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Home Drive vs. OneDrive
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While working or studying at Washington & Jefferson College, Students, Faculty and Staff are granted access to two fundamentally different file storage systems. Their Home Drive and OneDrive.


The Home Drive or H-Drive is a personal server storage location on the W&J campus network for saving files.

All W&J students and personnel are granted 10GB of storage space to store their documents, files and other data. All content within the H-Drive is protected and backed up periodically by ITS, so data is recoverable in the event of any critical faults. The H-Drive is automatically mapped to your profile after successful login to any W&J computer. It can be found by looking under the This PC header in the Windows File Explorer.
It's very important to note, the H-Drive is only accessible if logged into a W&J Computer on the campus network.



OneDrive is the name of Microsoft's cloud storage services. The same way that Google has Google Drive and Apple has iCloud, Microsoft provides OneDrive for people to store and exchange their data online. Unlike the H-Drive, OneDrive can be accessed on any computer with Internet access, regardless of whether it is on-campus or off-campus. It also allows users to store considerably more data. While the H-Drive grants users a 10GB storage limit, OneDrive provides users with a 50GB storage limit.


Users can access OneDrive by visiting, signing in with their W&J credentials, and launching the OneDrive application. Once there, users will be able to upload files and folders, organize data as desired, and share it with absolutely anybody. You can even right click on a file and select Open in app to open the file instantly in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.


OneDrive can also be utilized by setting up the OneDrive Desktop App (Only available for Windows Computers). Included as part of the Office 365 installation package, the desktop app integrates OneDrive directly into the Windows File Explorer and automatically syncs any changes made. This makes uploading new files from your hard drive incredibly easy, but does utilize hard drive space to store local copies of the files.


Lastly, users can store files in the cloud by saving them to OneDrive from the other Office 365 apps. Simply select the OneDrive location when saving in Word, Excel or PowerPoint to store it directly to OneDrive. Additionally, any files stored in OneDrive will automatically be saved and updated as changes are made.

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