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Academic Technology Launchpad: Saving & H Drive

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

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OneDrive - Madison College

OneDrive - Madison College

Free cloud storage for current students, faculty and staff. 

Office 365 app = OneDrive for Business.

Easy to use and 1 TB of storage. 

Access on-campus or off-campus.

Save early and often

Do not save to the hard drive or desktop of a campus computer. Your work will not be saved. 

Save - to a USB drive, your Home Directory / H Drive, and/or OneDrive - Madison College or personal cloud storage.

On-campus or virtual desktop: To save to your home directory, Use File, “Save as…”, select your home directory (H:) drive and save the file.

Save early- As soon as you start a document, save it.

Save often - Maybe every paragraph or so. 

Check and back up

Check where you are saving ​Use File-Save As...  When you open a document online, it may automatically save to a temporary location and will be deleted when you log off.  

Backup - email a copy to yourself or save in a couple locations. Protect your important data.  

3rd Floor Health Building / IT Department

Note: IT department computers are on a separate network.

From the 3rd floor of the Truax Health building in the IT department you may need to use FileWay to access your H drive. 

Home Directory Access On-Campus

On-Campus H Drive

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Log on to a Windows computer on any MATC campus or to your virtual desktop, and you will be automatically connected to your Home Directory / H drive. Drive identified as H: with your username. 

  • Secure - Data stored on a college server
  • Free - for students, faculty and staff
  • 500 MB storage space for students
  • You will have access to your files while you are enrolled in classes at Madison Area Technical College.

Saving your work - MAC

Saving your work - MAC

Most MAC users seem to find other storage media more useful than their H Drive / home directory due to the space limitations. USB drives and portable hard drives are frequently used. 

FileWay may be used to access your home directory using a MAC, whether on-campus or off-campus. Firefox is the preferred browser when accessing your home directory using a MAC and FileWay.

Home Directory Access Off-Campus

Off-Campus H Drive

exclamation point in triangleIn Summer 2020, Technology Services will turn off access to FileWay. 

Even though FileWay will be unavailable beginning this summer, your H drive will still be accessible on Madison College devices. 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) will be the primary solution offered for remote access, or students can opt to use other web-based services like OneDrive for Business.

Upload or download files in your home directory.

FileWay = a secure, web-based remote file access application. 

To edit a file: download and save the file to your computer, edit and save again, then upload the edited file to FileWay.