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When you use a computer at St George’s, the programs that you run and files that you save are normally stored on the computer’s hard drive, commonly referred to as the C: drive. As not everyone has access to their own computer, and many people use a number of different computers for different tasks, all staff and students are given an area of storage space on the central servers as part of their standard network services. This is known as your ‘home directory’ or H: drive and is private to you.

You can access your central storage space from any computer directly connected to St George’s network – you simply need to log onto the network using your username and password. Then rather than using the C: drive, you can access your home directory by selecting the H: drive.

Backup of your H: drive

All files on your H: drive are stored on a server in IT Services. This server is backed up every night and all files are scanned for viruses. If you delete a file that had been saved before 8pm the previous night, there will be a copy saved on our tape library.

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As we have over 8000 accounts on the system, the amount of space available for each home directory has to be limited. At present, staff have a limit of 300 MB and students have 40 MB. Once your quota has been reached, it will not be possible to copy new files to your home directory unless you either clean out the old unwanted files, or contact the helpdesk to get your quota extended.

See How much space do I have? for more information.


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