Disconnect a Network Mapped Drive in Windows OS

NOTE: You must be connected to the College VPN in order to access College network drives from off-campus.  If you are NOT connected and cannot access a network drive, please connect and try again before going through these steps.

If you are experiencing issues with network drives being inaccessible to you, and you have tried rerunning the mapping script, you may need to manually disconnect the drive and reconnect.  Here's how.


  1. Open File Explorer from the taskbar or the Start menu, or press the Windows logo key  + E.
  2. Select This PC from the left pane. 

  3. Next, choose the drive letter and folder location for each drive that you are experiencing an issue with.  Note, these drives may have a red X over them if you are experiencing connectivity issues with them.

  4. Right-click on the drive you wish to disconnect from, this will bring up a pop-up menu.  Click Disconnect.
  5. The drive will now disappear from your list.  To reconnect to the drive either rerun the VPN mapping script or manually reconnect the drive(s).  To learn how to manually reconnect click here for instructions.


Article ID: 136169
Fri 1/14/22 12:12 PM
Fri 1/14/22 12:12 PM