Network Drive Mapping in Windows 10: How to Connect to Your RAID Array Successfully


“As an expert in network configurations, could you guide me through the process of mapping a RAID array as a network shared drive in Windows 10? Despite setting the array to share over the network and attempting to map it, I’m encountering a login prompt. I’ve been advised to use the format IPV4 Address\Username, but neither this nor the system account’s email or username seem to work, resulting in an ‘invalid info’ error. What steps should I take to resolve this issue?”


Mapping a RAID array to be accessible over a network on Windows 10 can be a straightforward process, but it can also present login challenges if not configured correctly. If you’re encountering a login prompt and receiving an ‘invalid info’ error, there are several steps you can take to troubleshoot and resolve the issue.

Step 1: Verify Network Discovery and File Sharing Settings

First, ensure that Network Discovery and File Sharing are enabled on both the host and client machines. This can be done in the Network and Sharing Center by selecting ‘Change advanced sharing settings.’

Step 2: Confirm Share Permissions

On the host machine where the RAID array is configured, right-click the shared folder, select ‘Properties,’ navigate to the ‘Sharing’ tab, and click on ‘Advanced Sharing.’ Ensure that ‘Share this folder’ is checked and verify the permissions to ensure that the user account trying to access the share has the necessary permissions.

Step 3: Check User Account and Password

The login prompt typically requires the credentials of a user account on the host machine. Double-check that the username and password being entered are correct. If you’re using a Microsoft account on the host machine, try the full email address associated with that account.

Step 4: Use Correct Network Credentials Format

The format for entering network credentials is usually `\\IPV4Address\Username`. Ensure that you’re using double backslashes before the IP address and that you’re entering the correct IP address of the host machine.

Step 5: Disable Password Protected Sharing

If you’re still facing issues, you might want to disable Password Protected Sharing temporarily to test the connection. This option is also found in the ‘Change advanced sharing settings’ menu.

Step 6: Use Local User Account

If the Microsoft account or domain user account does not work, consider creating a local user account on the host machine specifically for network sharing purposes.

Step 7: Firewall and Antivirus Check

Sometimes, the firewall or antivirus software can block network sharing. Verify that your firewall or antivirus settings are not preventing the connection.

Step 8: Update Windows

Ensure that both the host and client machines are running the latest Windows updates, as some updates may contain fixes for network sharing issues.

Step 9: Restart Devices

After making changes to the network settings, restart both the host and client machines to ensure that all settings take effect.


By following these steps, you should be able to successfully map your RAID array as a network shared drive in Windows 10. If you continue to experience difficulties, consider consulting the Windows 10 support forums or contacting a professional for further assistance.

Remember, network configurations can vary widely, and what works for one setup may not work for another. It’s important to understand the specifics of your network environment and the devices involved. If you’re still having trouble after trying these steps, it may be helpful to reach out to a network specialist who can provide personalized assistance.

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