Mapping a T: drive to access CLAS U:, R:, or T: drive shared folders

Please note: You must be on the UConn Network either physically or virtually for the following instructions to succeed. If you are not on campus (or using UConn AnyWare),  you will have to first virtually connect to the UConn Network using the University’s VPN client

What is the T: Drive

While many CLAS Departments and other areas (or Units) access their particular Unit’s shared folder via a U: or R: drive, the T: drive can be used in much the same way. The T: drive is easier to share to a diverse group of departments and other areas, versus individual instructions for each department, as it is a more universal mapping. For example, the Communication department can find their departmental shared folders at U:\. On the T: drive, the equivalent location is T:\Comm\Unit\.

So, if you are used to accessing files from your U: or R: drive, you can simply find your department’s Unit folder in the T: drive and you will see the same folders and files that you expect.

note: The T: drive’s original purpose was to allow people with multiple Unit affiliations to more easily access their various Unit shared folders as a U: or R: drive can only point to one area’s Unit folder. It also can provide a means for inter-area sharing and collaboration within the College.


Windows PC Instructions

Windows 10 (including UConn AnyWare)

  1. Open file explorer and select This PC.
  2. Right click This PC and select Map Network Drive.
  3. Follow from Step 2 in the Windows 7 procedure of this page to successfully map the network drive.

Windows 8

  1. Open file explorer and click on the Computer tab on the left sidebar of the window, then click on Computer tab on top.
  2. Click on Map Network Drive from the drop-down menu.
  3. Follow from Step 2 in the Windows 7 procedure of this page to successfully map the network drive.

Windows 7

  1. Start by right clicking on Computer and selecting Map network drive…
  2. At the Map Network Drive window, select the drive letter you would like to use and input the folder path.
    The standard letter for the all departments and units CLAS shared drive is:T:
    (If this letter is not available, you may already have this drive automatically setup for you. Simply use your existing T: drive.)

    Then use the following folder path:

    (tip: copy and paste the above path to reduce potential errors)

  3. Make sure “Reconnect at logon” is checked
  4. Finally, select Connect using different credentials; make sure to select this before pressing Finish. You’ll then be given the login prompt from Windows Security.
  5. Enter the appropriate credentials. This is usually your NetID prefaced with “UCONN\” without the quotes and your NetID password. Example:User name: UCONN\rfd96001
    Password: ********
  6. Check the box labeled “Remember my credentials” then press OK.
  7. Windows should automatically open your mapped drive.


Mac Instructions

  1. Click on Finder > Preferences >check the “Connected Servers” checkbox.
  2. Close the Finder Preferences window.
  3. On your keyboard hold down the command key and then press the key.
  4. Enter “smb://” (without quotes) in the server address field.
    (tip: copy and paste the above path to reduce potential errors)
  5. Click Connect.
  6.  At the credentials screen:
    • Connect as: Registered User.
    • Name: UCONN\Your Net ID
      e.g. UCONN\rfd96001
    • Password: Your Net ID Password.
    • If you do not want to enter your Password every time you access the T: drive be sure to check the box called Remember this password in my keychain.
  1. The CLAS universal ‘Share’ window will pop up. (This is the T: drive.) You can repeat steps 1-7 each time you wish to access the shared folder OR you can proceed to the next step to setup a permanent icon on your desktop to access the T: drive in the future. Continuing is recommended.
  2. Close the Share folder for now
  3. A drive called Share will appear on your desktop.
  4. Hold down the control key and then click on the Share drive.
  5. Click on Make Alias.
  6. An icon called Share alias will appear on your desktop.
  7. Hold down the control key and click on the Share alias.
  8. Click on Get Info.
  9. Click on Name & Extension.
  10. Change name from Share alias to CLAS T Drive.
  11. Hold down the control key and click on the original Share drive.
  12. Click on Eject Unit.
  13. To access your U: drive from here on simply click on the CLAS T Drive icon.