How To Mount a Remote Volume at Startup

Mac OS X

Adding a remote volume hard drive to mount on your computer every time Mac OS X boots up is easy to do. The following are the steps on how to accomplish the task on this particular range of Macintosh operating systems.

  1. Boot up your system and log on using your username and password. Ensure that you also switch on the computer where the remote volume you intend to mount the volume from. You would not be able to mount the volume if that local hard drive is not available for access. Remember, you need to have administrative access before proceeding to the next steps.
  2. Connect to the Internet and make sure that you are linked to the network. Since we are going to mount a remote volume to your computer, you need to make sure that you can connect to the network just fine.
  3. Launch an open Finder window. Once you have an open finder window pulled up, go to “Computer/Network” and highlight the remote volume you want to mount. When the log on pane pops out, log in with your user account to complete mounting the remote drive.
  4. Launch “System Preferences” pane. On your desktop, hit the Apple icon to collapse the Apple menu. From the menu that populates, highlight and click on “System Preferences”.
  5. Launch the “Accounts” pane. The System Preferences is divided into five categories: Personal, Hardware, Internet and Network, System and Other. Under “System”, look for the item “Accounts” and click on it.
  6. On the Accounts pane, navigate to the “Login Items”. On the left side of the Accounts pane, you will see your user account. Make sure that you highlight your account name and then on the right side of the pane, you will see two tabs: “Password” and “Login Items”. Hit the tab for “Login Items”.
  7. Mount the remote volume to your account. Still on the Accounts pane, under the list of user accounts, you will see “Login Options”. Below that, hit the “+” button in order to pull up another window where you can set the remote volume to automatically mount each time you log in to your user account. Hit the “Add” button and locate the volume you mounted earlier.
  8. Make sure that the remote volume is already added to the list of Login Items. On the scroll box under the tab Login Items, make sure that the name of the remote volume is included in there.

Close the Accounts pane to have the new settings take effect. If you need to mount the hard drive to the other user accounts on this Mac OS X PC, just repeat the steps above. Now, whenever you boot your computer and log on to your account, the remote volume is now automatically mounted.


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