Network Drive

What Does Network Drive Mean?

Network drive is type of computer drive that is installed and operated over a computer network – usually a local area network (LAN) .
It is shared across all /or selected users on the network and provides the same data storage and access services as a standard disk drive.

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Techopedia Explains Network Drive

Network is primarily installed on the central /network/ storage server in a local network. Typically, users access the network drive using local drive access service from their computer. In most operating system, network drive is displayed along with the locally installed drives. Based on the permissions users can copy, edit, upload and delete data on the drive. Besides the server, a network drive can also be installed on a computer, external / portable drive, NAS or any network enabled storage drive.

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