Map an FTP drive, Add a Network Location in Windows 10/8/7

If you are looking for a way to add a network location or map an FTP drive and access files & folders on an FTP server, in Windows, natively, then this post may help you. You will be able to have one-click easy access to your files on networked locations via the Windows File Explorer.

Map an FTP drive, Add a Network Location

Map an FTP drive

You can create or map a drive directly to your FTP site from within Windows. To do so, open File  Explorer > Computer (This PC). Right-click and select Map Network Drive.

Map network drive option

In the box which opens, type the FTP address or the path to your network drive or browse to it using the Browse button. Your folder Properties must be set to Shared in order to map it as a network drive. You will get the setting under Properties > Sharing tab > Advanced Sharing > Check the Share this folder option.

Check the Reconnect at sign-in option to make the mapping permanent. If you plan to use credentials from the networked computer to access the shared folder, check the Connect using different credentials option and click OK. You will be asked to enter the username and password Next.

Map network drive wizard

You will now have to enter the credentials for the user account, using the following format in the username name field so that your system knows which networked computer it is going to connect to – Computer\Username.

Once you have done this, you will be able to see it in Explorer.

Add Network Location

If you wish to add a Network Location, when you right-click on My PC (See the first image), select Add a network location. From the Map FTP Drive box, you can also select the link at the bottom that reads, Connect to a website that you can use to store your documents and pictures.  The Add Network Location wizard will open. Click Next and then Choose a custom network location. Click Next again. Now specify the Internet or network address or browser to the location. Click Next.


Uncheck Log for anonymously and give the username & password. Click on Next. Give a name to the networked location, when asked. Click Next again. Now select Open this network location when I click Finish.


You will be asked to enter your credentials, and once you do so, you will be connected to your network drive or your FTP drive or your website.


This is quite useful if you need to connect your computers together for sharing files, store files online or run a website.


  1. The folders you map should be set to SHARE before you can access them via drive letters
  2. If you are trying to access a drive from another computer, it should be ON and running; even if the computer is sleeping, you cannot access that drive
  3. You should know the credentials of the folder, computer, or website you are trying to map or connect as a network drive
  4. Download FTP Drive tool from It makes several things including adding a drive letter easier
  5. Use Network Drive Control to make Windows automatically map network drives by network name when you log in.

If you want, you can also download and use one of these free FTP Clients for your Windows PC. How to set up and use SIP Server on Windows may also interest some of you.

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