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Q. What is this data storage/Home Directory, and why should I use it?
A. Server space has been provided to house your personal data files. This data file space is accessed using the Home Directory, or U: Drive. It is a good idea to locate any important data you have in your Home Directory because files that you place there will automatically be backed up nightly. If your computer crashes, your important files are still safe on the server. If you log onto other computers anywhere on campus, your Home Directory will always be available. Files that are located in your Home Directory will also be made available to you from off campus via a secure FTP program.
Q. How do I get to it?
A. When you log onto your campus or lab computer, drive letter U: is automatically mapped and available from within the My Computer Icon. From off campus or from the campus residential network (Resnet), you can install a free FTP program to access your files. For further instructions, click here.
A. When you use your campus or lab computer, you must use a Secure FTP client for accessing your U:drive. From off campus or from the campus residential network (Resnet), you can install a Secure FTP program to access your files. For further instructions, click MacOS X or click MacOS 9.
Q. How much space do I have?
A. Each Faculty/Staff member will have 500 Mb of storage and each student will have 250 Mb of storage.
Q. How much space is this compared to a zip drive, flash drive, or my desktop hard drive?
A. The zip drives in use tend to be 100 or 250 Mb. Flash Drives (that connect to the usb port) tend to range from 32 Mb to 1 Gig, and the desktop hard drive ranges from 10 to 80 gig (at the time of this writing). You can check the size of a folder on your hard drive by right clicking on the folder and click "properties". Again, it is emphasized that this personal storage space administered by ITS is for working space only. It is strongly advised that files intended for long-term storage are either burned to a CD or saved to a flash drive.
Q. What happens if the network or server goes down?
A. As you save files to your home directory, a process will automatically run that will also place a copy of your file on your hard drive. In the event of a network or server failure, you will still be able to access your Home Directory exactly the same way as if there were no problem. For this process to function correctly, you will begin to notice "Synchronization" messages each time you logon and logoff your computer. You will also notice that your files in your Home Directory are all marked with a small blue arrow on them indicating that the file will be available if something happens to the network or server.
A. Files are only accessible when a network is up. It is encouraged that you work off of your local computer and use the U: drive as a means to transfer important files for backup and for the ability to access from multiple locations.
Q. What kind of files can I place in my Home Directory?
A. This is your personal space and there are no restrictions on how you utilize it. However, the process that ensures the availability of your data in the event of a network or server failure does not allow the caching of database files or Microsoft Outlook .PST files. If you do save this type of files, you will see a synchronization error when you log on and log off your computer. Please be aware that this is for extra protection against data corruption in this type of files.
Q. Can others see my files?
A. No. The security settings on your Home directory permits only you to access it. Your home directory is considered your personal space. If you want to share your files, they can be housed on a different server.
Q. How can I tell how much space I have left in my Home Directory?
Windows 2000 and XP Users
A. A shortcut "CheckHomeQuota" will be available at your Start menu that you can launch at any time to view your usage statistics. You will also receive an information popup window as you approach your quota limit if you have the Messenger Service running (in the Services Control Panel).
Windows 98 Users
A. An icon named "InstallCheckQuota" will be placed on your Start Menu. When clicked, it will launch a short installation wizard. Accept all of the default settings and when finished, right click on any file or folder in your home directory and select properties. A new tab will be visible called "NTP Quota & File Sentinel." When you click on the tab, it will display usage statistics for your home directory.
A. File Sizes are displayed after you have successfully logged onto your U: drive. There is no automatic warning when your limit is being approached.
Q. If I run out of space, can I have my quota increased?
A. No. In fairness to the rest of the campus community, and limitations in total disk space available, no considerations will be given to requests for additional space. Your personal disk space is intended as "working" space, not "archival" space. You should periodically either burn files onto a CD for archival purposes, or transfer them to a USB flash drive or zip disk.