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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)

Getting Access to a Drive

  • After being granted access to a drive, you must restart your computer before mapping a drive to it.
    If you are denied access to a drive, please restart your computer and try mapping it again.
  • Authorizers can grant access to users via the Permissions Manager.
    Authorizers do not automatically have access, but they can grant access to themselves.
  • The Permissions Manager can be accessed here:
  • Instructions on how to use Permissions Manager are here:


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.