Automatically Mount a Windows Drive When Your Mac Starts

This guide will take you step by step through the process to automatically mount a networked Windows drive each time your Mac starts up.

  1. First and foremost, make sure that you have sharing enabled on your Windows computer. Then make sure you can manually mount that shared folder, and leave it mounted for the time being.
  2. Select the Apple button from your menu bar and choose System Preferences. From the System Preferences window, select Users & Groups
  3. macOS System Preferences with an arrow pointing to Users & Groups

  4. Select your User account from the column on the left side of the window, and then click the small + (plus sign) button in the bottom left side of the window.
  5. macOS Users & Groups section with an arrow pointing to a User account

  6. Enter your password in the space provided and then click the Unlock button.
  7. the macOS enter password dialogue box

  8. Select the Login Items tab. This time click the + (plus sign) button found below the Login Items panel (see screenshot below).
  9. an arrow pointing to the Login Items section in the System Preferences of a Mac

  10. Navigate to the networked drive that you want to mount each time your Mac starts up. Select that drive by clicking on it once, and then click the Add button.
  11. selecting a windows drive to automatically mount each time a Mac starts

  12. Now you’ll find a new entry in the Login Items list, and the Kind will be Volume
  13. the Login Items window with a networked windows drive included in the list

  14. That’s it! Repeat steps 5-6 for any additional drives you want to have mounted each time your Mac starts up.
  15. If you want to mount non-Windows drives, check out this guide on easily connecting to remote drives on a Mac.

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