It is your responsibility to take ownership of your data somewhere outside of your computer in a secure location. There are many options for how to do this. Even when your computer is running normally, it is important to back your data up because you never know when something will go wrong with your computer. If you do not know how to back your data up, you can bring your device and an external hard drive down to the University Technology Helpdesk. We will not back up the files for you, but someone will help you through the process.
The University Technology Helpdesk will NOT accept your computer for repair unless you have your data backed up somewhere externally.
Your F: Drive
Your F: Drive is a network drive that Drew has provided for you to use as storage space for academic documents and data. You start out with 100 MB. More space can be added by request, but students can only have a maximum of 200 MB of space; staff and faculty can have up to 1000 MB.
Drew PC Access
If you have a Drew PC, you only need to be logged in with the Windows Log on and your network drives will automatically appear.
- You simply have to open Computer and you will see your F: drive there.
Drew Mac Access
- If you have a Drew Mac, you must be logged in on campus as well to directly access the F: Drive.
- Open the Finder and go to your Applications Folder.
- Open Self Service.
- Click on the Drew Network link in the Categories menu on the left hand side of the screen to gain access to the drive.
- Click on the Connect button underneath Personal "F" Drive.
- You will be asked to enter your Drew uLogin credentials. Make sure that Registered User is selected, enter your password, and click Connect.
- A new window will appear connecting you to your F: drive and the files and folders it contains.
You may also access your other network drives using the following instructions here.
Off Campus and Non-Drew Device Access
The F: Drive is accessible off campus and from non-Drew computers/devices as well. Using a web browser, go the https://myfiles.drew.edu/ and you will see all of your network drives. You will use your Drew uLogin information here.
Departmental Drives (Fac/Staff Only)
Faculty and Staff also have access to the G: drive for their storage needs. It can be accessed like the F: drive. Your G: drive will be shared with everyone in your department. DO NOT save personal or private data there.
You can learn more about Google Drive and its storage options by following this link: https://support.google.com/drive/?hl=en
Flash Drives are small, portable storage devices. These can hold anywhere from 1 GB - 50 GB nowadays. Some even more. While they are getting less expensive as time and technology advances, the more storage it offers, the more expensive the device typically is. These are helpful for transporting important files around with you.
External Hard Drives
External Hard Drives are exactly what they sound like. They are large storage devices, many having 1 TB or more for storage. These are the best options for backing up your computer's files since it typically has the most storage space. Some come with programs installed to help you back your files up with, but most are just plug-in then drag and drop.
To back up your files in Windows:
Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore.
Do one of the following:
If you've never used Windows Backup before, click Set up backup, and then follow the steps in the wizard. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
If you've created a backup before, you can wait for your regularly scheduled backup to occur, or you can manually create a new backup by clicking Back up now. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
If you have a Mac computer, you can set up Time Machine with an external hard drive to back up your entire computer. You can find more instructions here.