Mapped Network Drive Not Showing in Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Nov 30, 2018 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


It's because files and folders were hidden on the mapped network drive so that they are not showing normally. We offer solutions to un-hide items in Windows 10, 8 and 7 respectively. Hope it helps. In addition, in case of files and folders disappearing from the computer hard drive or external USB disk and memory card, you can download EaseUS free data recovery software to easily bring them all back.

Case 1 - from 

Why isn't File Explorer showing my mapped drives?

"I'm using Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. My application maps a folder from D drive to a network drive Z using the Windows Network APT. When I opened File Explorer, I couldn't see the Z drive. Why and how to solve this issue of mapped drives not showing up straight away after being mapped?"

Case 2 - from

Mapped network drive not showing all files/folders for user

"I have several mapped network drives, and all of them are fine except one. The one is only showing a part of the actual content of the folder. There are probably 15 folders on this network drive, yet I see only one. What's the problem? I need your advice."

Overview of Mapped Network Not Showing in Windows 10/8/7

Do you feel helpless when drive mapping is correctly done, however, mapped drive not showing up in File Explorer, My Computer or Application? Or, not all contents including files, folders, and subfolders are normally showing in the mapped network drive, just like the user stories in the beginning.

Luckily, for you, here, we found some general troubleshooting methods that proved to be useful in fixing those commonly seen drive mapping problems on Windows computers. Hope at least one works in your case.

Solution 1. Mapped Network Drive Not Showing in File Explorer/My Computer

Because of the UAC, and the Shell runs with standard user permissions, it can't see mapped drives which were configured by your application running with admin rights. So, try the following workaround step by step:

  • Click Start, type regedit in the Start programs and files box, and then press ENTER.
  • Locate and then right-click the registry subkey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.
  • Point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  • Type EnableLinkedConnections, and then press ENTER.
  • Right-click EnableLinkedConnections, and then click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  • Exit Registry Editor, and restart the computer.

Solution 2. Mapped Network Drive Not Showing All Files/Folders

It's the most likely that files, folders or subfolders were hidden, which prevents users from seeing them all. Usually, there are two ways to recover hidden files from hard drives or external USB flash drive, etc.

Manually display hidden files and folders

In Windows 10/8.1/8

  • Open File Explorer -> click on View tab -> check the box in front of "Hidden items".

click on view tab and check box in front of hidden items to fix mapped network drive not showing files and folders

In Windows 7

  • Open File Explorer -> click on Organize tab -> select Folder and search options and open it.

click option tab to unhide files and folders on mapped network drive

  • Click the View tab -> select "Show hidden files, folders and drives" under Hidden files and folders -> click OK.

select show hidden files folders and drives to fix mapped network drive not showing all files and folders

All hidden files and folders will immediately appear on the mapped network drive.

Extra help - recover hidden files and folders with EaseUS free data recovery software

NOTE that the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, the recommended third-party recovery file recovery software, only recovers hidden files from an internal hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, pen drive, memory card and other storage media devices it detects. So far, it does not support a recovery of mapped network drive files.

To recover hidden files and folders in Windows 10, 8 and 7, three steps will do:

  • If the hidden files are on an external device, connect it to your computer first.
  • Save the recovered files to another place or location to avoid data overwriting.

STEP 1. Choose the Location.

Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and select the location. For example, if your hidden files are on D drive, just click the D drive.

select the wanted location

STEP 2. Scan the Hidden Files.

Click the "Scan" button and the software will start to scan your drive. All you have to do is wait until the process ends.

scan to find hidden files

STEP 3. Recover the Hidden Files.

After the scan, all of the results will be on the left panel. If you want to find the hidden files quickly, click the "Filter" button and select the file type or location. You can also search the file type or name to find the hidden files.

Then select the hidden files and click the "Recover" button to get the hidden files back.

recover the hidden files right away

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