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How do I know when to save files to my C: drive?

On staff computers, the C: drive is intended only for temporary storage of data. The amount of data is limited by the size of the hard drive on the machine.

Any data stored on C:\local is not backed up by the University and can usually be accessed by any user of the computer so should not be used for any confidential information.

When should I use it?

  • For storing data whilst it is being processed or manipulated (e.g. video clips, large data sets) before moving it to the appropriate permanent location
  • For information for which immediate regular access is needed when other information stores are not available / suitable (for example on a synchronized laptop which is disconnected from the University network)
  • It should not be used for data which needs to be held confidentially, which needs to be backed up or for which you do not have legal entitlement to hold


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