Using a University imaged staff or student PC.
All students and staff have a personal file store (PFS). Files saved here are stored on a University server and can be accessed from any University computer and from any computer with Internet access. You can access and save files to your PFS in several ways on a University Windows 7 computer as described below.
If you choose either of these methods, you'll be taken to the Documents library - see below.
You'll see the files that are stored in your personal file store:
From Start > Computer or Windows Explorer > Computer
You'll see a home drive listed under Network Location.
This is an alternative way of accessing the files stored in your personal file store.
A Windows 7 library is similar to a folder in that it displays one or more files or folders. However, unlike folders, libraries don't actually store items. They just display items from specified folders together in one place. The Documents library is an example of this.
Windows 7 has one main library called Libraries that contains four other Libraries: Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos.
Each library contains two physical file locations, your personal folder, which is My Documents in the Documents Library, and the Public Documents folder (this is not the same as an Outlook public folder). Files stored in your personal file store are in the My Documents folder, but they are also displayed in the Documents library.
You can save and copy files directly to the Documents library, and these files will be stored in the My Documents folder as this is the default save location for this library.
Be aware that if you delete files or folders from within a library, they're also deleted from their original locations. If you want to remove an item from a library but not delete it from the location it's stored in, you should remove the folder containing the item. When you remove a folder from a library, all the items in the folder will be removed (but not deleted).
You need to be able to install the webdrive software on the computer, so it is not suitable if you are using an Internet Café, for example.
In this case, use FTP or create a Network Location.
Go to: https://homedir.wlv.ac.uk/webdrive. You'll need your username and password to access this page of instructions, and install the software.
The username and password are the ones you use to log on to a University PC, e.g. 9933201 or in5555.
It is easy to install, and only takes a few minutes on the University network or an ADSL/cable connection. If you get a Security Alert about the security certificate, just click on Yes to proceed.
If you have any problems with the installation, call the IT Service Desk on ext. 2000, (01902-322000 from outside the University).
Once it is installed, you will find an extra icon on your desktop labelled "My Personal Storage". Double-click this, supply your user name and password, and you will shortly get a standard Explorer file window on the screen, showing the contents of your personal file store. Or you'll find your files listed under the X: drive in 'My Computer' or Windows Explorer.
If you also see an icon for "UoW Shared Storage" please don't use it.
There is a new way of accessing shared storage for staff: see Accessing Shared Departmental Storage outside the University
Use this option if you are using Windows 8 and above.
How to use your personal file store (PFS) if you are off campus and can't/don't want to install software on the computer you are using. If you are able to install software, we recommend you install the Webdrive software on your computer to give you easy and secure access to your personal file store.
There are a couple of alternatives to installing Webdrive:-
If you create a network location, you'll need to enter your username and password each time you access a file. If you use FTP, be aware that your username and password will not be encrypted when they are sent, so this method is insecure. So there are pros and cons with each method.
The following instructions are for a Windows 7 computer.
A Network Location has now been created in the "Network Location" section of Computer with the name you chose. (You can right-click the Network Location and select Send to... Desktop to create an shortcut to it on your desktop). Use this to get direct access to the files in your personal file store.
If you an FTP program then use the following details to access your PFS.
All staff and students have a secure area for storing their files on University servers, which can be accessed on non-University computers and from outside the University.
This page describes how to access these files on non-windows devices, how to set this up, how to view, and in some cases edit, the files in your personal file storage area ("My Documents") at the University. It is also a simple way to move information between these types of devices, which can otherwise be difficult to do.
The information is moved securely, even when you are using wireless or 3G to access it, because it's encrypted using SSL as with financial transactions on the web. As a result it makes a good alternative to using cloud storage providers such as Dropbox or iCloud, and we recommend staff always use their personal file store rather than cloud storage services. This is particularly so when the information concerned is subject to Data Protection regulations or is commercially sensitive, because cloud storage is generally not located in the EU, and in some cases not covered by "Safe Harbor" agreements.
This requires that you download and install WebDAV Nav, a free app from the Apple store.
There are several icons at the bottom of the screen. Reading from left to right these are:
There is also a paid version, WebDAV Nav+, which doesn't have advertising and adds a few extra features. Notably, it allows you to select multiple files to upload, and it turns your iPhone or iPad into a WebDAV server, which allows you to access your files (pictures, music etc) from someone else's hand-held device running WebDAV Nav.
You need to download and install WebDAV Navigator Lite from the Android Market, which works with Android 1.6 and later.
All the features of the iPhone/iPad version work the same way on Android.
As with the iPad/iPhone, there is a paid version, WebDAV Navigator, which has additional features and no advertising.
You need to download and install WebDAV Navigator Lite from the Blackberry App World, which requires Blackberry 5.0.0 or later. Start the app, create the server entry pointing to https://homedir.wlv.ac.uk/ and enter your IT Account username and password. Then connect and you will get a list of the contents of your personal storage (My Documents). The free version for the Blackberry doesn't support uploading at all, so if you want to use it for uploading pictures, you may want to consider the paid version. Other features work as on the other platforms.
The WebDAV client for Windows Mobile 7/8, is a paid app only version. You can find details on his Web site.