University of California, Riverside


Desktop Access

Using your Desktop Computer

In addition to the web interface, it is possible to access your iShare space from your desktop, and interact with iShare as if it were, for example, a USB drive attached to your computer; you will be able to access files directly from within applications such as Microsoft Office. Note that you cannot set sharing permissions using any of these methods; to share files, you must log in to the web interface.

Instructions for:

Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7

Computing has licensed NetDrive software for campus users to allow convenient desktop access to iShare for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users. Below are instructions for installing, configuring, and using NetDrive.

Step 1: Download NetDrive (Internet Explorer users may need to rename the file to add ".exe" to the end, as Internet Explorer may remove the file extension). Double click the installation file to begin installing Netdrive

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Step 2: Change the desired language if necessary. Click Ok to proceed

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Step 3: Click Next

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Step 4: Accept the License Agreement and Click Next

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Step 5: Click Install

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Step 6: The Program will begin installing

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Step 7: Click Finish when the program is done installing

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Step 8: Double click the Netdrive icon on your desktop to open the program

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Step 9: Click New site to configure your connection

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Step 10: You will be asked to provide a name for the connection; use iShare . step 3

Step 11: Fill in all red highlighted fields with the information shown in the image.  Instead of using jdoe, use your own UCR NetID.  You may choose any available drive letter; Z is used in this example.

Save your password and check the automatic login box so that your drive will map when the computer is started up.

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Step 12: Press the Advanced Button.  A window will popup.  Check the box that says "Use HTTPS."  Press OK.

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Step 13: Click Connect to map your drive.

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Step 14: The mapped drive will open, and display the contents of your iShare directory.

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Step 15: You can also open My Computer to use the mapped drive

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Step 16: To make changes to Netdrive, turn it off, or otherwise modify settings, use the icon to the left of your clock.

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Mac OS X 10.4-10.6.x

You can access your iShare account from your Mac OS X 10.4-10.5.x machine. By following the steps below, you can access your iShare account as a network drive and access your existing files as well as upload new files.

Step 1: Go to Finder and click Go > Connect to Server... step 2
Step 2: Enter[your netID] (e.g. and click Connect. step 3
Step 3: Enter your UCRNetID and password and then click OK. The share will mount as a disk icon in the Finder. step 4

To upload new files, simply drag the file and drop on top of the disk icon that is created after the above process is completed.

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Mac OS X 10.3 and below

Mac OS X has a built in connection using WebDAV, but it does not support a secure connection. If you use this method, your UCR Net ID and password are sent in clear text over the network. C&C recommends using a free WebDAV client called Goliath which is freely available for download.

  1. Download Goliath from their website.
  2. Install Goliath on your Macintosh.
  3. Launch Goliath.
  4. In the New WebDAV Connection screen, type[your netID] (e.g.
  5. Type in your UCR NetID in the "User Name" field and your password in the "password" field.
  6. Click OK.
  7. You are now connected to your iShare space via WebDAV.
  8. You can save this connection for future use by selecting File > Save Connection.

You can access the folder you've just created as if it were a local directory on your machine. Save files, open files, and delete files to and from this directory through any WebDAV-enabled application. You can also drag and drop files or cut and paste them directly into your WebDAV-enabled Folder.

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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg

Tel: (951) 827-3555
Fax: (951) 827-4541