gizmo.uark.edu/volumename where "volumename" is your assigned volume title
    Log in with your UARK username and password.

Map a Drive in Windows

  1. Open the Start menu and enter Computer in the search box. In Windows 10, open File Explorer.

  2. Click This PC on the left and open the Computer tab. Click the Map Network Drive icon at the top.

  3. Select a preferred drive letter from the Drive drop-down menu.

  4. Enter the path to the network share in the Folder field (see Common Network Locations section for examples).

  5. (Optional) Select the "Reconnect at sign-in" option if you want the drive mapped every time the computer is restarted.

  6. Click Finish.

Connect to a Server in Mac OS X

Mac users with older versions of OS X might be unable to map a drive using these instructions.

  1. From the top menu bar, select Go and Connect to Server.

  2. In the resulting Connect to Server window, enter a network location in the Address field (see Common Network Locations section for examples).

  3. Click Add to Favorites (+) to add it to your list of Favorites in the drop-down menu. Click Connect.

  4. Enter the account username and password. Click Connect.

  5. Access the drive via the Finder under Shared. Double-click the volume icon to access your files and use drag-and-drop capabilities for file transfers.

  6. To show the drive as a shortcut on your desktop, go to Finder and click Preferences. On the General tab, check the box next to Connected servers.

  7. To log out from the server, click the Eject symbol or drag the mounted volume desktop icon into the Trash.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
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Comments


  1. Maria Nelly Arguello Blanco
    Senior Graduate Assistant
    02/01/2013
    5:11 pm

    Hi, I just need to be able to open PDF Files from WEB of Knowledge the same way I will do it if I were on campus (I mean like finding the PDF Automatically) I do not want to follow several steps before I can get it.
    Thanks so much


  2. Lauren Shugart
    02/06/2014
    10:59 am

    I am trying to get my deposit back that I put down for housing. She has decided to go to OSU!


    1. Erin Griffin
      Content strategy/IA specialist
      02/06/2014
      11:01 am

      Lauren,
      You can contact the housing department at housing@uark.edu or 479-575-3951.


  3. Mark Zajac
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    02/15/2016
    2:38 pm

    I have followed the steps on this page and my Mac will not connect to Mydocs. Until recently, it was working.


    1. Starla Stensaas
      Director of Communication
      02/15/2016
      2:39 pm

      Mark,
      We had a storage issue that affected MyDocs this afternoon. Please try again. The issue has been resolved.


      1. Mark Zajac
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        02/15/2016
        2:55 pm

        No, it's not working. In finder, I choose "Go > connect to server" I then select "cifs://Mydocs.uark.edu/mydocs/zajac/documents" from the list of options. I click "connect" and get a pop-up that says "connecting to..." but in a few moments that disappears WITHOUT connecting me to the server.


      2. Mark Zajac
        Visiting Assistant Professor
        02/15/2016
        3:06 pm

        I rebooted and it is working now. I hate rebooting. It is such an inelegant solution.

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