Student storage and backups
Backing up files
There are two main ways to backup your data at the University:
- Save your data to your personal U:Drive (My Documents)
- Use a portable USB drive or other removable drive
When you work on the lab or library computers you are unable to save your work to the hard drive or the desktop of the machine you are working on. Instead you save your work to what is known as the U:Drive. This U:Drive is hard drive space on a network server that has been set aside for every student. Your U:Drive will be accessible from any computer you log onto in the Computer labs, the Library, and the Student Drop-In Centre and can only be seen by you.
Data that should be backed up is best located in one major folder eg. 'Documents' or 'Data', with sub folders for ease of management and backup. Know where you are saving files.
- Open Windows Explorer
- Browse to select your source files - these will most likely be on your U:Drive
- Highlight the folders/files you wish to back up, click and press Control-C
- Then browse to your USB drive and select the drive
- Press Control-V and they will be copied on to your drive, leaving the originals behind.
USB Drives are also referred to as memory sticks, thumb drives and flash drives. They are handy but the following is the recommended when using these devices:
- DO NOT WORK DIRECTLY OFF YOUR USB DRIVE!
- REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR USB DRIVE OUT OF THE COMPUTER!
- Save your work to your U:Drive space first, then copy over to your USB drive.
- Don't store near mobile phones.
- Attach to something (phone, wallet, keys, bag) as they are small and easily lost.