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  • Network Drives - Connect to network drives with a Mac



    Connect to your P-Drive or T-Drive on a Mac OS X computer.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent Apple security updates, Macs using OS X 10.7 and 10.10 may have problems with T-drive connectivity. Please see this article to learn more.  

    1. Hold down ⌘ + K  to open the Connect to Server window
    2. Type the file path for the network drive you want to access
      • Student P-Drive:          smb://oitfs1/Students
      • Faculty/Staff P-Drive:  smb://oitfs1/Fac-Staff
      • TEAM aka T-Drive
        • OSX 10.7 thru 10.9: smb://
        • OSX 10.10:              smb://
    3. Click the +  button and then the Connect button
    4. Use your SU username and password to log in.

    Detail: Step by step:


    Seattle University "TEAM" drive is a secure network folder designed to store and share University business-related data.   TEAM folders are accessible via University-connected Macs and PCs; while PCs will auto-connect to the TEAM folder, Mac workstations require manually connecting to the server hosting the TEAM folder.   

    Each University department and office is provided with a unique, secure T Drive.  Access permissions to a department's TEAM folder are managed by a T Drive "folder manager, usually a person within that department.  Any SU faculty, staff, or student can be granted access to a department TEAM folder by that folder's T Drive manager.  

    The P-drive is a secure network "Personal" folder, that is only accessible by one person.  It provides a space for academic work or whatever else. Forget your laptop? No problem. If you save your work to the T Drive or P-drive, then you can access it from anywhere at any time with an internet connection.



    Prerequisites: Prior to connecting to network drives, you will need to establish a connection to the campus network.

    Step 1: Click on the Go menu. (If the Go menu is not an option, click on your desktop background to make it appear.)

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    Step 2: Select Connect to Server.

    Step 3: In the Connect to Server window, enter your network drive file path as the Server Address.

    • Student P-Drive: smb://oitfs1/Students
    • Fac/Staff P-Drive: smb://oitfs1/Fac-Staff
    • TEAM aka T Drive:
      • OSX 10.7 thru 10.9: smb://
      • OSX 10.10:              smb://  (** note only one "team" in the name **)

    Step 4: Press (+) to add the network drive address to your Favorite Servers.

    Step 5: Select the network drive that you would like to connect to, and then click Connect.

    Step 6: A Connecting to Server window and progress bar will appear.

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    Step 7: When prompted, enter your Seattle University username and password. Your computer will display the name of the user currently logged in. If you are using an SU computer, then your SU username should already be displayed. If you are using a personal computer, then you will need to enter your SU username and password.

    Step 8: The network drive will now be accessible under Shared. You can now access the folder from Finder or when opening/saving files in an application.

    Below image: successfully connected to the P Drive.

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    Below image: successfully connected to the TEAM drive.  Open the TEAM folder, not the T-drive folder.


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    Last Reviewed on: 2015-01-02