Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Common Drive Marriage

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, ITS combined the Admin Common Drive and the Academics Common Drive to a single Common Drive.

How to connect the Common Drive


The path to the Common Drive (M Drive) will be updated automatically when Windows is restarted. 

Mac OS X 

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. From the Go menu, select Connect to Server
  3. In the Server Address field type: smb://
  4. Click Connect

Off campus

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your Macalester username and password when prompted.
  3. Navigate to the Common folder.

Common Drive Details

  • Use the Common Drive to share or transfer files between departments that do not share G Drive.
  • Files and folders located on the Common Drive are accessible to anyone with a Macalester College network login.
  • All users have access to view, edit, and delete files stored on the Common Drive.
  • Do not share files with sensitive data.
  • Do not use the Common Drive for long-term file storage. 


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