How to Use Directories at NAU
Local Hard Drive vs. Network Directories
Some of you may well understand the way in which the
computing storage resources at NAU are organized, and may want to skip
this section. For those who have not examined the way in which user data
may be stored and accessed for maximum availability, it will be a good
idea to do the tutorial that follows.
When you set up your dana account you are given space on
network servers in two areas: webhome, sometimes mapped to your W: drive
on some PCs at NAU; and an area that has the same name as your
dana account, mapped to the Z: drive on most PCs at NAU. These
areas are completely different than what you typically use, which is the
C: drive on your PC.
computer desktop, double click on the icon that says “My Computer.”
there are several major levels shown:
This is the drive
that is physically located in the chassis of the computer you are using.
Its contents are only available to you when you are using this
specific computer, unless you have allowed network access to it
(which is unlikely and a whole other complicated subject altogether).
So, if you store a file on this PC’s C: drive, you won’t be able to
access it from the computer right next to you, or down the hall, in your
office, in your home, etc.
with Removable Storage
This is the drive
you can use to transfer files to and from floppy disks, located on most
PCs. Because its media is removable, you can copy things to it and take
them with you to use on other PCs. Floppies are perfect for making small
backups of files that collectively don’t exceed 1.4 megabytes in size.
This is the drive
that enables you to read or write CDs, located on some PCs. Because the
media is removable, you can use it to transfer data to and from various
PCs. On systems that can write to a CD, you can store up to 600
megabytes, which makes such media suitable for larger backups.
on ‘Dana Samba Server (dana.ucc.nau.edu)’ (W:)
This space is
used only for web site files and images.
This drive is a
“virtual” disk drive which maps to space reserved for you out on the NAU
server “farm.” It is not connected to any specific computer, but rather
is available through any computer that is enabled by an authorized user.
However, although it is currently visible on the lab computers as the W:
drive, on other computers it may not be so easily accessible and may
require a program like FTP (for File Transfer Protocol) to access.
on ‘Dana Samba Server (dana.ucc.nau.edu)’ (Z:)
would be your own dana account name)
This drive is a “virtual” disk drive
which also maps to space reserved for you out on the NAU server “farm.”
It is not connected to any specific computer, but rather is available
through any computer that is enabled by an authorized user. However,
although it is currently visible on the lab computers as the Z: drive,
and is also visible automatically on other computers around the NAU
campus, it will not be so easily accessible from non-NAU computers and
may require a program like FTP (for File Transfer Protocol) to access.
This is the directory where your most important files ought to be stored
if you wish to have access from the most locations without carrying
removable media like floppy disks and CDs. For example, if you do some
work here and then save the file to a directory on your Z: drive, you
can later go over to the Cline Library and work on that same file there.
In your office, although you may have to use FTP to copy the file to the
local hard drive, it will still be accessible. Even on your laptop at
home, you can log into the network using FTP and copy the file to your
local drive for access.
that has been done for you is the creation of a shortcut, which
is a way of gaining quick access to what might be long directory paths.
Here’s an example: in your “My Computer” window, in the left pane, click
on the “My Computer” icon, and note its expansion.
the Z: drive icon.
the NTProfile icon.
the Personal icon. Quite a long path to get to your files, isn’t it?
click on the icon that says, “My Documents.” You see that you have
instantly navigated right to the same place that the previous several
steps did. Use the scroll bar to the right side of the pane to go up and
down and note that you have two different paths to the same place. This
is important to know for those times when you are on a PC which does not
have the shortcut set up for you.
all the file folders back, and close the window. Now, starting with the
“My Computer” icon, navigate back to your files.
create a new folder in the directory “My Documents.” With your cursor in
the right-hand pane of the window, right-click and select
New->Folder, or go to the File menu and select
once inside the text below the new folder that says “New Folder.” Type
in a new name, for example, “Stuff I Like.”
click the icon of your new folder to open it. You can, if you like, now
add folders to this folder and folders to those folders, and so on, to
create a hierarchical structure for organizing your work. For those of
you who are saying, “Yeah? So what? This is trivial,” it must be pointed
out that despite the triviality of directory creation, woefully many
people organize everything on their desktops, ending up with hundreds of
icons, unable to find anything. Thus, in the interest of making sure
everyone is at least aware of this capability for organizing all your
work on the NAU network servers for easy access, this module is provided
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