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Working With Network Drives


This documentation contains information on the following topics:

What are Network Drives?


Rather than saving your documents on your computer's hard drive and backing up on an external drive, you can save onto a drive which is backed up nightly by LTS. It is accessible off campus via a VPN connection or through web access.

UW-Eau Claire owned Windows computers automatically map to your H drive and the W drive on campus. Mac users need to connect to drives each time the computer is disconnected from the network.

How you map a network drive may vary slightly depending on the operating system you are using. Not sure which operating system you have? This link will take you to a page on the Help Desk's site to figure it out.

Please refer to the Digital Storage Tool for more detailed information on campus network storage data_store_itlocations available to you, including storage space available, the purpose of the drive, quota policies, how to access drives, and pertinent security information.

Windows Operating Systems


The process for mapping network drives on campus varies slightly depending on the computer you are using. The directions below should cover the different situations you may encounter. The directions are fairly general, but should apply to Windows 8, 7, and Vista.

Campus Windows computers (e.g. campus lab computers, classroom teacher stations, office computers) will automatically connect to your H: drive and the W: drive (deptdir) upon login. Here is how to connect (map) to additional drives you may wish to view.

Map Network Drives on Campus

In order to access a network drive, you must first map that drive.

  1. Click the Start menu icon  Start Menu and select Computer.

    Note for Windows 8 Users:
    If you are working with Windows 8, you will instead open File Explorer File Explorer and select Computer from the panel on the left. Then, when you click the Computer tab at the top of the window, the ribbon will appear. Continue to follow the directions as listed below.

  2. In the Computer window, click Map Network Drive. The Map Network Drive pane appears.

  3. In the Folder text box, type the server name. Insert your UWEC username where it says "username." See common server names in the table shown below.

  4. Use the Drive pull-down menu to select the appropriate letter for the drive you are mapping.

  5. Optional: To preserve this mapping each time you log on, select Reconnect at logon.

  6. Click Finish.

  7. Before connecting to the newly mapped drive, you may be prompted to enter your username and password. Do so, and click OK.
    The drive is mapped and ready to be accessed.

Mapping on a Personal Computer?

If you are mapping a drive on your personal laptop on campus, you must add uwec\ before your username when you are asked to log in. If you do not do this, it will not let you access the network drive. Notice as you do this that the Domain changes to uwec.

Example: uwec\username

Disconnecting a Network Drive

  1. In the Computer window, right click on the network drive you wish to disconnect.

  2. From the list, select Disconnect.

Mac OSX


In order to access network drives, you must connect (map) to them. On a Mac, drives must be reconnected each time an Internet connection is lost.

Map Network Drives on Campus Computers

  1. Click Finder Finder

  2. On the top toolbar, click Go, and select Connect to Server. The Connect to Server window appears.

  3. In the Server Address text box, type the address of the drive you wish to map. Insert your UWEC username where it says "username." See common server names listed in the table shown below.

  4. Optional: Click the Add (+) button next to the Server Address text box to add the drive to your list of favorite servers on that machine. This will allow you to quickly connect to the drive the next time you wish to do so.

  5. Click Connect.

  6. Before connecting to the newly mapped drive, you may be prompted to enter your username and password. Do so, and click OK.
    The drive is mapped and ready to be accessed.

Mapping on a Personal Computer?

If you are mapping a drive on your personal laptop on campus, you must add uwec/ before your username when you are asked to log in. If you do not do this, it will not let you access the network drive. Notice as you do this that the Domain changes to uwec.

Example: uwec/username

Disconnecting a Network Drive

  1. In the Finder window, click the 'eject' button to the right of the network drive name.

Network Drive Addresses


Below is a list of the network drives available. For more details regarding these drives, view the Digital Data Storage Tool.

Drive Description
Home Drives (H:)
Each UW-Eau Claire student, staff, or faculty member has an H drive for storing personal university-related documents. Only you can access your H drive; it is not meant for sharing files. Below are the addresses; insert your UWEC username where it says "username."

Windows - staff: \\staff.uwec.edu\username$
Windows - students: \\students.uwec.edu\username$

Mac - staff: smb://staff.uwec.edu/username$
Mac - students: smb://students.uwec.edu/username$
Department Drives (S:)
Set up for university departments to share files among the department's staff members. Replace "dept" with your department's name.

Windows: \\staff.uwec.edu\deptsh$
Mac: smb://staff.uwec.edu/deptsh$
Projects Drive (P:) Provides large amounts of storage space for projects, commonly video assignments. Note that there is an assigned deletion date.

Windows: \\mass.uwec.edu\projects
Mac: smb://mass.uwec.edu/projects
People Pages (L:) Since this is web enabled space, do not store private information in this drive. (e.g. blugold card #'s, social security #'s, or grades)

Windows: \\lucy.uwec.edu\username$
Mac: smb://lucy.uwec.edu/username$
Instructor & Student Drive (W:) Allows for instructor/student collaboration and file sharing. Sometimes referred to as "deptdir" due to the address of the server:

Windows: \\students.uwec.edu\deptdir
Mac: smb://students.uwec.edu/deptdir
Drive for Media Viewed from the Web Windows: \\desi.uwec.edu\sharename$
Mac: smb://desi.uwec.edu/sharename$
Departmental Software Drive (J:) Windows: \\students.uwec.edu\software$
Mac: smb://students.uwec.edu/software$
Archive Drive Windows: \\mass.uwec.edu\archive$
Mac: smb://mass.uwec.edu\archive$

 

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