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What is the U: Drive?
All users are allocated disk space on the network servers. This space is referred to as your U: Drive and can be used to store your files from one session to another. It is your responsibility to maintain this disk space. Students are allocated 1GB of disk space while staff are assigned 3GB.
Note: Access to your U: Drive will be automatically disabled and content will be deleted when you are no longer a registered student at NUI Galway.
How do I access the U: Drive in the PC Suites?
Once logged in double-click My Computer and then the U: Drive icon.
In order to see how much disk space is available to you, double-click My Computer and then the U: Drive icon. From the File menu, select Properties. Your free space will be displayed graphically as the magenta area in a disk space pie chart. Do NOT save your work to the Desktop, as files saved there will not be available to you when you next login.
File Naming Schemes
Under Windows 7 file names can be up to 129 characters. File names should be as succinct as possible and meaningful identifiers e.g. ThesisCh1 for the first chapter of a thesis. The non-alphanumeric characters / : * ? < > " | cannot be used in file names.
A three or four character file extension (which is usually hidden) generally describes the file type. Common file extensions are .txt for text files, .xls or .xlsx for Excel spreadsheets and .doc or .docx for Word documents.
Directories and Sub-Directories
A directory is a collection of files in a given area. As you create files they are created in your top-level directory in your home area (U: drive) unless you specify otherwise. A directory can contain sub-directories that can be used to organise files. Files with a common theme can be put in one sub-directory. For example all files relating to Project1 could be stored in a sub-directory called project1. Similarly files relating to Project2 could be stored in a sub-directory called project2. This makes the management and finding of files easier as you create more and more files in your home area.
To create a sub-directory, double-click My Computer and then the U:Drive icon. From the File menu, select New and then Folder. A new folder (directory) will be created. To bring order to your folders, you can click on View menu and select Arrange Icons. Icons (in this case folders) can be arranged by name, type, size, and date depending on your preference. To see what is contained within a given folder, double-click on that folder. To close any window, click X at the top right of that window.
Backing up your files
It is impossible to stress how important it is for you to backup your files from your home area to USB/CD on a regular basis. There are a number of ways to back up your work:
From the File menu, select Save and save to the U: drive. Select the Save As command to save the file with a different name. This will give you two copies in your U: Drive.
- Use the Drag & Drop facility within My Computer to copy files from the U: drive to USB. Click once on the file in question, hold down the mouse button whilst dragging the file over to the USB drive icon and then let go of the mouse button. A copy will be made.
- In My Computer, from the Edit menu, select Copy when the file you want to copy is selected (left click). At the USB drive icon, from the Edit menu, select Paste.
How does space get used up?
Your U: Drive contains many files. Some of these files are automatically created for you when you start certain applications. You create most of the files when you save your work. e.g. Word documents are saved as .doc files. Many applications create temporary files whilst they are being run. Temporary files usually have the file extension .tmp or start with the ~ character. If an application which creates temporary files, closes down unexpectedly, i.e. crashes, you may well end up with a number of temporary files in your directory, which you will have to delete manually.
Deleting unwanted files
As a regular exercise you should delete all unwanted files from your U: Drive. Be careful not to delete files you may need again. It is in your own interest to manage your disk space. Shortage of disk space may also cause some applications difficulty in starting or they may crash whilst you are using them. To delete files from your U: Drive, click on the file you want to delete. This file will now be highlighted blue. Now either press the Delete key on the keyboard or select Delete from the File menu. To delete multiple files, hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard whilst clicking on the files you want to highlight for deletion. Click on a file a second time to remove the highlighting. Before the files are deleted you will be asked to confirm your request.
How do I access the U: Drive off-campus or using Wi-Fi (NUIGWiFi or Eduroam)?
Getting extra disk space
If, after you have deleted all unwanted files, you still require additional space you may apply for additional disk space by contacting the Service Desk, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 091 495777.
M: or N: Drive
What is the M: or N: Drive?
The M: or N: Drive is an area of file storage on the campus network which is made available to staff and researchers who wish to share files in a collaborative way. Note: If staff wish to share files with undergraduate students, it is recommended that the Q:Drive is used.
Why might I use the M: or N:Drive?
Staff who wish to share files in a collaborative way with other staff can use the M: or N: Drive as it provides central network file location. Files placed onto the M:Drive can be read, copied, modified or deleted by other staff who have permissions to access that M:or N: Drive.
How do I access the M: or N: Drive in the PC Suites?
Once you have requested and been assigned rights to a specific folder on the M: or N: Drive, double-click My Computer and then the M:Drive or N:Drive icon. The folder which you have been asigned rights will be displayed.
Note: If you have not been assigned rights to a folder, the M: or N: Drive folder contents will appear blank.
How do staff access the N: or N: Drive from their desktop computer?
- Windows users
Once you have requested and been assigned rights to a specific folder on the M: or N: Drive, and login to your PC or laptop on campus using your campus account credentials - double-click My Computer and then the M: Drive or N:Drive icon.
- Macintosh users
Go to https://myfiles.nuigalway.ie/
How do I access the M: or N: Drive off-campus or using Wi-Fi (NUIGWiFi or eduroam)?
How do staff request access to write to the M: or N: Drive?
Contact the Service Desk to log a support ticket for access to the M: or N: Drive (please specify the folder name). Please note that students will not be granted access to the M: or N: Drive.
If you have any queries about the M: or N: Drive, please contact the Service Desk.
What is the Q: Drive?
The Q:Drive is an area of file storage on the campus network which is made available to staff to facilitate distribution of files to students.
- Note: If staff wish to share files in a collaborative way with other staff, it is recommended that the M: or N: Drive is used.
Why might I use the Q: Drive?
Using the Q: Drive can simplify the distribution of e.g. lecture notes to students; however, ISS recommend that Blackbaord is used for this purpose Files placed onto the Q: Drive can be read and copied by students, but not modified or deleted. Students are advised to take a copy of the file from the Q: Drive to their own personal network storage space (U: Drive) before attempting to edit it.
How do I access the Q: Drive in the PC Suites?
To access the Q: Drive in the PC Suites, double-click the Q: Drive icon in the main Novell-delivered Applications window (NAL). An Explorer window displaying the Q:Drive contents will open and drive Q: on your computer will be mapped to the Q: Drive on the network for the remainder of that logged-in session.
How do staff access the Q:Drive from their desktop computer?
For staff who do not use a M/N Drive, access to the Q:Drive is available from your desktop computer as follows:
- Windows users - Desktops which are connected to UDS (University Domain Service), the Q:Drive is mapped automatically and is visible when you open Windows Explorer.
- Macintosh users - Go to https://myfiles.nuigalway.ie/
How do I access the Q:Drive off-campus or using Wi-Fi (NUIGWiFi or Eduroam)
How do staff request access to write to the Q:Drive?
If you have any queries about the Q: Drive, please contact the Service Desk.