I dont want to mount a folder or
another drive using SMB in Mac OS X. I
want to map a folder or another drive
like I can in Windows - using a drive
letter. When I map I can be sure that
if the resource becomes unavailable,
the mapping remains. When a user tries
to reconnect to an unavailable
resource, Windows attempts to bring
that resource back before it produces
a resource unavailable failure.
The quick answer here is.
The Mac OS X does not know what a drive letter is, nor what do with it. The reason Windows does that is a convulted mess, but...
Drive letter assignment is the process
of assigning alphabetical identifiers
to physical or logical disk drives or
partitions (drive volumes) in the root
filesystem namespace; this usage is
now found only in Microsoft operating
systems. Unlike the concept of UNIX
mount points, where volumes are named
and located arbitrarily in a single
hierarchical namespace, drive letter
assignment allows multiple
highest-level namespaces. Drive letter
assignment is thus a process of using
letters to name the roots of the
"forest" representing the file system;
each volume holds an independent
"tree" (or, for non-hierarchical file
systems, an independent list of
So, how can you reproduce this? Well, using an automount would be fairly close to what you are asking... But that requires editting the autofs file, and requires the username / password to be hard coded...
That's bad security...
So, as the answerer in the other page said...
If it is a network share just drag the
mounted disk to the Login Items tab of
the Accounts System Preference pane
under the account of your user. The
disk will then be automatically
mounted on the next login.
Or, place a alias of the share on their desktop... Have them click on that and it'll prompt for their credentials... And mount the share....
Or... This isn't quite the best way I would recommend to do it, but it'll work...
This is an apple script for Map Network Drive
tell application "Finder"
mount volume "afp://username@server/directory_to_mount"
You have to save as application.
Set it run everytime you logon computer by Go to system preferences -> accounts -> Login item
"GNARLODIOUS" is in (list disks)
if the result is false then
mount volume "smb://hostname/sharename" as user name "Username" with password "password"
if "DISKNAME" is not in (list disks) then
mount volume "smb://hostname/sharename" as user name "username" with password "password"