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OneDrive, U drive, and W drive

As OneDrive is now available to all staff via the web and desktop application, Technology Services asks that staff members transition to using this as the primary method of data storage. Moving forward, we encourage all staff to follow the guidelines laid out below:


Locally stored data

All work files and folders currently being stored on your Desktop, or in your local C:\ drive (including Documents, Downloads, Photos, Music, Videos, etc.) should now be transferred into your OneDrive account. This can be done easily once you have the desktop application installed by copying or dragging your files and folders into the OneDrive directory. 


Once you've moved any existing data from your local computer into OneDrive, we recommend saving all work files and folders directly to here from now on. This provides you with several benefits, including

  • the ability to access files from anywhere - on, or off campus - by logging into the web app
  • large data storage capacity of 5TB
  • as well as the fact that your data is always automatically backed up to the cloud. 

We do not recommend using your account to store personal files, as this facility is provided by SCU for the express purpose of accessing, backing up, and protecting university related data (this policy also applies to local storage on SCU computers). For any personal files you may need to access while on campus or when using staff machines, we advise using a USB hard drive.

Please note: when setting up new computers or re-imaging staff machines, our technicians do take the utmost care to ensure no data is lost. However, moving forward we are unable to guarantee the retention of files that are not stored in OneDrive, as this is now SCU's method of storage and is fully backed up in the cloud.


U drive data

As OneDrive can be accessed from any computer - both on, and off campus - and has a large storage capacity, SCU will no longer be relying on personal U drives for data storage on Windows10.

As suggested above with the local folders, please transfer any work data currently located in your U drive into your OneDrive account. Again, this can easily be done by copying or dragging the files and folders from the U drive into the OneDrive folder on the left-hand side, once the OneDrive application is installed.

Once staff are upgraded to Windows10 in the current migration, the U drive will no longer be accessible, therefore we highly encourage all staff to copy their data out before being upgraded for the smoothest possible transition.


W drive data

All information currently stored on the shared W drive will remain as it is, and should not be moved. No changes are being made to the process or structure of the W drive, and the data stored here will continue to be backed up by TS.


For further assistance or information regarding transferring your data into OneDrive, or data storage processes, please see this article or feel free to contact the Service Desk.


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