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Saving and sharing information

The university enables the use of various network drives for individual or group work on both university computers and home computers. In addition to home and group directories, work files can be saved on your computer or external storage media. Different types of storage media have different features. Some are designed for personal use and some for sharing information with others.  This page contains links for more detailed instructions.

For more information on saving information, see Student’s digital skills.

 

Saving files on a workstation

If you need temporary storage space for larger files, you can use the folder C:\LocalData\username (Windows 10) located on the computer’s hard drive. However, these folders are not backed up, so do not rely on them as your only storage location! In addition, you will not be able to access these folders from any other computer.

Saving files in your home directory

Each university student and employee has access to a UH home directory (Z drive on university computers). It is the preferable network storage location as it is personal, meaning that other users cannot access its contents, and it is automatically backed up every night. You can access your home directory not only at the University of Helsinki but also anywhere in the world. The directory contains 50 gigabytes of disk space.

Please note that on the university’s Windows computers, the Documents directory is located in the Z drive subdirectory My Documents and the Desktop in the Z drive subdirectory Desktop.

Remote access to home directory

You can establish a remote connection from your home computer to your home directory. This allows you to access and use the files and folders in the directory as if you were using a university computer. All changes made through the remote connection will be stored.

Saving files in a group directory (group disk space)

The IT Services offer university units and workgroups the chance to store and share documents in a separate group disk space. It is a secure storage space for the group, only available for the appointed persons. Only service coordinators can create group disk spaces.

Follow these instructions to gain access to a new group disk space.

Only service coordinators can create group disk spaces (in Flamma)

Once the service coordinator has created the group disk space, you will be able to see it on your computer.

VPN portal

With the VPN portal, you can download files in home and group directories to your home computer for editing and upload them back to the university server.

You can access the VPN portal with your browser at https://www.vpn.helsinki.fi/

Umpio storage space

Cloud service OneDrive for Business

USB flash drives and external hard drives

USB flash drives and external hard drives are convenient tools for storing data. Remember to make back-up copies and keep your storage media safe. The university’s lost-and-found ends up with hundreds of USB sticks every year.

Funet FileSender

Funet FileSender is a browser-based network service designed for sharing large files, even several gigabytes in size. The service is not intended for permanent storage of files. Files are removed from the sharing service after a fixed period of time.

FileSender only allows one file to be sent at a time. However, you can pack several files into a zip file to bypass this restriction.

Support for group work

The aforementioned services are designed for storing your work either for your own use or to be shared with a group. If you wish to edit the same documents with other users, we recommend learning about software and services designed to make teamwork easier. These various pieces of software are excellent for preliminary drafting, brainstorming and sharing notes. The OneDrive service, for example, allows several users to access the same document at the same time, displaying the changes made to the document to others in real time.
Learn more about group work tools in Student’s digital skills.