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Map (Mount) Drive from Mac

System requirements: Mac


This page provides instructions on mapping a drive on a MAC.

How to Get:


SMB gives Macs the ability to browse Windows networks and directories. Unix and Linux machines use Samba, which is based on the SMB protocol.

How to Use:

  1. If you are not on the UTA domain establish a VPN connection (off campus).
  2. From Finder, click on Go (top of the screen), scroll down, and select Connect to Server.
  3. In the Server Address text field, enter smb:// followed by the name of the server and folder to which you wish to connect. You can also click on the browse button if you are unsure of the remote computer's name.
    • smb://
      This would be the format for student J: drives where, where ne are the first two letters of your NetID, and NetID is your actual NetID. For example, smb://quartz/ab/abc1234
    • smb:// Where ne is the first two letters of your net id as an example Smb://
    • smb://server/dept
      This would be the format for departmental shared folders (K: drive) where server could be opal, sweeper, or talisman and dept is the departmental abbreviation. For example, smb://sweeper/acs.
    • smb://students
      This would be the server name for student web folders.
    • smb://
      This would be the format to map to shared class folders.
  4. Enter your NetID and password. You may have to type uta\ in front of your NetID.
  5. The newly connected server should appear in your Finder window, and you may navigate it as you would a local hard drive.