Save your work safely on lab computers

There has been an increase in numbers of students losing their work on lab computers due to not saving their files correctly. Please see the guidance below:


  • ALWAYS save your work to your home directory when using a lab computer.  You will find this in ‘My Computer’ as your ‘H:’ drive, or as your ‘My Documents’ folder. On a Windows 7 lab PC (for example,
    computers on Level 2 in the Library), save your work to the ‘documents’ folder under ‘Libraries’.  Your home directory is backed up daily in order to ensure your files are safe.
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  • NEVER save your work on the desktop of a lab computer. Personal files on the desktop are deleted as soon as you log out.
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  • ALWAYS ‘save as’ your work if you are opening it directly from your email.  If you open a document directly from your email using a lab computer, and then just click ‘save’ instead of ‘save as’, it will be deleted as soon as you log out (due to it
    being saved only to temporary files). Better yet, if you are opening documents from your email, right click on the document in your email and choose ‘save target as’, or ‘save link as’ to save a copy directly to your home directory.
    If you have any questions about saving your work, please contact us at the Information Centre.
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