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. These drives are 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.
Please refer to the Digital Storage Tool for more detailed information on campus network storage locations available to you, including storage space available, the purpose of the drive, quota policies, how to access drives, and pertinent security information.
|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.
|Projects Drive (P:)||Provides large amounts of storage space for projects, commonly video assignments. Note that there is an assigned deletion date.
|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).
|Instructor & Student Drive (W:)||Allows for instructor/student collaboration and file sharing. Sometimes referred to as "deptdir" due to the address of the server.
|Drive for Media Viewed from the Web||Windows: \\desi.uwec.edu\sharename$
|Departmental Software Drive (J:)||Windows: \\students.uwec.edu\software$
|Archive Drive||Windows: \\mass.uwec.edu\archive$
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.
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.
In order to access a network drive, you must first map that drive.
To map a network drive on a computer with Windows 10,
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.
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.
When on campus, the connection procedures for a personal computer are the same as those for campus computers. In step 3, make sure to enter the full domain when typing in the server address.
EXAMPLE: smb://mass.uwec.edu/projects will work on personal machines and campus machines, but smb://mass/projects will only work on campus machines.
To disconnect a network drive in Mac OS X, simply locate the icon for the network drive on your desktop and drag it down to the trash can. The trash can will temporarily change into an "eject" icon.
(Optional) You can also hold down the control key and click on the network drive icon. An option will appear to eject the drive.
When not on campus, there are 2 ways to securely access your Network Drives. You can map them from off campus, much like you would on campus, or you can use Web Access to view and edit the contents of your drives from any web browser.
If you are not on campus, there are two ways to map drives to a personal computer:
NOTE: Windows users will be asked to enter their username and password. Enter uwec\ before your username.
This method provides Internet access to your H: drive and W: drive and allows read/write permissions. You can open, edit, save, create, and delete files just as if they were in a folder on your local computer.
NOTE: You do not need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection when using Web Access, even from off-campus.
Type the appropriate URL:
The Connect to dialog box appears.
In the User Name text box, type your UWEC email address.
In the Password text box, type your password.
The files and folders on your H: drive appear. If you look in the navigation drive on the left-hand side of the screen, you will also see your W: drive and projects drive available as well.
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