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Saving your work

One of the most important aspects of using the computer systems is saving your work safely. The recommended area to save your work is your personal network storage (also called U: drive). This is space on the network server computers that can only be accessed by your username and password. It is very fast and backed up regularly.

When using the learning resource centre computers DO NOT store any of your work on the Desktop or the C: drive as it will be deleted as soon as you log out.

You can also store work on CDs/DVDs, USB flash drives or external hard drives.

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 CD/DVD USB Flash Drive External Hard Drive

USB Flash Drives are really useful for moving work between your own computer and the university computers however you should never rely on them to store the only copy of your important documents. They can be easily become lost or damaged.

Email attachments

Another method some students use to move work between home and the University is as an email attachment. If you choose to do this you must ensure that you save your attachment correctly or you could lose work.

When you open an email attachment, before you work on it, click on Save As and select your U: drive as the Save In location.

If you just click on Save you will not be able to retrieve it after you have closed it.

My Files

The University Portal also has a facility called My Files, which allows students to access their files and gives them the ability to download, upload, rename and delete files in their U:Drive from an external computer using an internet connection. 

Lost or found a data storage device?

If you find either a USB memory stick, SD card or hard drive please hand it in to library or LRC staff. They will make every effort to identify and contact the owner from the contents on the device e.g. a CV or similar. To assist in this it is a good idea to create a simple Word file that just contains your name and save it to any new USB stick you intend to use.

Staff will keep the device for 3 months and if they are unable to identify the owner or make contact then the device will be securely disposed.

If you do find a USB stick please do not keep it for your own use. The data on such a disk can be both invaluable and irreplaceable and keeping a lost USB stick for your own use is theft.  


Page last updated on Monday 30 January 2017 at 2.58pm.


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