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Desktop File Backup Options

Although LTS-Managed LAN storage spaces are the recommended location for storing computer files, there are circumstances in which they must be stored locally on individual desktop computers. This is usually due to either the size of the files, limited network bandwidth in specific locations, or limitations of the software used to create them. In these cases, it's crucial for users to create backups of those files on another storage location to protect the work done to create them. The likelihood of failure for an individual desktop computer's hard drive is too high to risk not doing so.

Computer File Storage: Considerations

Where to store your files depends on many important considerations. Our charts of storage systems (Local, LAN, Internet) use the following criteria to differentiate between them.

Chart: Computer File Storage Options: Internet (Cloud) Services

The chart below details many of the Internet (Cloud) file storage options available to Lehigh computer users. One of the main benefits of Internet storage is that files _can_ be shared with users outside Lehigh, and storage sizes can be quite large, with the downside being the requirements for transferring that data to and from those systems (usually with a Sync Client program, or via a web interface).

Chart: Computer File Storage Options: Local

The chart below details Local file storage options on individual computers. Some of these come with the computer, some have additional costs. While your department's Computing Consultant can assist you with them, and advise you about best practices, none of them are are actually administered or maintained by LTS on a daily basis, like the LAN systems.

Chart: Computer File Storage Options: LAN

The chart below details file storage options available on Lehigh's Local Area Network (LAN) for Lehigh computer users. Generally these are available directly to a computer's operating system, and separate software for accessing files isn't required. Exceptions are noted. Note that some are only available to certain groups of Lehigh users. Most are administered and maintained by LTS staff.

Quick Notes on PCs in LTS Classrooms and Public Sites

Most of the provided PCs in classrooms and computer labs at Lehigh run Windows, and are connected to the campus LAN. They have a number of other features in common, and more information can be found in the HelpDesk's Public Site and Classroom Computer FAQ, but here are a few quick pointers:

Productivity Tips

Productivity Tips

This document features various shortcuts and suggestions for streamlining your work using the technology already at your fingertips.

General Windows Tips

Controlling Dual Displays in an LTS Facility

Some rooms at Lehigh are equipped with dual projectors or displays, allowing two different video sources to be shown at once. Dual display rooms offer significant flexibility but they are somewhat complex. If you would like an orientation please call the Media Center (83059).

Classroom Technology

The following pages provide a printer-friendly version of all of the step-by-step instructions for using the display equipment in LTS-equipped classrooms. Further information focused on using the computers in these areas can be found in the LTS Classroom and Public Site Computers Guide.