Mount box.net account in Windows Explorer

Mount box.net account in Windows Explorer
Mount box.net account in Windows Explorer
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Update: If you are unable to mount Box.net as a folder, please read the fix for mounting box.net as a drive in Windows for the solution.

Recently while I was doing some blog reading I came across an article on TwisterMc which talked about how to mount box.net account on a Mac PC.

While I was happy reading it still I couldn’t use the same on my Windows XP box, so I did a bit of research and voila I found a way I could mount my box.net account in Windows Explorer.

Box.net free online storage spaceBox.net is a online storage place which allows you to store files upto 1 GB online for free, It also has paid options for more storage space online. Using Box.net you can access your files from any computer that has an internet connection, uploading files is easy too.

Netvibes the popular start page also has box.net as an integral module.

Here is the simple way in which you can mount box.net as an additional network folder or drive in Windows XP ( I have not tested in any other environment but it should work )

To do this, right click on My Network Places in your explorer menu and click on Map Network Drive.

Select Map Network Drive

You will get a screen which is something like the screen shot below. In that click on Sign up for online storage or connect to a network server.

Map network Drive

Clicking on the link should bring up another screen as shown below, In this click on next which will take you to a screen which verifies your internet connection, once that is done you will get an option to Choose another network location as shown below, highlight that option and click on next.

Add Netwodk places in windows

Choose network location

In the next screen you will be asked to specify the Internet or Network location, in that box add https://www.box.net/dav and click on next, you will be prompted to enter your box.net user name and password, enter the information and click on the Ok button.

Add Box.net url

Login with box.net credentials

If the login is successful you will see another window which asks you to specify a name for the network drive I have entered it as Techie Buzz Box.net, you can name it accordingly.

Type a name for the mounted drive

If all goes well you will see the confirmation screen as shown below Clicking on finish will mount this drive to your network places and you can simply copy paste files to those drives from your Windows Explorer to your Box.net mounted drive.

Add network finish screen

You can easily access the mounted drive by going to My Network places the next time. You can copy and paste your files to the mounted drive or copy from your mounted drive to your local machine, dosen’t this make it easy to share your files online with different users.

Copy files to box.net from windows explorer

View Files stored on box.net in windows explorer

Note: It will ask you for your authentication details while you try to use it.

If you still need some more storage space, you may also want to read how to use Gmail as a storage device.
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