To encourage data security and to prevent interruptions in productivity, the Office of Information Technology encourages all users to store their work- or class-related documents on the network storage space provided. Network storage space is provided as follows:
- The G: drive is for files that only you need access to.
- The P: drive is for files that you would like to be able to share with all users across campus.
- The S: drive is for files that you would like to share with others in your department or working group.
These network drives are backed up regularly and are continually scanned for viruses.
It's important that users save important data either to their network storage space, to a cloud storage account (see the "Cloud Storage" section below) or to some other media. This way, in the event of a catastrophic data loss (e.g., if your computer's hard drive fails), your data is still safe.
If you accidentally delete or overwrite a file on a network drive, it can often be recovered by using the "previous versions" feature of Microsoft Windows -- simply right-click on the folder that contained the file(s) in question and select the "Previous Versions" tab. Use this feature carefully, as it's possible to overwrite more recent files very easily.
Contact the I.T. Help Desk if you require assistance with data recovery.
As an alternative to your network storage space, you can use cloud storage space to back up your work. Some free cloud storage providers include: