Option 1: Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8).
Step 1. Open Windows Explorer (pre W8) or File Explorer (W8).
Step 2. In the Explorer window address field, type either the NAS Hostname or IP Address and then press Enter.
Example 1: Type in \\seagate-d2 then press Enter.
Example 2: Type in \\192.168.1.53 then press Enter.
Step 3. A window will open listing shares on the NAS.
Step 4. Opening a private share will prompt for a username and password. After entering the correct information the share will open.
NOTE: Public shares can be opened without authentication.
Option 2. Run command access.
An easy way to open the RUN window (also called Run Command) in any flavor of Windows is by pressing Windows Key + R key (Press and hold the keyboard key which has a tiny Windows logo and then press letter R).
Step 1. Press and hold Windows key + R key.
Step 2. Type in: \\NAS IP or \\NAS Host Name (see the examples above).
Mapping a Drive Letter to a Share Folder on the NAS
The share’s drive letter is now available in (My) Computer.
In this example, the following screenshot shows that the NAS was accessed by Hostname and a Public share was used.
Note: To have the right-click option to ‘Map Network Drive’ with a private share, you must first authenticate with a Username and Password.