How to Save on the Public Computers

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Introduction

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. There are several options available to you when you want to save a file for later use. This article will walk you through some of those options so you can avoid data loss.

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Burn it to a CD

The public computers have CD/DVD-RW drives, allowing you to burn files onto blank CDs and DVDs. The Library does not sell blank CD or DVD media. To burn a data DVD/CD:

  1. Save the file you wish to burn onto the Desktop.
  2. Insert a blank CD-R or DVD disc into the DVD/CD drive (see Figure 1 below). Accepted blank media include: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW
  3. When the AutoPlay window displays, select the Burn files to disc using Windows Explorer option.
  4. In the Burn a Disc window, give your blank disc a title and select the With a CD/DVD player option.
  5. A new window (titled DVD RW Drive(D:)) will open. Drag your files from the desktop to this window.
  6. Click Burn to disc (near the top of the DVD RW Drive(D:) window).

If you are copying from one DVD/CD to another, open and save the file(s) onto the Desktop, eject that DVD/CD and put a blank DVD/CD one into the drive. Follow the directions above.

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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 (see Figure 1 at right).Picture of 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: October 24th, 2013 05:20