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Central File Server: How to connect to your H: drive with Mac OS X computer
Macintosh OS X: How to connect to the Central File Server and mount your H: Drive


Mac OS X is equipped with built-in Samba technology that allows it to map your personal account on the Central File Server and view it as a folder. This is much like mapping your H: drive on a Windows computer (the way it appears on a cluster computer). Make sure your computer is properly networked. For complete networking information for OS X, see Solution 9262.

If you are not on campus and cannot access the Princeton network, you will need to use VPN (Virtual Private Networking) to connect to your H: drive. For instruction, see

To connect to the Central File Server using OS X 10.5 or newer

  • In the Dock, click Finder
  • From the Go menu, choose Connect to Server or from the keyboard type Command-K
  • In server address, enter smb:// and click Connect
  • Select Connect as Registered User. Enter your Princeton netID and password.
Last Updated:
May 18, 2016

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