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://www.hm2k.com/ HM2K

    Hi there,

    I tried to map the drive using the instructions…

    I entered the address:
    https://www.box.net/dav

    It accepts it and asks me for a username and password.

    I used the email address and password I signed up with box.net.

    The error I get is:
    The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another.

    I have tried the Windows Update, and I’m on Windows XP Home.

    The update didn’t ask me to reboot, i’ve not rebooted since the update. As I wrote this I suspect this may be the problem.

    If not, please suggest a solution, otherwise this may have solved it.

    Thanks.

  • http://thegeniusfiles.com thegeniusfiles

    It works for me in Vista; however, the upload speed for copied files is a verry slow 19KB/sec.

  • Ash

    HM2k, try

    http://www.box.net/dav

    without the ‘s’, worked for me after that.

  • http://patmigliaccio.com Pat

    Windows 7 Tested.
    Works like a charm, thank you for the quick tut.

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  • http://www.westofeast.com Robert Anthony Pitera

    This worked for me with x64 Vista and is free fro personal use:

    http://www.netdrive.net/download.html

  • Nilesh Tailor

    Awesome dude thanks

  • http://twitter.com/hexidecimal hexidecimal

    Worked great for me, just setup the new 50GB for 50 Days promotion and I was able to map the drive perfectly. Thanks.

  • Iqbal Yusaf

    Works great — thanks!

  • chopchop

    Can you reverse this process? That is unmount the network and the network drive?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501459696 Aalaap Ghag

    With the 50GB bonus currently being offered for testing the new Android app, this is just incredibly more useful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501459696 Aalaap Ghag

    With the 50GB bonus currently being offered for testing the new Android app, this is just incredibly more useful!

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    With the 50GB bonus currently being offered for testing the new Android app, this is just incredibly more useful!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506949728 Steven W. Buehler

    Doesn’t work in Windows 7 Ultimate, even after the Web Folders Update:

    \\www.box.net@SSL\DavWWWRoot\dav is not accessible….. The parameter is incorrect.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688241422 Keith Dsouza

      @Steven I am using this on Windows 7 Ultimate, did your try using https instead of http or vice versa?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506949728 Steven W. Buehler

      Keith Dsouza Yep, both ways. It didn’t work in Windows XP, neither.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589857287 Anthony Alexandroff

      Steven Buehler +1 didn’t work @ my XP even after webfolders update

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1802449489 Stian Jørgensrud

      away with the “/dav” and it totally works!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506949728 Steven W. Buehler

    Doesn’t work in Windows 7 Ultimate, even after the Web Folders Update:

    \\www.box.net@SSL\DavWWWRoot\dav is not accessible….. The parameter is incorrect.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688241422 Keith Dsouza

      @Steven I am using this on Windows 7 Ultimate, did your try using https instead of http or vice versa?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506949728 Steven W. Buehler

      Keith Dsouza Yep, both ways. It didn’t work in Windows XP, neither.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589857287 Anthony Alexandroff

      Steven Buehler +1 didn’t work @ my XP even after webfolders update

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1802449489 Stian Jørgensrud

      away with the “/dav” and it totally works!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506949728 Steven W. Buehler

    Doesn’t work in Windows 7 Ultimate, even after the Web Folders Update:

    \\www.box.net@SSL\DavWWWRoot\dav is not accessible….. The parameter is incorrect.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688241422 Keith Dsouza

      @Steven I am using this on Windows 7 Ultimate, did your try using https instead of http or vice versa?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506949728 Steven W. Buehler

      Keith Dsouza Yep, both ways. It didn’t work in Windows XP, neither.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589857287 Anthony Alexandroff

      Steven Buehler +1 didn’t work @ my XP even after webfolders update

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1802449489 Stian Jørgensrud

      away with the “/dav” and it totally works!!

  • http://www.google.com paul

    It works, in Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), using the address exactly specified in the article:
    https://www.box.net/dav

    Copying is bloody slow – about 27KB/s upload on a much faster connection. This is useless! It means about half an hour for only 26 MB.
    For 50GB it will take 23 days!

  • chad

    yes its true, so very slow. even if your internet connection is fast enough.

  • Kalle

    Anybody get a fast connection?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001935556904 Keithi Lovie

    just testing comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001935556904 Keithi Lovie

    just testing comments.

 
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