How to Save on the Public Computers



In order to prevent data loss it is strongly recommended that you do not save files to the public computers. Files saved on the public computers will be deleted after each login and whenever the computer is idle for 30 minutes. Once the file has been deleted from the desktop it is gone for good and library staff cannot retrieve it for you. Instead, you may wish to save your files on a flash drive, cloud drive (such as Northwestern Box, Google Drive or Dropbox), or email them to yourself.

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Save it to a flash drive

How to use a flash drive on the public computers:

  1. Insert the flash drive into the USB port.
  2. The “Found new hardware” message will appear in the lower right hand corner of the desktop. If this message does not display, the flash drive has not been inserted correctly into the USB port.
  3. An AutoPlay window should open: Select Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer under General Options.
  4. If the AutoPlay window did not open, you can always navigate to your flash drive by selecting the Computer icon on the desktop.
  5. To save a file to the flash drive you can either:
    1. Drag the files over to the open flash drive window. When a small plus sign (+) appears over the flash drive window, release the mouse button. A copy of the file or folder will now be located on the flash drive.
    2. Save the file to the flash drive using the File > Save as >Computer > Removable Drive option in the application you are using to create the file you want to save.
  6. When you are done saving files to the flash drive it is extremely important to eject the drive from the computer. Failure to do this correctly could lead to loss of data. To eject the flash drive:
    1. Left click once on the eject icon, located in the lower-right corner of the screen Eject.
    2. Click once on the "Eject [name of your flash drive]" option.
    3. Wait a moment, then remove your flash drive.
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Updated: May 15th, 2018 14:29