Bye Z: Hi OneDrive

March 2nd, 2020

Work started at the end of January 2020 to make your personal Z:drive “read only” and is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Chief Digital Officer, David Hill said: “Our existing storage technologies have certainly served us well but are now in need of costly upgrades and replacements.

“Maintaining the existing drives carries risk, and this provides us with the perfect opportunity to bring about a new way of storing our data.”

Read only means you will no longer be able to save new data or make changes to existing data on your Z: Drive. You will only be able to access your data, copy and paste it elsewhere. This will be temporary and all access will be removed later this year.

Migrate your Z: drive data now – for more information click here or contact your local Campus IT Support. If you are and EndNote user please see this additional guide.

One Drive
Staff and students already have access to 5TB of OneDrive storage through Office 365. Even more space is available when collaborating with others through Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft OneDrive offers greater flexibility, capacity and collaboration. It also provides a greater degree of security for storing our data.

David Hill continued: “I know many of our colleagues and students have already made the move to OneDrive and I’d like to thank them.

“Cloud storage provides our staff and students with the best platform for collaborative learning, accessing their secure data globally, more storage and ensuring the stability of their data.

“If you are yet to join the rest of the university in migrating your Z: Drive I urge you to set aside the small amount of time required to do so.”

Specialist teams will begin engaging with R: and S: drive data owners in spring 2020, with the aim to arrange relocation to Office 365 or dedicated and purpose built facilities in the future.

Information Services are on hand to support you in migrating research and shared data and would encourage data owners to make early contact with their local Campus IT Support.

Director of Governance and Assurance, Jason Carter said: “This is a great opportunity for us all to get our data management in good order. I strongly recommend that we all use this time to review the data we currently hold and make sure we only move what we need. This will really help the University in our GDPR compliance.

“As O365 offers a much more secure place to hold our data, it will also support researchers in meeting your funders’ terms and conditions. Remember – we shouldn’t keep data just in case it’ll be useful one day, only if we have a good reason to do so.”

IT specialists will support staff and students, especially those with complex storage needs. If you think you may need assistance in migrating data to OneDrive or have a specific issue or requirement please contact Campus IT.

To start your data move now more information can be found here.

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