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File storage: your space on the network
If you save to the Kent network, files are backed up daily (so safer from disk failure, loss or theft than your own device).
Accessing your network folders
You can access your folder using student/staff PCs, or from your own computer (on and off campus, when connected to the network). Students and staff can save up to 1GB.
Using student PCs
Save to the Z drive or Documents folder; its your personal folder on the Kent network. To view it click Start, Computer and click the Z: folder: its name contains your username.
Click Start, Computer and save to your Z drive or departmental drive under network locations. Don't use the Documents folder, the Desktop or the computer's hard drive as they are not backed up. Apply for access to folders/resources
Accessing your files and folders
How to set up access to your folder: you can use a student or staff PC, or your own computer/laptop, from on or off campus.
To disconnect a mapped drive
Windows: right-click on the folder and select Disconnect. Mac: click and drag the folder to the Trash can on the Dock.
Back up your work
Have at least 2 copies in different places. Save work to your folder on the Kent network as well as either a USB stick, external hard drive, or online service like Dropbox, Skydrive, Google Docs.
If you use portable devices, make sure you save a copy on the Kent network too (don't have the only copy on a portable device!). On portable devices, save your contact details to a file named 'Owner' so that lost devices can be returned.
- Don't lose work opened from email attachments: ensure you 'Save As'!
- Files deleted from the Kent network can't be retrieved from the recycle bin - so only delete files you are sure you will not need again!
Connected via WiFi or VPN?
When working on a file from the network, save a copy onto your computer while you are editing it and save it back when done, or you risk losing work if your connection drops.