Mount box.net account in Windows Explorer
By on June 19th, 2006

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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  • http://bmitd67.blogspot.com Jai

    Thanks!

  • http://secretGeek.net secretGeek

    how does it perform for a flaky connection??

  • http://d.hatena.ne.jp/maida01/ maida01

    It’ great. It works on my PC, Windows 2000 Professional Japanese version.

    Thanks for very good information.

    Maida01

  • martin roberts

    Couldn’t get this to work – is the URL correct?

    Thanks,

    Martin

  • jon

    couldn’t log in even though I can log in through the web. any idea?
    thanks

  • Techie

    Hi Martin yes the url is correct and it works fine, I tried it again.

    Hi Jon, could you try with another id as the process still works fine for me.

  • jon

    hi techie,
    a stupid mistake I made: I used http instead of https, the url still works but login won’t.
    so using https works
    thanks!

  • jon

    techie,
    I can added it as a new network places but can’t map it to a drive(eg: z drive).
    were you able to map it to a drive?
    thanks

  • Techie

    Hi Jon,

    I haven’t been able to map it to a network drive, but I am trying to see if it can be done.

    I will definitely update the post If I am successfully able to do it.

  • http://abowlofcereal.com Daniel

    You can also find a box.net module for the Google homepage. Thanks…

  • Ristophe

    If box.net uses WEBDAV you could map to a drive letter using Novell NetDrive. It’s a free component (As far as I know) and a quick google search will turn up numerous download sites. It also maps FTP sites to drive letters.

  • Scott F

    I can mount, and even delete files, but I cannot copy files. When I do, I get some rather unfamiliar errors, like:

    >An error occurred while copying the file. The requested header was not found.

    OR

    >Cannot create another system semaphore.

    I was unaware of a limit on system semapores, or even what the hell a system semaphore is.

    Using Goddam Windows 2000

  • Keith

    Sorry to be unable to help you, I tried the same on my windows xp box and can copy over my files to the box.net account.

    As I had said, I have only tested it on a Windows XP box, as I have still not been near a system using windows 2000 for quite sometime.

    But still will try and get one installed on a test machine to test it out and get back to you.

    Regards
    Keith

  • Grace

    Hi this is really a nice thing to know, I can now be able to sync my files at home and office with out much efforts of having to email them to myself all the time.

  • http://parhuzamos.com parhuzamos

    I tried some solutions, but no success. Than I used WebDrive (as a WebDAV client) and it works fine. \”Even\” file copy is ok.
    If you have webdrive then you can use it also from the Windows command line like:

    net use N: \\\\webdrive\\box

    Where \”box\” is the site name in webdrive, where you set up your box.net account and N: is the new drive letter. :idea:
    This program also works fine with FTP accounts and a few other protocols.

    • kalaga1

      Got this to work like this:
      Type just “net use” in command line first. Then you’ll see a list of locations including how box network location is for your computer. Then map it with the exact location. In my win7 x64 this turned to be:

      net use n: \\www.box.net@SSL\dav

  • Heidi

    Seems to be working great for me :D
    Thanks a lot for the information.

  • Jonathan

    This looks very useful, thanks.
    Grace, what do you use for syncing? – I also want to be able to sync home and office files.

  • http://www.rmwebs.net Rick

    I cant get it to work at all, When it gets to the part for logging in, I enter my info and then press submit and it tells me that the location is invalid or does not exist :(

  • Chris

    If I try to enter it as https://, I get the \”The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another.\” error.
    If I try just http://www.box.net/dav then I am asked for username and password over and over again.
    It never connects. Did box.net make recent changes to WebDAV setup?

  • Pier

    Same for me as for Chris !! somebody has a solution!!

  • jeff

    I\’m experiencing the same thing as chris as well.

  • George

    Same for me. Do the people at box.net know about this?

  • eric

    Nor me. Soon to be sorry I canceled iDrive.

    EG

  • Tom

    Well, I was hoping this would be my webdav solution. It looks like they\’ve pulled the plug on it.

  • Jeff

    update: try using novell netdrive. it *kinda* worked for me. i can access files. but trying to open files directly ended up in my computer freezing…

    • twitter_lechu_com

      Yep! Not working any more…

      • Red

        All,

        When I visit box.net – my address bar has the ‘https’ struck-out and highlighted in red (as though not valid).

        I decided to try it again with http instead of https and it works fine!

        ;-)

        Red

 
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