Research DataToolKit Guidance for Researchers
University of Hertfordshire internal use only. Draft version 0.1.
How do I access my networked shared storage?
All staff have a personal area (U:drive) and departmental shared area (S:drive). If you are using a Windows machine on the staff network with the Novell client, your U: and S: drives should appear automatically when you open ‘My Computer’ or press Cmd-E.
What is the easiest way to use my U:drive?
Once you have opened U: for the first time make a folder within it to work in (Right click… New Folder). Click on this folder once to highlight it, then hold the Alt key down and drag the icon to a blank part of your desktop to make a shortcut. You can also Alt-drag the folder to your favourites area in an open file explorer, or on Windows 7, to the new taskbar. On subsequent sessions all you have to do is open one of these shortcuts, which will open your network storage, and then you can work start working with documents there.
Can Apple Macs use networked storage?
Yes – as long as the Mac is on the staff network. Finding your network storage is more difficult, but once you locate it the experience is just as good as for Windows. If you are a researcher RDTK can assist you, otherwise you should ask firstname.lastname@example.org for the path to your network storage and find your way via Cmd-K (Go…Connect to Server…). Once you have mounted your network drives for the first time, follow the advice about working with shortcuts in the previous question, using the equivalent Mac commands (to make a shortcut/alias, use Cmd-Alt-drag). Continue reading »