ExpanDrive with AWS S3

This post describes how to mount AWS s3 as an external drive in Windows 10 using ExpanDrive which is a SFTP/FTP client.

  • On AWS IAM console, create a user with the proper permission policy and boundary to access S3.  Either AmazonS3FullAccess or AmazonS3ReadOnlyAccess policy is a good place to start.
  • After an user is created, be sure to download the user’s credential.  This will involve two keys:
    • Access key ID example: AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE
    • Secret access key example: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY
  • For an existing user,  create his key pair by the following steps:
    • Open the IAM console.
    • From the navigation menu, click Users.
    • Select your IAM user name.
    • Click User Actions, and then click Manage Access Keys.
    • Click Create Access Key.
    • Click Download Credentials, and store the keys in a secure location.
  • Download trial ExpanDrive software from https://www.expandrive.com/
    • It’s free for 7 days
    • A license cost about $50
  • Execute the downloaded set up program
  • Follow instruction here to connect to the AWS s3 account.