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

  1. Click on the Start button in the lower left and then click Computer
  2. Click Map network drive from the title bar
  3. Specify the drive letter (Y for Personal and Z for Department) and map the type \\ad.bu.edu\bumcfiles\ and press OK. 
  4. Navigate to the inside of the folder you wish to map.
  5. Ensure Reconnect at logon is checked and click Finish.
  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.
  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.
  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”)
  9. When finished, the shortcuts should appear as shown below.

Mac OS X

  1. At the top of the desktop window from the Finder, select Go> Connect to Server (Or use the keyboard shortcut Command +K)
  2. Enter the Server Address of the network drive: smb://ad.bu.edu/bumcfiles
  3. Click the + to add the Server Address to your Favorite Servers. Click Connect.
  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)