How to Access Apple iDisk from Windows 7

November 26, 2010, By Christian Cawley

Mac users are endowed with access to a remote storage solution called “iDisk” – a great feature that Windows users have only recently had the advantage of with the Windows SkyDrive. These type of remote storage are great for saving vital documents to, as well as providing a useful “share space” for retrieving larger document and files from without resorting to USB flash devices.

However did you know that if you own an Apple computer, you can access your iDisk from a Windows PC?

Access iDisk from Windows Explorer

This is a great feature for anyone with a dual computer setup, and configuring Windows Explorer to access your iDisk is remarkably easy!

Setup iDisk for Windows

To get started with this procedure, you will need to begin by running a Windows Update and installing all the latest security updates. This can be done via Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update. Once you are all up to date, you should then visit Microsoft in order to download the Windows Software Update for Web Folders.

Once downloaded, run Webfldrs-KB907306-ENU.exe – this will then install the update to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Folders by default. This should be downloaded for XP or Vista, and also runs on Windows 7.

The security and web folders updates will allow you to securely connect to your iDisk from your Windows PC without worrying about missing out on the security features that Apple already includes in OS X for this type of connection.

Add an iDisk to Windows 7

Access to your iDisk can be achieved by going to Start > Computer > Map network drive, a button found in the toolbar. It can also be found via Tools > Map network drive….

Assign the drive a letter, and then in the Folder field enter:

http://idisk.me.com/[YourMemberName]

Substitute [YourMemberName] for your actual Apple account name. To have this link to your iDisk setup permanently, tick the Reconnect at login box.

Click Finish to proceed; you will be asked for your Me.com username and password to complete the setup of adding your iDisk to Windows.

Using, Troubleshooting and Removing iDisk from Windows

With your iDisk now accessible as part of Windows Explorer, there are certain things you can do that will enable you to use your PC with more flexibility. For example, you can select your iDisk as a location to download material from the web to, like images and PDFs, just as easily as you can open it and browse the disks contents. As long as you have an active network connection you will be able to access it.

If you run into any problems with the iDisk – for instance it might not let you save, or has stuttering connectivity, there are certain things you can try, beginning with rebooting your PC.

Once this is done, check your username and password are correct, and that your username is entered as lowercase letters. You can also delete the connection you have made above and make another in the same manner, possibly this time altering the URL to “http://idisk.me.com/[YourMemberName]/

(note the additional “/” at the end).

Removing the iDisk is simply a case of going to Start > Computer, pressing ALT on your keyboard and going to Tools > Disconnect network drive…, where you can simply select and remove the web disk.

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