Wednesday, July 08, 2020

How do you store your data?

Individual data storage for ESF students is generally handled 2 ways: storage you carry with you and storage that stays on the network. Storing data directly on any ESF public/lab PCs is not supported. 

Storage you carry with you: The most common carry-away storage is the USB flash disk. These come in a variety of capacities and are infinitely forgettable. PLEASE remember to safely remove your flash drive from the PC that you are using (and log off/restart) before you leave. 

Storage that stays on the network: Each student is given storage space on the network that is tied to their SU NetID. Where ever the student logs in, their data follows them. You can access this space through the 'H:' drive on any public/lab PC at ESF and SU. Note that some departmental labs are not included in this and the H: drive will not appear in those locations. The H: drive can hold up to 10 GB of data. Though this is a relatively small amount, it is convenient in that it follows you from location to location as you log in and can not be left behind (unless you forget to log off when you are finished). Faculty and Staff can use either their ESF or SU H: drives, or their Google Drive, for network and cloud-based storage that will always follow them.


Please switch to USB storage devices (USB flash drives) as soon as possible as your 'carry with you' form of storage. New public PCs purchased at ESF no longer come with floppy or zip disk drives.