How to Access FilePOD’s SD Card Using WebDAV in Microsoft Windows Explorer File Manager

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There are two main ways to access files on filePOD’s SD card. One is using the standard USB Mass Storage Mode; the other is to use a built-in WebDAV server. 

In this article, we will show the process behind utilizing a WebDAV server. Please note that when using the WebDAV approach, while you can access the SD card from your host computer using native file manager applications (e.g. MacOS Finder or Microsoft Windows Explorer), filePOD’s 2-way-sync applications (e.g. Dropbox and Google Drive) can be accessing the SD card simultaneously.

Using WebDAV to access files on the FilePOD’s SD card does not require any third-party software. Windows 10 operating system can all do this out-of-the-box.

Windows Explorer has built-in WebDAV support. On your Windows 10 computer, start Windows Explorer (See Picture 1).

Picture 1: On your Windows 10 computer start Windows Explorer application

To access a WebDAV server on FilePOD simply type its address into the location box. For example, you’d enter http://myfilepod.io:3000 (See Picture 2). If a username or password is necessary, you’ll be asked for it and you can provide it when prompted.

Picture 2: In location box type http://myfilepod.io:3000

You can also use the Add a Network Location wizard for this. The wizard shows you how to properly enter the path to a WebDAV server. It also provides a Browse dialog that will scan for nearby shares on your local network and provide an easy list so you can add them.

On Windows 10, right-click This PC in the sidebar (See Picture 3).

Picture 3: Right-click This PC in the sidebar  to open the pop-up menu

Click  “Add a network location”  on the pull-down menu and the “Map Network Drive” pop-up window will appear (See Picture 4)

Picture 4: Click  “Add a network location”  on the pull-down menu to open “Map Network Drive” pop-up window

In the Folder text field enter http://myfilepod.io:3000 and click the Browse button (See Picture 5).

Picture 5: Enter http://myfilepod.io:3000 and click the Browse button

A shortcut for the network location will appear under This PC or Computer when you’re done, giving you easy access to the remote location in File Explorer or Windows Explorer (See Picture 6).

Picture 6: A shortcut for the new network location will appear 

You can rename this and give it a shorter name, such as MYFILEPOD (See Pictures 7, 8 and 9).

Picture 7: Right-click on the new network drive shortcut to open the pull-down menu and click Rename
Picture 8: Rename giving  it a shorter name, e.g. MYFILEPOD 
Picture 9: Network drive with a new short name MYFILEPOD

A shortcut for the network location appears under This PC or Computer when you’re done, giving you easy access to the remote location in File Explorer or Windows Explorer. Now at any time, you can access the content of the FilePOD SD card by simply clicking on the MYFILEPOD Drive under This PC in the sidebar or click on the MYFILEPOD Drive icon under Devices and Drives (See Pictures 10 and 11).

Picture 10: A shortcut for the network location appears under This PC or Computer  “Devices and drives”
Picture 11: Click on the MYFILEPOD(Z:) shortcut to open and show a content of any directory in that drive

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