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Chapter 3. Using Your iDisk > Mounting the iDisk

3.2. Mounting the iDisk

In order to use your iDisk, you must first be connected to the Internet, either via PPP or an Ethernet connection. If you're not connected to the Internet, you won't be able to mount the iDisk on your Mac. The reason why you need to be connected to the Net is because all iDisks use a protocol known as WebDAV for mounting shares hosted at Apple (actually, hosted off of the main IP address of 17.250.248.77).

If you have a Finder window open, the quickest way to mount your iDisk is by simply clicking on the iDisk icon, located in the upper section of the Finder window's Sidebar. When you click on the iDisk icon, the Finder collects your .Mac member name and password that you've set in the .Mac preferences panel (System Preferences → .Mac → .Mac) and sends that information off to Apple's server. If the .Mac member name and password matches the information stored on Apple's side, your iDisk mounts on your Desktop and the contents of your iDisk become viewable in the Finder window, as shown in Figure 3-3.


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