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How to access files on Synology NAS within the local network (Windows) (DSM 4)

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Overview

Synology DiskStation is designed to make storing and sharing files within your local network quick and simple, allowing you to directly access shared folders and files on the DiskStation without going through the hassle of logging into DSM everytime. For example, you'll be able to access files on your DiskStation with Windows Explorer just like other network devices.

This article guides you through the steps of using your Windows computer to access your DiskStation within the local network.

Not a Windows user? If you want to access your DiskStation with a different operating system, please see these tutorials for Mac OS or Linux.

Contents

  1. Before You Start
  2. Enabling Windows File Service
  3. Accessing Shared Folders with Windows

1. Before You Start

This article assumes that you have already done the following:

  • Set up your Synology DiskStation.
  • Installed Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) on your DiskStation.
  • Created at least one volume (see this tutorial).
  • Created at least one shared folder (see this tutorial).
  • Create at least one user with access privileges to the shared folder (see this tutorial).
  • Installed Synology Assistant on your computer.

For information about basic hardware and software setup, please refer to the Quick Installation Guide for your Synology product. In addition, you can also see Synology DiskStation User's Guide for additional information related to this article. Both documents are available at the Synology Download Center.

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2. Enabling Windows File Service

Before accessing any shared folders, you might have to change the system settings of your DiskStation in order to allow sharing with Windows computers.

  1. Log into DSM with an account belonging to the administrators group.
  2. Go to Main Menu. Nas
  3. Open Control Panel. Nas
  4. Go to Win/Mac/NFS. Nas
  5. Go to the Windows File Service tab.
  6. Check the box Enable Windows file service.
  7. Click Apply. Nas

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3. Accessing Shared Folders with Windows

Once you have enabled Windows sharing services, you can start accessing shared folders on your Synology. There are three methods to do so:

  1. Map a shared folder as a network drive using Synology Assistant.
  2. Use the Run Window.
  3. Use Windows Explorer.

3.1 Mapping Shared Folders as Network Drives using Synology Assistant

  1. Go to Start and run Synology Assistant. Nas
  2. Wait for Synology Assistant to search your local network for Synology devices.
  3. Select your DiskStation from the list of detected devices. Nas
  4. Click Map Drive. Nas
  5. Enter your DSM user name and password. Click Next to continue.. Nas
    Can't Access the Shared Folder? The user account you enter here must have access privileges for the shared folder that you wish to map.
  6. Choose the shared folder that you wish to map as a drive. Click Next to continue. Nas
  7. Choose a drive letter from the Drive drop down menu. Checking the box marked Reconnect at logon allows you to connect to the shared folder automatically when you start up Windows. Then, click Next to continue. Nas
  8. Confirm the settings you have chosen. Checking the box marked Open the mapped drive opens the shared folder immediately after completing configurations. Click Finish. Nas
  9. Finally, you will be able to see and access the shared folder under the Computer section of Windows Explorer. Nas

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3.2 Connecting with Windows Explorer

  1. Open a Windows Explorer.
  2. In the address bar, enter the device name of your DiskStation preceded by two backslashes (\\). For example, if the device name of your DiskStation is “MyDiskStation,” then you should enter “\\MyDiskStation” in the search field.
  3. Press the Enter key. Nas
  4. Enter your DSM user name and password. Click Next to continue. Nas
    Can't Access the Shared Folder? The user account you enter here must have access privileges for the shared folder you wish to access.
  5. Finally, your DiskStation will open in the Windows Explorer and be accessible under Network. Double-click a shared folder to explore its contents. Nas

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3.3 Mapping with Windows Explorer

  1. Open a Windows Explorer window and go to Computer. Nas
  2. Click Map network drive. This action makes the Map Network Drive window appear. Nas
  3. On the Map Network Drive window, choose a drive letter from the Drive drop-down menu. Nas
  4. In the Folder field, enter the device name of your DiskStation and shared folder name preceded and separated by backslashes. For example, if the device name of your DiskStation is “MyDiskStation,” and the name of your volume is “Share1,” then you should enter “\\MyDiskStation\Share1.” Click Finish when ready. Nas
  5. Enter your DSM user name and password. Click Next to continue. Nas
    Can't Access the Shared Folder? The user account you enter here must have access privileges for the shared folder you wish to access.
  6. Finally, a Windows Explorer window appears. Your shared folder will now be mapped and accessible under Computer. Nas
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