HOWTO: Map Network Drives in Windows 7


  •  Instructions how to manually map a Network Drive in Windows 7


  • Platform: Windows
  • OS Version: 7
  • Keywords: Network Drive, Mount, Map, Share, dfa, sfa, rfa

You must know the network path to the drive in which you are attempting to connect. For Example: \\\TEST$ or \\\MCL-TEST

Home Drive:  \\\homedir$ or \\\homedir-[first letter of username]$ (i.e. homedir-j)

SFAs: \\cifs2\sfaname$ - \\\sfaname$ - \\peccifs2\sfaname$ - \\\sfaname$

Visit this link to look up other drive paths. Login using your Partners username and password.


There are two ways to map your network drives, through automatic mapping at or manually mapping.

Manually mapping is required for Research Network Drives such as RFAs or MAD storage.



Automatic Mapping

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Search for Internet Explorer
  3. Right click and choose Run as Administrator
  4. Go to
  5. Login using your Partners credentials:
    • Username should be typed as partners\username
  6. Press allow on the prompts to install the PHS VPN Program

  7. After installing, close and re-open 
  8. The progress of your drive mapping will show in the bottom left corner.
  9. Once drives have been mapped, they are found by going to My Computer or This PC.

Note: Please keep the Portal page open. Closing the page will remove the mapping from your computer. 


If the automatic mapping fails, please attempt to map manually by following the steps below:

Manual Mapping

Remove Old Mappings

If you need to update an old mapping, please remove the old mapping first.

Saved mappings can be removed by right clicking on the drive and selecting Disconnect.

1. Click on the start button in the bottom left hand corner of the screen and then click Computer.

2. Click on "Map network drive" located in the top toolbar

3. Click on the Drop down menu for "Drive:" and choose any letter.

4. Type in the network path for the network drive into the "Folder:" text field:

  • Home Drive - \\\homedir$
  • SFAs: \\cifs2\sfaname$ - \\\sfaname$ - \\peccifs2\sfaname$ - \\\sfaname$ - \\\sfaname$ - \\\sfaname$
  • RFAs: \\\rfaname (rfaname will be typically be INSTITUTION-LABNAME, IE. BWH-TIMI)

  • MAD3: See

5. Type in your Partners Username and password, but make sure to type partners\ before your username like shown in the below image.

6. The network drive will appear under the "Network Location" section under "Computer".


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