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Macintosh users must create a connection to the DATAVOL or HOME drive on the Smith network in order to access their home directory, dropbox, and shared drives.  The instructions below explain how to mount the DATAVOL drive and create an alias on your desktop.

Connecting to the Smith network DATAVOL
Navigating the DATAVOL and finding your HOME (H:) drive
Creating an alias to your H: drive or shared drive

Mac users: If you recently changed the system password on your Mac and are now being prompted to enter your "old" password to authenticate keychain access, please see the following instructions for synchronizing your passwords:



Connecting to Smith network DATAVOL

  1. Open the Finder or click on your Desktop.

  2. Click Connect to server from the Go menu.

  3. Enter or select your server address from the list, then click the Connect button. 

  4. Enter your network username and password, then click Connect.

    To save your password for quick connections in the future, put a check next to "Remember password in keychain" (see image above). If you want the server to ask for your password every time you connect, do not check this box.

    : If your login fails, clear the username field, then enter a period, followed by your network username and your full network context.

    Staff example:  .username.[dept]
    Faculty example:  .username.[div#]
    Student example:  .username.[alphabet-range]

    Note: If you don't know your full network context, please call the User Support Center at x4487.

  5. When asked to select a volume to mount, choose either DATAVOL or HOME.

  6. Click OK.

  7. DATAVOL is now "mounted" on your computer. This means that you have a connection to the server. You can treat this connection like an external hard drive.

    The connection is available from the Finder Sidebar or the Desktop. (See the images below.)

    Mac OS X 10.6.X Snow Leopard Sidebar
    Mac OS X 10.6.X Desktop Icon

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Navigating the DATAVOL and Finding Your HOME (H:) Drive

First, connect to DATAVOL and open your connection (see instructions above). At the root of your DATAVOL connection are a number of folders.

To find your personal network file space (the H: drive on a PC), double-click on HOME. Double-click on the folder titled with your username. This is your H: drive.

To find a shared folder (the P: drive on a PC), double-click on SHARED. Double-click on the folder with your department's abbreviated title. Find your department's shared folder and double-click on it to open the folder. This is your P: drive.

To access your drop-box, double-click on DROPBOX. Double-click on the folder with your department's abbreviated title. Staff and Faculty with drop-boxes in this department are sorted alphabetically by username. (Not all Staff and Faculty have drop-boxes.)

To access someone else's dropbox, you will login to their server (with your username) and find it in the same way. For more information, see Using Dropboxes to Exchange Files.

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Create an Alias to your HOME Drive or Shared Folder

First, connect to DATAVOL and open your connection (see instructions above). At the root of your DATAVOL connection are a number of folders.

Navigate to the folder ABOVE the folder you want to create an alias to. For example, to create an alias to your H: drive, you will want to open the HOME folder and simply find your H: drive in the list, but do not open it.

  1. Select the folder by single-clicking on it.

  2. Hold down the option key and the command key (apple key) at the same time.

  3. Still holding down the option key and command key, use your mouse to drag the selected folder to the desktop. Release the mouse button first, then release the option and command keys on the keyboard.

  4. This creates an alias (shortcut) to the folder on your desktop. If you saved your password in the keychain, this alias will automatically open a connection to your DATAVOL when you click on it (even if you have not mounted the DATAVOL yet).

Repeat this process for any shared folders or drop-boxes that you access often.

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 |  Last updated February 12, 2013

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