Accessing a drive on another computer by following the Network link works but can be a slow way of accessing a shared drive that you access on a regular basis. To make it easier to access network drives you can map them to drive letters on your own computer. This will result in their appearing as if they are an additional drive on your own computer rather than having to access them over the network each time.
To map a network drive in Windows 95/98/SE/ME or Windows NT/2000/XP you need to go into network Neighborhood and navigate to the drive or folder that you want to map. You then right click on it and select Map Network Drive from the menu. You can then select any unused drive letter to assign to the drive. If you want the mapping to last for this session only leave the Reconnect at Logon box unchecked or to make the connection permanent check that box. Click on OK to make the connection.
If the drive to which you are connecting requires a password then you will need to enter it when setting up the mapping and whenever the mapping is re-established just the same as you do when accessing the drive via Network Neighborhood but as the mapping will last for the entire session you should get fewer requests to enter the password when you access a drive this way.
Now that the drive mapping is established you can reference the newly mapped network drive using the assigned drive letter just the same as if it were a drive on your own computer.
Note that the computer where the mapped drive is located must be on and connected to the network in order for the connection to be established. You will receive a warning message if your computer attempts to map to a drive that is not currently accessible. If this happens just start up the other computer and then try the connection again.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.