As of May 22, 2012 the “N” drive is no longer available when logging onto the computer labs.
If you need access to your N: drive for download/archiving purposes, please email Ian Erne and he will enable the auto-mount process. Once reconnected to your N: drive, you’ll have the same two access choices you’ve always had. You can visit a computer lab or logon to http://ares.newpaltz.edu/NetStorage.
Remember, never rely on one medium to store your important files. Whether you store them in the cloud, your home PC, or Google Docs, it is a good idea to have another copy – e.g. you can use a “thumb drive” to backup your work. In this way, if your primary storage device has a problem, or if you accidentally delete something, your files will be protected. With a thumb drive, you will also be able to take your files wherever you need and be able to work off campus and off line.
It is also good practice to save (File\Save As) your work after a few minutes of editing. This goes a long way in recovering a document should the drive or PC fail, or if there is a big “oops” during an edit. Remember Murphy’s Law – “Whatever can go wrong, will (and at the worst possible time)”
Since there is no longer on-site storage, we cannot configure the computers in the labs to auto save your work any longer. Please start getting into the habit of using “Save As” in any of the software programs you are using.