Staff and students at Heriot Watt university have access to high-resilience, secure file storage. All users have personal storage space - your home drive (H: drive).  Staff also have access to shared storage space e.g. S: drive - the shared areas are normally used for team/departmental files.

You should save your HWU files to your H: drive, a shared area e.g. S: drive or your HWU One Drive.

You should not save files on your Windows desktop or the C: drive as these are not backed up - and the files may be vulnerable to damage or loss from fire, theft, hardware faults or operator error.

If you do save files to the Windows desktop, C: drive, a personal device or removable storage device it is your responsibility to ensure that you have secure copies of any important files you choose to store there.

Student file store (Edinburgh, Malaysia and Orkney campuses)

The following information applies to both undergraduate and post graduate students.

H: drive (Home)

All students have a personal storage area on secure university servers – your H: drive.
The standard H: drive quota is 2 GB - additional storage is available on request.

Off-campus access to your H: drive is via the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

R: drive - Research data storage area

Research data should be stored on University-managed network drives, which are both secure and backed-up regularly.  A dedicated research data storage area is available for this data (the R: drive).  See Research data management\Data storage and security for more information.

OneDrive

All HWU students have access to their HWU OneDrive through Office 365. Your OneDrive gives you 1 TB of storage space in the cloud.

You can access OneDrive from the Office 365 Web App – click the button in the top left of the Office 365 window and you will see it displayed in the apps pane.

You can access your OneDrive from anywhere via the internet (go to Office 365).

See User guides & handouts - Software Guides for more information.

Personal devices, Pen drives, external hard drives etc

If you are storing your work on your personal devices and drives remember to keep them safe.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a copy of any important data stored on your personal devices, so that your data isn't lost even if your device is.

Staff file store (Edinburgh, Malaysia and Orkney campuses)

H: drive (Home)

All staff and teaching PG students have a personal storage area on secure university servers – your H: drive.  The standard H: drive quota is 10 GB - additional storage is available on request.

Off-campus access to your H: drive is via the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

R: drive - Research data storage area

Research data should be stored on University-managed network drives, which are both secure and backed-up regularly.  A dedicated research data storage area is available for this data (the R: drive).  See Research data management\Data storage and security for more information.

Shared drives

All staff have access to their school or service shared drives e.g. S: M: etc

Off-campus access to your shared drives is via the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

SharePoint

Authorised staff can store information on the university intranet site - SharePoint.  SharePoint pages can be viewed by all HWU staff.  Non-HWU users can be given access to SharePoint on request i.e. for project work with and on-behalf of the university.  Please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk if you are requesting access for non-HWU users.

Information that you want to make available to all staff in the university can be added to SharePoint e.g. policies, staff forms e.g. expenses claims, and system information and help e.g. iHR.

Each school and service has a SharePoint site. You can access SharePoint off-site without using the VPN.

OneDrive

All HWU staff with an Office 365 account have access to their own HWU OneDrive. Your OneDrive gives you 1 TB of storage space in the cloud.

You can access OneDrive from the Office 365 Web App – click the app launcher in the top left of the Office 365 window and you will see it displayed in the apps pane.

OneDrive is useful for current pieces of work – particularly files where you are collaborating with individuals or groups both within and out with the University.

You can access your OneDrive from anywhere via the internet (go to Office 365).

Never share or store confidential/business critical HWU information on private third party cloud services like Dropbox, YouSendit, personal (i.e.not University) OneDrive, ICloud, Google Drive.

Confidential/business critical data should be stored on secure University systems. Data stored on your HWU OneDrive is held in Europe to comply with privacy laws. Data stored in private cloud accounts may be held anywhere in the world - with no accountability if the company loses your data.

See User guides & handouts - Software Guides for more information.

Personal devices, Pen drives, external hard drives etc

Staff should not store HWU work files on personal devices and drives.

Removable media (USB devices)

The physical nature of removable media such as USB keys and portable hard drives, means that these can easily be misplaced or stolen, leading to a loss of availability or confidentiality of the stored files.

Recommended alternatives include

  • SharePoint
  • Secure shared areas (via VPN for off campus)
  • Microsoft OneDrive for Business

These options ensure that your files are kept safe as well as significantly reducing the risk of loss or theft.

If you do use removable media: -

  • Never save the master copy of your files on the device
  • If storing personal or confidential information, the USB key or hard drive should always be encrypted (see below)

Further guidelines on the classification of data in relation to removable media can be found at Confidential information on portable media

Please note

  • If you choose to make use of removable media and/or the encryption methods below, you do so at your own risk.
Encrypting Removable Media

Microsoft Windows

  • Use Bitlocker to Go (Control Panel\System and Security\BitLocker Drive Encryption)
  • Right click the icon for the removable media to encrypt and password protect it.
  • Save a copy of the Bitlocker Recovery Key text file to your H:\ drive (not the removable media!) so that you can remind yourself what the password is if you forget it.

Apple OS X

  • Right click on the icon for the removable media to encrypt and password protect it
  • You can add a password hint

Linux

  • Options for encrypting removable media are available for most popular, current distributions of Linux.
C: drive

Do not store data on the HWU student or staff Desktop or the local C: drive.

These areas are not backed up and you will lose your data if the device is stolen, becomes faulty or if it is re-imaged.

Restore previous versions

If you accidentally delete a file from a network drive or share e.g. H:, R: or S: drive you may be able to recover an earlier version of the file using Restore Previous Versions.

  1. Go into Windows Explorer
  2. Right click on the folder/file you want to restore
  3. Left click on Restore Previous Versions