Step 1: Open File Explorer
To find the path of a network drive, you’ll need to open File Explorer. You can do this by clicking on the File Explorer icon in your taskbar or by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard.
Step 2: Click on “This PC”
Once File Explorer is open, you’ll see a list of options on the left-hand side of the window. Click on “This PC” to view all of your connected drives, including any network drives.
Step 3: Locate the Network Drive
Scroll down the list of drives until you find the network drive you want to access. The drive will have a different icon than your other drives, and you might need to expand the “Network locations” section to see it.
Step 4: Right-Click on the Network Drive
Once you’ve located the network drive, right-click on it to open the context menu. From the menu, click on “Properties.”
Step 5: Find the Path in the Properties Window
In the Properties window, you’ll see a section called “Network Location.” The path to the network drive will be listed here. You can highlight and copy the path for future use.
Step 6: Access the Network Drive
Now that you have the path to the network drive, you can use it to access the files you need. You can either enter the path into File Explorer’s address bar or use the “Map network drive” option to create a shortcut to the drive.
Can I access a network drive without knowing its path?
No, you need to know the path of the network drive to access it in Windows 10.
What if the network drive isn’t showing up in File Explorer?
Make sure the network drive is connected and accessible on your network. You can also try restarting your computer or router to see if that resolves the issue.
Can I map a network drive using the path?
Yes, you can use the “Map network drive” option in File Explorer to create a shortcut to the network drive using its path.
Can I access a network drive from another computer?
Yes, as long as the network drive is accessible on the network and you have the necessary permissions to access it from the other computer.
What if the path to the network drive changes?
If the path to the network drive changes, you’ll need to find the new path to access the drive. You can do this by following the steps outlined in this tutorial.