File access and storage

You can access files saved in a computing facility from anywhere with your own computer.
You can access files saved in a computing facility from anywhere with your own computer.

We offer network storage spaces for files related to your coursework. Network shares are accessible from all of the workstations in our computing facilities. If you connect to the UVic virtual private network (VPN), you can even access them from your home or notebook computer.

To be safe, save at least two copies of your important documents in different places, such as your home folder, your UVic Individual Temp folder, a flash drive, or your email account. For larger projects, such as editing large videos, you may need a portable hard drive (available at the Computer Store).

Shared desktop on home

When you use any Windows computer in a student computing facility, the contents of your Desktop and My Documents will be automatically saved to your home directory on our servers. On a Mac computer, the contents of your profile (including your Desktop and Documents folders) will be deleted when you log off, but you can still access your home folder and save files to it with the shortcut on the desktop. We still advise students to back up their files in at least one other safe place.

Archive and email your files

You can email individual documents to your email account to back them up and transfer them between computers. If you have multiple files you can combine them in a single archive (ZIP file) and attach that. Many email providers will not allow you to send or receive very large files or potentially damaging files.

UVic Individual Temp (I:)

The UVic Individual Temp volume is temporary network storage space that is available to all UVic students, faculty, and staff. You may use UVic Individual Temp to store up to 400 MB of documents related to your UVic coursework. This drive is mapped as the I: drive on all of our computers. This drive is also accessible from home if you have installed the UVic VPN client.