Carnegie Mellon University

Saving Files in Computer Labs

When you work in a computer lab, save your files to an external source before you log off. You can use a personal USB drive, or one of the cloud options recommended below.

Note: For Linux labs only, the Home directory is your central storage in AFS.

Mac

Temporary Storage (Local Home)

  • Local storage while you work in a Mac computer lab.
  • Use when working with large files (i.e., iMovie, Final Cut Pro).
  • All files saved in Local Home are DELETED when you log off.
  • BEFORE you log off the computer, move all files and folders, including those saved to the Documents folder, to CMU Box or Google Drive.

Network Drive

  • Provides a shortcut to 2GB of central storage in AFS.
  • Access from a Mac computer lab or remotely using Fetch.

Cloud Storage (Recommended)

  • CMU Box - access your CMU Box account, then drag and drop files into Box.
  • Google Drive - log in to your G Suite account, then upload files to Google Drive.

Windows

Temporary Storage (Sandbox)

  • Local storage while you work in a Windows computer lab.
  • Use when working with large files (i.e., iMovie, Final Cut Pro).
  • All files saved in Sandbox are DELETED when you log off.
  • BEFORE you log off the computer, move all files and folders, including those saved to the Documents folder, to CMU Box or Google Drive.

MyFiles

  • 2GB of central storage.
  • Save files to My Documents, the Desktop or to the W: drive (This PC).
  • Access from a Windows computer lab or through Virtual Andrew.

Cloud Storage (Recommended)

  • CMU Box - access your CMU Box account, then drag and drop files into Box.
  • Google Drive - log in to your G Suite account, then upload files to Google Drive.