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M: Drive information and access
Posted by Nicholas Peebles on 18 July 2017 03:17 PM

Explanation of Network Drive Folders:

Folder Name

Public or Private

Folder Use

Classes

Shared by professor and students in a   class.

Class folders are created a place for students and faculty in a particular class to collaborate on work, as well as a place for students to submit homework assignments. 

 

Department

Shared by, and private to, employees in a department.

Share files and documents with members of your department. Also use this when you have access to multiple departments.

 

My Documents

Private to you.

Store your personal files and documents.  This is the default documents folder for most college-installed programs on your computer. (Note: Laptop users save to L:\My Documents, not M:\My Documents)

 

MyDepartment

Shared by, and private to, employees in a department.

Share files and documents with members of a department. Same as the “Department” folder, but the MyDepartment is a short cut folder that takes you directly to your specific department’s Department folder.

 

Offices

Public to faculty and staff.

Documents from various college offices (Human Resources, Dean’s Office, Registrar’s Office, etc.) are placed here for faculty and staff access. Do not place confidential information in this area.

 

Share

Private to whoever is granted access to each sub-folder within the Share folder.

Access to folders located in Share is controlled by ITS.  Contact ITS if you want to create a folder where you can share files with other individuals on campus.  You should never give access to files by providing your password to someone else. Confidential information can be placed in this area.

 

Yesterday

Private to you; however, you cannot add or delete files or folders.

This folder contains a backup of your files from the previous day.  If you accidentally delete files or folders, you can copy the latest backup from here.

 

The other folders on the network should not be modified by you.  They are there for your computer system to use, but are not for your personal use.

 

Accessing the M: Drive

On campus

  • Windows users will have one of two icons on their computer Desktop. One is called "Computer," the other is called "homes (gcfile.goshen.edu) (M) - Shortcut" Find one of these on your desktop and double click it.  Note: if you cannot find either of these icons on your computer Desktop, click on the Start button, go to All Programs, then go to Accessories, and click on the "Windows Explorer" icon.
  • You will see a drive labeled as "homes (gcfile.goshen.edu) (M)"  Click on this drive letter to access your M: drive.

Your GCFile drive can be mapped as a network drive on any Windows computer, even off campus, by following these instructions.

Off campus or personal computer access

Windows 7

1. Click Start > Computer

2. Click "Map Network Drive"

3. Choose the drive letter you'd like your GCfile drive to appear as

4. In "Folder," type \\gcfile.goshen.edu\homes

5. Check the "Reconnect at logon" box 

6. Check "Connect using different credentials," then click "Finish." Enter your GC username and password, then click OK.

7. Your GCFile drive will now be mapped as a network drive.

 

Windows 10

1. Open the File Explorer from the Task Bar or Start menu

2. Click on "This PC"

3. Click "Map Network Drive" at the top of the window.

4. In "Folder," type \\gcfile.goshen.edu\homes

5. Check the "Reconnect at logon" box 

6. Check "Connect using different credentials," then click "Finish." Enter your GC username and password, then click OK.

7. Your GCFile drive will now be mapped as a network drive.

Mac Users

  • From the Finder, click on the Go menu, and then click on "Connect To Server"
  • In the Server Address field, type in smb://gcfile.goshen.edu/homes
  • If the step above doesn't work (can't mount drive), type in smb://username@gcfile.goshen.edu/homes
  • Click the + sign to add this address to the Favorite Servers list
  • Click on the Connect button
  • If prompted, enter in your GC username and password
  • A window will open. Under the Shared area, you will see your M: drive listed as "GCFILE.GOSHEN.EDU"  Click on this to access your M: drive.

 

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