A shared folder on a network that has been associated with an available drive letter on a local PC. The result is that the shared folder behaves like a local drive on the PC.
In Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 98, and Windows 95, you can use one of the following procedures to map a network drive:
At times, it might be preferable to access a shared folder on a network by using the run command instead of mapping a drive because the run command does not require you to use an available drive letter. Choose Run from the Start menu, and then type the UNC path to the network share.