Data and File Storage

 

Q. How do I see a list of the files and directories on my computer?

A. Either use Windows Explorer (on Windows) or Finder (on the Macs).

Q. What files and directories do I have access to?
A. When you logon to the computer, a local account is created on that computer for you if one is not already present. You have full administrative rights to everything in this local account. You do not have access to the files of other users. You have the ability to read and execute programs and applications.

Q. Where should I store my programs, data, or documents?
A. Store your files either on a USB flash drive or on some kind of network storage server such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or jshare. No permanent local storage is possible.

Q. How do I connect to a shared folder on the network?
A. On the PC, start up Windows Explorer (you can start this by typing explorer in the Run box on the start menu). In the address box at top, type in the location of the network share. This should be in the form \\nevill.pha.jhu.edu\users\yourusername where nevill.pha.jhu.edu is the full hostname of the computer and \users\yourusername is the path to the shared directory on that computer. A. On the Mac, start up the Finder. From the top menu, click on "Go" and select Connect to Server... from the popup menu. In the Server Address box, type in the location of the network share. This would be of the form smb://nevill.pha.jhu.edu/users/yourusername for shares on a Windows computer.

Many firewall programs will prevent you from accessing shared directories, and the JHU firewall will prevent you from accessing the directories on nevill unless you first establish a VPN connection.