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Mapping a Network Drive with Mac OS X

This tutorial is intended to provide users another method to connect to QShare. Collaboration Tools, including Versioning, Logging and Subscriptions may not be reliable when QShare is accessed via a mapped drive.  If these are important to you, please use the web interface or speak to your department QShare Administrator to obtain Xythos Drive, which is available to group account members.

When you map to a network drive, such as QShare, it makes the networked drive readable and writeable from your computer.   Once mapped you will have the functionality to create, change and move documents  as if they were stored in a local directory on your personal computer.

You will be able to open, edit, and save files to your QShare account, just like it was another hard drive in your computer. You can also drag and drop files, or cut and paste them, directly into your mapped Folder.

Note: The following characters MAY cause errors, and should not be used in file names: < > # % " { } | \ ^ [ ] `

Map a Network Drive 

  1. To map network drive you will need to know the Server Address of your QShare account.
    • This will include the URL for QShare ( followed by the directory path to your files on the QShare server (Users01/yournetid).
    • If you are not sure of your QShare directory path, log on to QShare, and look at the path displayed in the breadcrumbs.

    Screenshot for step one

  2. Map a connection To your QShare account 
    • Click the Finder icon on the Dock

    Finder on dock

  3. from the Finder menu bar
    • Select Go
    • From the Go sub-menu, select Connect to Server...

    Finder on menu

  4. The Connect to Server screen will open
    • In the Server Address dialogue box, enter your QShare address.
    • You can save this address in the Favorite Servers: dialogue box, by clicking the plus button button.
    • Once the server address is listed in the Favorite Servers section, you will be able to click on the address, and it will be entered into the Server Address: dialogue box for you.
    • Click the Connect button at the bottom of the screen
    • If you have access to other people's QShare directories or Group directories, follow the same instructions to create an entry for them.

    Connect to server With bookmark

  5. The Connecting To Server screen will open while the connection is being made.
    • Note: if you have a fast connection, you may not see this screen.

    Connecting progress dialog

  6. The File System Authentication screen will open
    • In the Name dialogue box, enter your NetID
    • In the Password dialogue box, enter your password.
    • Note: You have the option of having the password saved to the Keychain. If you want to do this, check the box beside Remember this password in my keychain.
    • Click the OK button at the bottom of the screen.

    Screenshot for step six

  7. If you entered an incorrect URL path to your QShare account, you will receive the following error message.
    • Confirm you have a network connection and your QShare address is correct.

    Cannot connect permission

  8. If you enter the wrong userid/password,
    • you will receive the following error message.

    Invalid password or id

  9. Once you successfully connect to your QShare account, you will be able to see all your QShare directories and files.
    • Note: the left hand navigation menu in the screen shot below. Here you see the different drives available to you from your Mac's hard drive including the  QShare (currently highlighted). On the Right hand side of the screen are the directories and files of the selected drive.
    • You are ready to work with your files. To copy new files to your QShare, you can "Drag and Drop" them into the selected folder.
    • To open a QShare file, click on the directory to open it, then click on the file you wish to open.
    • The appropriate software (MS Word for example) will be launched and the file opened.
    • When you are finished working on the file, save your file. It will be replaced in your QShare.

    Screenshot for step nine

  10. The following characters should not be used in file names.
    • < > # % " { } | \ ^ [ ] ` 
    • Note: If you receive an error message indicating you cannot save a file due to a permissions error this likely indicates that you do not have delete permissions on the file. Some applications, MS Word for example, save a temporary file, delete the original, and then rename the temporary file to the original name.

    error word editing on os x webdav mount

  11. When you are finished working with your QShare files, you need to log out of QShare by ejecting the drive
    • Return to left hand navigation menu and click the eject button

    Disk mounted in side bar

  12. If you have an open file, you will not be allowed to eject the disk.
    • Save the file or close the file without saving it
    • Click the eject button again

    Eject open file

Improving WebDAV performance on Mac OS X

The Finder gives you the option of how you want to display your files: Icon View, List View, Column View and Cover Flow. Icon, List, and Column view all have an option called Show Preview Icon. This will give you a preview of each file. This is ok for your local hard drive, but this option on a networked drives like QShare can cause slow access.

It is recommended that you do not use the Show Preview Icon option when using WebDAV to connect to QShare.

The QShare FAQ also contains information on problems you may encounter when using QShare.  

This is the end of the WebDAV Tutorial. If you would like to view the other QShare tutorials, you can choose from the list below.

  1. From the Finder menu
    • click the Show View Options

    Finder Menu

  2. The View Modes screen will open.   
    • Your choices are Column view, Icon view, and Lists view and Cover Flow view
    • Click the view you prefer to view your files in and make the recommended changes

    View Modes in Finder

  3. On the View Column screen 
    • Uncheck the box beside Show icon preview

    View Columns Screen

  4. On the View Icon screen 
    • uncheck the box beside Show item info
    • Uncheck the box beside Show icon preview
    • Click the button Use as Defaults

    screen shot illustrating above step

  5. On the View List
    • uncheck the box beside Calculate all sizes
    • uncheck the box beside show icon preview
    • Click the button Use as Defaults

    View List Screen

This is the end of this tutorial. To view more tutorials return to the QShare tutorials list. 

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