Windows Home Folder

Basics

Your Home Folder is a location on a file server that is the default save location for documents and other files you create with applications.  This is not the same as your roaming profile, which are application settings and files that are copied to the computer when you logon.  The home folder contents stay on the file server.

You are always connected to several network server "shares" at logon, and can use these "drive letters" as shortcuts:

  • U: -- UDrive root (all users' folders under here)
  • V: -- UDrive personal folder
  • W: -- PASS space root (all PSU folders under here)
  • X: -- PASS personal folder 

The default home folder location is X:, PASS space.  It has more space than the UDrive and you can request more space.  Read about it here.

The UDrive gives you less space, but may be easier for you to set permissions for file sharing, and may be need for some applications.  Read about it here.

You can save files to either V: or X: at any time, but the default save location for most applications will be the under your home folder, for example V:\My Documents".

For easy access to both file services from your home or mobile device, try the WebFiles service.

Changing Your Home Folder

You may change you preferred home folder any time.  Click on the white paw (PSUAlerts) on the bottom right of your screen (in the "Notification Tray") and pick Preferences.  There you may click on "UDrive (V:)" or "PASS (X:)".   That just changes the default location that most applications use for saving and reading files.  It does not move or copy any files.

Your choice is saved in a central database as well as in your registry, which is part of your roaming profile.  If you clear your roaming profile, your home folder choice will be restored the next time you log on.

 

Last Updated December 2, 2014