Storing files on your computer’s hard drive vs. network drives.

Do you save files on your desktop?

Saving files and folders to your desktop can significantly lengthen the time it takes your computer to log you on and off.  More importantly, we cannot recover/restore anything saved to your computer's hard drive if it is deleted or corrupted due to a computer crash!

How do I know if it’s saved to my computer?

Right-click on the file and then click on “Properties”.  If the location shows a “C:\\” in the beginning of the path, it’s currently saved on your computer's hard drive.

So, how do you speed up your RRU computer and protect your data?

We recommend that you always save your files to a network drive.

Z: - Use your [username] (\\AberSAN-2\home.dirs) (Z:) for files that you don’t want to share with others.  

O: - Use the appropriate departmental folder on the Communities (\\AberSAN-2) (O:) drive for any files you wish to share.  Use the private directory to share with members of your department and the public directory to share with the rest of RRU staff.

You can create your own personal folder system on your “Z” drive and organize the folders to meet your demands.  If you really want access to your files and folders on your desktop, you can create a shortcut on the desktop to easily access your files and folders.

This way, all of your files and folders will be available to you from any RRU networked computer you log on to.  So you won’t have to "run back to your office" to retrieve a file.  Even if you are working from home using Sentinel, your files and folders are right there on your Z: drive!  How cool is that?

You also get the added benefit of regular, nightly backups, saving you time and effort to rebuild any lost data if your computer crashes.  After all, how many of you backup the data stored on your computer?

Optional:  Create a file or folder shortcut on your desktop.

  1. Use Windows Explorer to open up the appropriate network drive'
  2. Right-click on the file or folder you want.
  3. Hover your mouse pointer over the Send to... line (This will open a sub-menu).
  4. Select Desktop (create shortcut)

You are done!

Note:  You can also right-click and drag the icon for the file/folder to your desktop, then select “Create Shortcut”.