Access and Saving on the College Server
Advantages of Saving on the F Drive
Safety: IT Services encourages the use of your "F" Drive ("H" drive for students) for saving files on the network server. Your files are duplicated in "real time" onto mirrored hard drives in a location with smoke, water, heat and motion detectors. These files are backed up nightly.
Flexibility: The system is able to recognize accounts at different campus locations, thus making files easily accessible when logging into a lab computer. When doing instruction in a classroom, presentation in a lecture hall, or other facilities on campus, you can retrieve your files via your login.
More security: Files saved on your local computer can be easily stolen by anyone who gets physical access to your computer. Files saved on the network server can only be accessed by your password.
Emergency access and computer upgrades: When your office computer requires a repair or especially when the hard drive goes bad, you can easily access your files from another office computer or work in a lab. IT Services has a limited number of spare computers to swap into your office. Saving the files on the server allows you an alternate until your computer is able to be replaced. Whether receiving a new computer or an upgrade, there is no guarantee that important files will all be retrievable on your old system. Saving them on your "F" Drive insures their location in a single place.
Disk Space Limits
Checking your space: Double-click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. Click just once on the icon of the hard drive that has the letter "F." On the status bar at the bottom of the "My Computer" window, you will see the capacity and free space available for your personal area.
Limits: Faculty, staff, or departments requiring additional space for special needs should contact the IT Services help desk. Due to physical disk limits on the server, equipment costs, and time for backups at night, there is a space limit by any one individual on the server.
Archive: As regular maintenance of your files, or when reaching the upper limits of individual disk space, there are 3 ways to archive them off your personal "F" Drive:
- USB flash drive (thumb drive)
- External hard drive
- "Burn" them onto a CD-RW Disc using the CD/RW drive. You can change the information on one of these disks about 1000 times. A disadvantage is that this can only be read from another computer that has a CD/RW drive. Contact the IT Services help desk for assistance in CD burning.
All Students, faculty and staff have been provided with space on the Network for saving and managing files. Following the instructions below will help to prevent the loss of files if your local computer crashes.
Saving Files to Your Home Directory
Why do This? Our home drive is:
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