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Overview

H: and I: drives (also referred to as Home and Web folders) provide UWF students, faculty, and staff with electronic storage space on the UWF server. The H: drive is a secure storage space for academic and work-related files. Files on the H: drive can only be viewed after logging in with your username and password. Saving to your H: drive is much like saving to your computer’s hard drive but with the added benefits of regular backups and the ability to access your files from any computer with an Internet connection. The I: drive is just like the H: drive, with one exception - I: is a web folder, so anything saved on the I: drive is posted to the Internet.

How to Open Your H: and I: Drives

Your H: and I: drives can be opened from the File Storage app in MyUWF. Links to H: and I: are also available in eDesktopcomputer labs, and on many office computers. More advanced users can access their drives with Secure FTP.

 

Storage Limits

Students are allocated 200MB. This space can be split in any proportion between the H: and I: drives.

Web Page Hosting

Your I: drive is your personal web hosting space. This allows you to create a website for class, post your resume to the web, or just share information with friends. The I: drive works like a folder on your computer, except anything saved on the I: drive is posted to the Internet.

If you are interested in creating webpages on your I: drive, there are many web sites with information to help you get started. Advanced web developers can request a data source (from Web Publishing in MyUWF) to create dynamic web pages.

Recovering a Lost or Deleted File

The best reason to use your H: and I: drives is so that you can recover old versions of your files if the originals are accidentally lost or deleted.

The backups are stored in "snapshots." A snapshot is a read-only copy of your folders and files. When you open the snapshot, your folders and files appear as they were at the time that the snapshot was made. The folders you typically work from are referred to as your "active folders". Snapshots, which are taken on a regular basis, are shadow versions of your active folder. You can recover your own files, in almost all situations, by copying an older version from a snapshot folder into your "active" folder.

 

Instructions for Windows 7 and Windows 8

  1. Right-click the folder that contains (or contained) the file that you want a snapshot of, then select Properties.
  2. Select the Previous Versions tab.
  3. Going by the dates, select the backup folder that you think holds the version of the file that you need.
  4. Locate the specific file. Then, save a copy of the file to your active H: or I: drive or another location. 
    Note: You can open and view the file(s) in your snapshot folder, but it is read only, so you will not be able to save or make changes.

 Previous Versions tab

Instructions for Windows XP and Windows 2003

  1. Open your H: or I: drive.
  2. Type \~snapshot after the folder name in the Address bar (such as H:\~snapshot - see image to right).
  3. Open the folder that you think holds the version of the file that you need. The most recent backup has the lowest number (i.e., hourly.0 is the more recent than hourly.5).
  4. Locate the specific file. Then, save a copy of the file to your active H: or I: drive or another location. 
    Note: You can open and view the file(s) in your snapshot folder, but it is read only, so you will not be able to save or make changes.

Snapshot of a folder

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