Mapping Network Drives On APU Issued Computers

Network drives are automatically mapped to your computer if your account has access to them. If you are unable to locate your network drives on your computer and need access please contact the IT Support Center to assist you.


Network drives can only be accessed on the APU Network (APU Wifi/Ethernet) or through the VPN if you are working off campus. Please follow this article if you need assistance connecting. How to connect to the VPN 


- Note: When you contact support please try to specify the full path of the drive that you need access to, and the department you are part of to avoid confusion. Here are some examples of formatting of drive paths:


example of a personal drive path:



example of a department drive path:


Click here to see how to find this path.


Automatically mapped network drives correspond to the group that you are a member of. The L drive will always your personal drive folder that has a maximum size of 4GB.

Any drive letter starting from M corresponds to your particular group's shared drive folders and should be automatically mapped when you login to your computer. Here is an example of some network drives:

Manually Mapping and Unmapping network drives:

   If all else fails you can still try to map the network drive manually. I am using windows 11 in this example but the process is similar on windows 10 as well.

Step 1: Right click on "This PC" in windows explorer and click "Map network drive"

Step 2: Choose the drive letter, folder path, and the connection options.

   For example I want to map a drive to a folder inside of my personal drive so it is easier to find my files. As an example, I will map my drive using the letter Z and the folder "\\apufiles\user$\wbragg20\Documents\" and choose to reconnect at sign in which allows the drive to persist through restarts.

-Note: Use connect using different credentials if the drive needs credentials other than your current user.

You can also rename your manually mapped network drives to identify them better:


Disconnecting Network drives:

Right click on this pc and select disconnect network drives and select the drives you wish to remove.

- Note: Automatically mapped drives such as the personal and department drives will automatically be added back on login if you remove them.


 Finding the full path of a network drive:

If you have a drive that has been mapped to your computer or another staff's computer and you do not know the path the drive is using, follow these steps to find the details.

Step 1: Click on the windows button on your keyboard or in the bottom left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Open the command prompt by typing cmd into the search bar.

Step 3: Type the following command to show the currently connected network drive paths:

net use


Here is shows me, under "Remote", that my Z: drive is actually \\apufiles\user$\wbragg20\Documents


Removing all network drives

Using the same command we can remove all network drives. This easily removes all saved network drives on your computer.


net use * /del /y

Here it removes the Z: drive that i had mapped previously.


If you have any questions please contact the IMT Support Desk.


Last Updated: 03/22/2023 12:30 PM


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