Mapped network drives: How to delete them on Windows 10

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
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If you’re wondering how to delete mapped network drives, or you have tried and they’re not going away, read on for solutions.

Mapped drives are mounted drives on your computer, usually represented by a name, letter (such as A:, B: and so on), or number.

Drive mapping is the process used by operating systems so as to associate or connect a local drive letter, with an allocated shared storage area (shared directory) or folder, to a File/network server over a network.

Once a drive is mapped (or mounted), you’ll be able to read or write files from the shared storage or shared resource, accessing it in the same way you would any other drive located on your computer.

Several computers can map their drives to the shared storage area (shared resource) and benefit from the networked space.

If you regularly or frequently need to access folders or files held on a server, without having to check your computer, cloud drive, or browsing the network, mapping a drive will save you more time and hassles.

Mapped drives are ideal particularly for organisations or institutions that hold documents on servers.

Note: If you’re unsure whether your organisation has mapped drives, check with your network administrator whether these are already set up on your computer. Alternatively, you can do the following:

  1. Press the Windows button + E
  2. Choose Computer (or This PC) on the left pane
  3. Look at the Network locations for mapped drives

If you are able to see the mapped network drives, then you can proceed to using the following four ways to delete mapped network drives in Windows:

  1. Use Windows or File Explorer to delete mapped network drives
  2. Use Windows or File Explorer to remove a network location by erasing its shortcut
  3. Use Command Prompt to remove a network location by erasing its shortcut
  4. Use Command Prompt to delete mapped network drives

Solution 1: Use File Explorer to delete mapped network drives

In order to delete mapped network drives using Windows/File Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. Right click Start then select File Explorer OR Press the Windows button + E
  2. Choose Computer (or This PC) on the left panemapped network drives
  3. Look at the Network locations for mapped drives
  4. Right click on the mapped network drive you want to remove/delete
  5. If your mapped drive is on a network location, right click and select Disconnect. If it is on a network folder or FTP site, right click and select Delete.

Once you do the above, the mapped network drives should disappear, or stop showing on your computer.

Note: to restore mapped network drives, you have to create them all over again.


Solution 2: Use Command Prompt to delete mapped network drives

In order to delete mapped network drives using Command Prompt, do the following:

  1. Right click Start button
  2. Select Command Prompt

command prompt mapped network drives

3. Type: net use drive letter/delete (for example, if you have a drive mapping using letter G, type net use G:/delete)

4. Press Enter

Once you do the above, you will receive a confirmation that the mapped network drive has been deleted successfully.

The mapped network drive will also disappear from your Windows/File Explorer immediately.

Note: this will only work for mapped drives with an assigned letter. If you have a network location mapping, like FTP or web servers, this solution will not work.

What to do if mapped network drives won’t disappear

In case you find that there are mapped network drives and locations that persist, or remain even after trying the solutions above, here two possible solutions:

  1.  Press F5 or right open File Explorer, then right click anywhere and choose Refresh.
  2. Reboot your computer.

In case you need further assistance, share with us on the comments section.

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