Network drives

YCP network drives are digital storage areas. All students and employees have a Home (H:) Drive for individual use. Some employees have permissions to additional drives, such as Shared Areas.

You can use Google Drive in a similar way, which we usually recommend instead.

Types of drives

Google Drive (recommended)

Google Drive is not linked to Network Drives, but offers most of the same features and many more. We generally recommend using Google Drive instead, whenever possible.

Employees of York College have access to several employee Google shared drives.

Home (H:) Drive

Your (H:) drive is one type of YCP file storage for documents and all file types. On a YCP computer, you can Map it, as described in the sections below. Or, from anywhere, you can access it at myfiles.ycp.edu.

The other is your Google Drive, which we recommend.

Network Software (I:) Drive

Your (I:) drive includes certain specialized software for some classes (check with your professor). This shared drive will show up on any campus computer after you log in (if off campus, you can access a campus computer remotely).

FacData

This drive contains resources that professors have made available to all YCP members. On a YCP computer, you can Map it, as described in the sections below. Or, from anywhere, you can access it at myfiles.ycp.edu.

Access network drives

Map a drive

On YCP-owned computers, you can map network drives. This allows to you easily access network drive content, as if it were stored on the computer.

Tip: If you seem to be missing a drive, restart the computer first.

Map on Windows

On campus

Your drives will map automatically on Active Directory Windows computers. If you don't see them, restart your computer. Contact us if you still have trouble.

Off campus

You must be connected to VPN and on a YCP-owned laptop.

  • Open File Explorer or the Start menu.

  • Right-click on This PC.

  • Select Map network drive.

  • Drive: Select any available drive letter.

    • Note: Letters already under Devices and drives in This PC are unavailable.

  • Folder: Type a drive path.

    • Home Drive (H: Drive)

      • \\files\home

    • Shared drives

      • \\files\shares

  • Select Reconnect at sign-in and deselect Connect using different credentials.

  • Select Finish.

  • The drive will appear in a new File Explorer or window.

    • It can now be found in This PC.

Note: If you change your password, then Windows may ask for your current credentials. In this case, lock your computer (Ctrl + Alt + Delete > Lock), then unlock with your new password.

Map on macOS

On campus

  • In Finder, select Go > Connect to Server.

  • Type a drive path.

    • Home Drive (H: Drive)

      • smb://files.ycp.edu/home

    • Shared drives

      • smb://files.ycp.edu/facdata

      • smb://files.ycp.edu/shares

      • smb://files.ycp.edu/networksoftware

  • Tip: After typing the drive path, select the + button to add the path to the Favorite Servers list. You can use that shortcut in the future.

  • Sign in with your YCP username & password.

    • Ensure that Registered User is selected.

    • Never select Remember this password in my keychain.

  • The drive will appear in a new Finder tab or window.

Off campus

You must be connected to VPN and on a YCP-owned laptop.

  • Follow the On campus instructions, above.


MyFiles

You can upload and download files on your drives from anywhere, at myfiles.ycp.edu. You can also often access files saved to the desktop of a YCP computer.

Notes:

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