Accessing USC Drive on Windows and Mac Computers

This page provides instructions on how to connect to a computer running the Windows or Mac OS X operating system to USC Drive.

NOTE: To connect to USC Drive, you must be on the USC wired network, USC Secure Wireless network, or connect to USC’s virtual private network (VPN).

Connecting to USC Drive from a Windows Computer

To connect to your USC Drive account from a computer running the Windows 7, 8, or 10 operating systems:

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Left-click File Explorer. NOTE: In Windows 7, this will be the Windows Explorer.
  3. USCDrive Windows File Explorer

  4. Right-click Network under This PC.
  5. OneDrive Windows Explorer

  6. Left-click Map network drive…
  7. USCDrive Windows Map network drive

  8. On the Map Network Drive screen:
    1. Choose the drive letter you wish to use for USC Drive from the Drive: pull-down menu.
    2. Enter the folder address, \\uscdrive.usc.edu\uscdrive, in the Folder field.
    3. Check the Connect using different credentials box.
    4. Click Finish.
    5. USCDrive Windows Network Folder

  9. On the Enter network credentials screen, in the first field, type ADS\ and then your USC NetID username. For example, if your USC NetID username was “ttrojan,” you would enter: ADS\ttrojan.
  10. In the second field on the Enter network credentials screen, enter your USC Net ID password and click OK.
  11. USCDrive Windows Network credentials

  12. Your USC Drive folder will open in File Explorer.
  13. USCDrive Windows Opened

  14. From now on, the USC Drive folder will now appear on the left side of your File Explorer window. You will place files in this USC Drive folder when you wish to upload them to your USC Drive account.

Connecting to USC Drive from a Mac OS X Computer

To connect to your USC Drive account from a computer running the Mac OS X operating system:

  1. From your the Finder menu on your desktop, click Go.
  2. USC Drive Mac Finder

  3. Select Connect to Server.
  4. USC Drive Mac Go copy

  5. In the Server Address field of the Connect to Server screen, enter the USC Drive address, smb://uscdrive.usc.edu/uscdrive.
  6. Click the plus (+) symbol to save USC Drive as a favorite server and then click Connect.
  7. USCDrive Mac Connect to server

  8. On the credentials screen, in the name field, type ADS\ and then your USC NetID username. For example, if your USC NetID username was “ttrojan,” you would enter: ADS\ttrojan.
  9. Enter your USC NetID password and then click Connect.
  10. USCDrive Mac Credentials

  11. Your USC Drive folder will open in the Finder window.
  12. To add your USC Drive folder to your desktop:
    1. Click Finder.
    2. Click Preferences.
    3. USC Drive Mac_Finder

    4. On the Finder Preferences screen, check the box next to Connected servers.
    5. USC Drive Mac_FinderPreferences
      The USC Drive icon will now appear on your desktop.
      USCDrive Mac Icon on Desktop

    Getting Help

    For assistance connecting with and uploading files to USC Drive, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.