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Drive Mappings

Network Drives

On your computer, you could see various drives.  For example:

  • C: hard drive
  • D: DVD
  • E: removable storage

Network Drives are a different kind of drive. You can save items on your network drive in the same way you could your local disk drives. Network drives are shared storage areas that are created by IT. Different network drives are used to do different things, some save files like cloud storage and others allow you to share files between different authorized members of your department.

The network drives should automatically appear for employees with EKU-issued Windows PCs or for students logging in to computer lab PCs.  If the expcted network drives do not,  please conttact the IT Service Desk.

N: Drive

  • Contains files/folders for all EKU administrative areas and colleges
  • An administrative area is any area not related to a particular college (Financial Aid, Registration, Records, IT, etc.)
  • Mapped under "This PC" as the N:Drive
  • Privacy: Internally viewable by those assigned within your department or college. NOT viewable by the general public
  • If you need access to the N Drive you can put in a ticket here. Please include your username, EKU ID number, and the path that you will need access to

Connect this resource by opening "This PC," choose "Map network drive" from the toolbar, and enter this information:

  1. Drive Letter: (choose N:)
  2. Network Path: \\\filesrv\Cifs\ekudata
  3. Check the box for "Reconnect on login" and it should always show up

If you'd like to create a shortcut on your desktop follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the desktop and choose "New" and then "Shortcut"
  2. In the "Create Shortcut" dialog box, type this: \\\filesrv\Cifs\ekudata
  3. Click Next
  4. Enter the name for the shortcut, like "N Drive" in the next dialog
  5. Click "Finish"

Request access to the N Drive

P: Drive

  • University-wide projects are located here
  • Users may work on a project with other departments without compromising the security of their N: Drive
  • Mapped as P: Drive in "This PC"
  • Privacy: Internally viewable by those assigned. NOT viewable to general public

If you need to map the drive to your computer use this path: \\\filesrv\Projects

L: Drive

  • Student lab accessible drive
  • Faculty store documents/folders that students can view in labs
  • Mapped as L: Drive in "This PC" with path of \\\filesrv\Cifs\labs

Q: Drive

  • Contains files/folders that are potentially needed for all Faculty and Staff at EKU
  • Includes various software packages, University Forms, and technical documents
  • Mapped as Q: Drive in "This PC" as \\\filesrv\Cifs\eku_pub
  • Privacy Level: Internally viewable by those assigned. Not viewable by the general public

U: Drive

  • User storage space (2 gigabyte)
  • Employee personal files may be stored here
  • Mapped as U: Drive in "This PC" as \\\filesrv\Cifs\user\%username%
  • Privacy: Files on this drive are seen only by the employee

U: Drive Support Article

W: Drive

Employees:  Access was disabled as of June 1, 2017


  • Storage drive (1 gigabyte)
  • Do NOT put any sensitive data on the W drive
  • \\\users\yourStudentUserName

Note:  yourStudentUserName is the first part of your email address before the @ symbol

Quick Instructions for Mac

From the "Go" menu, choose "Connect to Server"

In the window presented, enter one of the six items:

  • For the L: drive: cifs://
  • For the N: drive: cifs://
  • For the P: drive: cifs://
  • For the Q: drive: cifs://
  • For the U: drive: cifs://

If the preface cifs does not work, update the operating system or try smb in place of cifs.

Note: replace emailusername with your email username, typically your last name followed by the first letter(s) of your first name

Quick Instructions for PC 

In the "This PC" window, click on "Map Network Drive" and enter the following information: 

In the window presented choose the letter and enter the following address: 

  • For the L: drive enter: \\\filesrv\Cifs\labs
  • For the N: drive enter: \\\filesrv\Cifs\ekudata
  • For the P: drive enter: \\\filesrv\Projects
  • For the Q: drive enter: \\\filesrv\Cifs\eku_pub
  • For the U: drive enter: \\\filesrv\Cifs\user\%username%   (copy and paste this without modification)
  • For the faculty W: drive enter: \\\myweb\emailusername
  • For the student W: drive enter: \\\users\emailusername

Contact Information

IT Service Desk