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 7 users click on the Windows icon in the lower left-hand corner of the task bar, then right click on "Computer" and select Map Network Drive.
  2. Windows 8 users will need to right click on the Windows icon, then click on "File Explorer", the "Computer" tab, and select Map Network Drive.
  3. In the drop-down menu under "Drive" select L:.
  4. In the "Folder" field type \\iowa.uiowa.edu\shared\mydeptname (replace "mydeptname" with your Shared drive name).
  5. If you want to reconnect at login, select the Reconnect at logon check box.
  6. Select Finish. 

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". 
Article number: 
104043
Last updated: 
May 19, 2016