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Mapping Drives to RDS (Shared Folders) on Mac OS X

(Note: For users looking to map drives on Windows, please see Mapping Drives (Shared Folders) on Windows)

1. Open the Finder if it is not open already.


2. In the menu bar, click Go, then Connect To Server:


3. Type the address of the shared volume, or folder, you would like to mount, beginning with smb://.  Then click Connect.

For example, if you are mounting your division's shared volume (G: drive) on the Research Data Storage (RDS) system, you might type smb://rds6/yourDivision-s :


4. Type the user name and password you use to log in to the Cincinnati Children's network, and click OK:


You should be connected to the location you typed in step 3, and a volume icon should appear on your desktop:


5. To create an alias of the volume so that you can easily reconnect without repeating steps 1-4 above, select the volume icon, go to the Finder menu bar and click File, then Make Alias:


A volume alias appears on your desktop:

In the future, you can reconnect to the shared volume by double-clicking this alias.


6. If you wish, rename the alias by clicking anywhere on the icon, then clicking the text beneath the icon. A textbox should appear, enabling you to modify the alias name:


7. If you wish, drag the alias to the right side of the dock:

If you have any difficulties connecting to your network drives, or shared folders on RDS, email the BMI Help Desk.