Network Drives for Students
- When logged into a campus computer, network drives can be accessed by double clicking on the "Computer" icon.
- Network drives may be accessed over the web from any location by going to https://pathfinder.bloomu.edu/. You must select "Student" as the group, before entering your HuskyID and password. After you log in, you will see a list of available network drives under the heading "File Server Access" Note: Be certain to logout when finished by clicking "End Remote Access Session".
Network Drive Information
Once students are logged into a campus computer, the following drives will appear under the "Computer" icon:
|P||Your personal network drive - (2.5GB limit) - **Explained in more detail below.|
|T||Student/Fac/Staff Public Share drive. 4 GB user limit. This drive is designed for temporary file transfer use only. Documents on this drive that are older than 7 days will be purged Sunday evening at midnight.|
|U||Class Folder (if requested by faculty member)|
|W||Webspace folder (500MB limit)|
|SkyDrive||Available to students with their Microsoft Live@EDU email account (25 GB limit). Access the SkyDrive in your web browser at http://skydrive.live.com/.|
P Drive or Sky Drive - which should you use?
- The P drive and SkyDrive co-exist.
- The P drive currently offers 2.5GB of quota and is easily accessible while working on campus computers.
- The SkyDrive offers 25 GB and is a great place to store especially large files or archive older files when your P drive is filled up.
Important P Drive Information
Each person who logs onto the network has their own personal network space to save documents. This is the P drive.
The P drive has an allotted 2.5GB of space for your use.
Benefits of saving documents on the P drive
- No one else will be able to access your files.
- Your files will be automatically backed up nightly.
- Your files will be able to be easily restored if accidentally overwritten or deleted.
- Snapshots (shadow copies) of your network files: The server provides a feature called shadow copies.
- Snapshots are created of documents saved on network at 6 am & noon daily.
- As the snapshots fill up the server disk space, the oldest files will be purged and overwritten with newer copies.
To find shadow copies of your file(s), follow these steps:
Click on the network drive you have your document stored on.
Find the folder where your document is/was; right click on it.
If your document was not saved in a folder, right click on the drive name.
Click on Properties and choose the "Previous Versions" tab - you will see documents or folders containing documents. This depends on how you organize your documents.
Highlight the document, folder, or the P drive itself and choose View or Copy. Be cautious using "Restore" - you could accidentally restore an entire folder and overwrite some documents you didn't intend to overwrite.
If a document had been accidentally deleted, right click on the folder (or drive) it was stored in before deletion to find it.
Look at the previous versions and you should easily be able to find your deleted document.
Note: The shadow copy client is only available on documents saved to a network drive. If you save something to a local drive, you will not see a tab for previous versions!