File Storage Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a variety of means to store electronic files. Data stored on ITS servers is available on campus, and off-campus when using the VPN . Automated backups are performed on ITS-managed servers on a regular basis. File restores can be requested of ITS.
- Personal Network File Storage (also known as Personal Network Share)
ITS supplies WPI computer account holders with a central file storage location where they can store their personal documents, web pages, pictures and other files. Access to this storage area can be gained from a UNIX shell or by mapping a network drive. NOTE: For ADMIN domain computers, this space is automatically mapped as the “R:\” drive.
- Business Network File Storage (also known as Business Network Share or Department File Share)
This is a network storage space defined for storing business-related files that may need to be accessed by one or more approved WPI account holders. Supervisors can request a business share be created for use by a department, workgroup, or committee by initiating a request through the Helpdesk. When submitting business share access requests or issues, please refer to the folder name (as opposed to just the Drive letter generally used to access the folder.) Access to business network file storage can be gained by mapping a network drive.
- Academic and Research Computing File Storage
The Academic and Research Computing (ARC) team supports WPI faculty and student researchers by providing essential resources, services, and expertise. The ARC team provides up to 2 TBs of enterprise level shared storage to each faculty and their groups. This shared space is to support research and core academic mission of the university.
Computer and Portable Media Storage
- Hard Drive
While this component of a personal computer provides local file storage for system files, application files and data files, it is not backed up by ITS on WPI-owned or personally-owned computers. This storage medium is quite volatile and is not recommended for permanent file storage. Due to the potential for data loss, it is recommended that you use this storage space only for temporary work on data files, or you back it up on a regular basis.
- Removable Storage
Mobile storage media such as USB Flash drives, DVDs, CDS, or external hard drives allow for the easy storage of backup files, and also allow files to easily be moved from one computer to another. This storage medium is not secure (unless purchased with special features) and can be easily damaged, therefore it is not recommended for permanent file storage.
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Last modified: May 15, 2014, 13:10 EDT