Mapping the Y Drive

Select your operating system to view step-by-step instructions on connecting to the Y drive. Download the instructions as a DOCX (Microsoft Word) or PDF file by clicking the appropriate download link.  If you are not on campus, you will first need to connect to BUMC VPN before attempting to connect to the “Y” drive. 

Windows 7/ Vista

Download this file as DOCX PDF


  1. Click on the Start button in the lower left and then click Computer (image)
  2. Click Map network drive from the title bar (image)
  3. Specify the drive letter (Y for Personal and Z for Department) and map the type \\\bumcfiles\ and press OK. (if you are on a hospital computer or if \\\bumcfiles fails use \\\bumc)
  4. Navigate to the inside of the folder you wish to map.
  5. Ensure Reconnect at logon is checked and click Finish. (image)
  6. A Map Network Drive box may appear as the folder is located connects. If this box hangs, cancel the attempt and ensure network connectivity and folder location is typed correctly. The Browse button may simplify the location process. (image)
  7. Once the network folders are mapped, shortcuts can be added to the desktop by clicking on the drives and dragging them to the desktop. (image)
  8. The network drives will appear with their full folder location and will need to be renamed. Right-click on the drive and rename it to its appropriate description (“Y Drive” or “Dept”) (image)
  9. When finished, the shortcuts should appear as shown below. (image)

Windows XP

Download this file as DOCX PDF

  1. Press Start and then Run (image)
  2. In the Run box, type \\\bumcfiles\ and press OK. (image)
    (if you are on a hospital computer or if \\\bumcfiles fails use \\\bumc)
  3. Navigate to the inside of the folder you wish to map. (image)
  4. Select the address so it is blue, then on the Edit menu choose Copy. (image)
  5. On the Tools menu choose Map Network Drive. (image)
  6. Right click in the Folder field and choose Paste to insert the address you copied.  Select a different drive letter if you do not like the one provided.  If you want to map the drive as someone other than the user logged into Windows, press “Connect using a different user name” and proceed to step 6. Otherwise click Finish. (image)
  7. Enter the BU login name you wish to map the drive as, preceeded by AD\ as shown.  Press OK and then Finish. (image)

Mac OS X

Download this file as DOCX  PDF

  1. At the top of the desktop window from the Finder, select Go> Connect to Server (Or use the keyboard shortcut Command +K) (image)
  2. Enter the Server Address of the network drive: smb://
  3. Click the + to add the Server Address to your Favorite Servers. Click Connect.  (image)
  4. An Authentication Window will open
  5. In the Authentication Window, select Registered User and enter your BU username and password with “ad” before your username (ad\username) and Kerberos password and click Connect (older Mac OS- click OK) (image)
  6. The drive is now mounted. (image)