L: Drive:  Most users will see their Shared Departmental files (L: Drive) by going to Computer and double clicking.  You will see an L: drive mapped to your departmental shared drive.  Please note:  Some departments/colleges use a different letter to map the drive.  Contact your local IT Support if you have questions.

U: Drive:  If you have access to an Intra-University folder (e.g. IowaData or PSoft), you can access these files by going to Computer and double clicking on the U: Drive.

If you are off-campus, you must connect to the UI AnyWhere VPN before following the instructions listed below.

If your drive is not connected automatically, follow these instructions for a Windows PC.

  1. Windows 10:  Go to the search bar in the lower left hand corner and type "This PC".  Right click on This PC and select Map Network Drive.
  2. In the drop-down menu under "Drive" select L:.
  3. In the "Folder" field type \\iowa.uiowa.edu\shared\mydeptname (replace "mydeptname" with your Shared drive name).
  4. If you want to reconnect at login, select the Reconnect at logon check box.
  5. Check the box for Connect using different credentials.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. When prompted for your username and password, enter your HawkID followed by @uiowa.edu as the username (e.g. jdoe@uiowa.edu) and your HawkID password for the password. 
  8. Click OK to connect. 

If your drive is not connected automatically, follow these instructions for a Mac:

  1. Open Finder and navigate to the menu Go > Connect to Server. 
  2. In the "Server Address" bar, type in smb://iowa.uiowa.edu/shared/mydeptname. 
  3. Click on Connect. 
  4. Click on the + sign to add the address in permanently in your list of "Favorite Servers". 
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May 14, 2021