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Teaching desk & lab PCs

Change of Documents and Favourites folder location

The following change applies to those who use teaching table PCs or PC labs, where you are logging in to a computer which is not your own.

What is changing?

In File Explorer, or Open/Save dialogues in applications, the location used for Documents (aka My Documents) is changing from the N drive to a new Profile location.  Your Favourites, if you use them, is also changing to this new Profile location. This applies to teaching desk PCs and PCs in the PC labs.

Why we are making this change?

Our N drive provision is being phased out this year. The storage location for your files should be OneDrive for Business (ODfB), which you can access from anywhere and any device.

Some applications are unable to save directly to a Cloud storage location such as OneDrive, so we are providing a network Profile location for use with these applications.

Unlike your N drive, your Profile is only accessible on campus and should be used as a temporary store during a class or teaching session. If you do save any files to your Profile, you should copy these to your University OneDrive account at the end of your session (especially if you need to access them away from the teaching desk or lab PC). 

For more information about OneDrive for Business, please see the DTS OneDrive webpage.

Important information 

Please remember to upload files from your Profile to OneDrive at the end of your session as you will not be able to access them from off campus. You can access your OneDrive by going to office.com (you may need to log in again).

If you forget to copy the files at the end of the session, you can access the Documents folder from any teaching desk or PC lab computer on campus and logging in. Profiles will be backed up nightly so that files can be restored if needed. 

Ensure you give the files time to upload before ending your session. The file will have a green tick next to it when uploaded.

Instructions on how to upload to OneDrive: OneDrive Knowledge Base item

What do I need to do now?

If you have files saved in N:\My Documents, the teaching desk and lab PCs will have this available until the summer. This gives you an opportunity to move files to OneDrive for Business if you have not done so already.

If you have any issues, please raise a ticket with the IT Service Desk .