With the advent of Windows 7, the CU DriveMapper; a utility that would automatically populate a user's network drives (H, I, and J) to the My Computer menu, is now obsolete. When Windows XP was decommissioned, the script that ran DriveMapper became too out of date to use. To mimic the functionality, the Tech Center has encouraged users to map network drives manually to their desktop, or access them by typing the file path into the Start menu. Keep in mind, this is only necessary on personal computers and non-Concordia issued machines. CU issues machines already have all potential network drives mapped.

Mapping Tool

There is now a tool available that will allow users to map their network drives the same way that the DriveMapper did. It's incredible simple to use, and takes almost no time to complete, and can be used over and over again. Follow the steps below to for instructions on how to use:

1. If you're off campus, the first thing you need to do is connect to the VPN. Instructions on that can be found here.

2. Download this file and extract it to your desktop.

3. After running the above file, the Map Network Drive icon will appear on your desktop. Double-click to run.

4. This is what the Map Drives utility looks like when open. Choose from the Drive: list the letter that you would like your drive to appear as, and type the direct file path for the drive you want to map. For this example, I chose to name my drive K, and I am mapping it to my H drive.

5. The two check boxes are to automatically regenerate the connection when you log in to your computer, and if you need to log in with different credentials. Make sure the first one is checked!

Common Destinations:
  • Staff/Faculty H Drives: \\ntdom.cupdx\FS-Storage1\usersc\username
  • Student H Drives: \\ntdom.cupdx\FS-Storage1\userss\username
  • I Drive: \\ntdom.cupdx\Storage1\mall
  • J Drive: \\ntdom.cupdx\Storage1\allusers

6.Click Finish. A small dialog box will flash on and off your screen, then your drive will appear in your My Computer menu, as so:

And that's it! You're done. Now, you can delete the Map Network Drives shortcut off your desktop, or save it to a location on your hard drive if you want to use it again.


One of the nicest things about mapping drives using this method is that it allows your network files to be visible through applications like Sync Toy or Microsoft Office programs. Shortcuts are not typically 'findable' when browsing to a folder location, but, as you can see from the example, using the Map_Network_Drives wizard eliminates this issue.

Sync Toy:

Microsoft Word:


If you are having problems mapping your Network Drives, or have questions, please contact the Tech Center via email at support@cu-portland.edu.

Updated by Steven Quirk 10/10/13