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What are the C:/ D:/ E:/ U:/ drives?

C: Drive (example shown below)

The C: drive is a hard disk drive located inside the computer and is where the Microsoft Operating System (Windows 7) and Microsoft Office are stored. The C: drive, along with all other drives, can be seen and accessed via “Computer” on the desktop.  Using the U: drive for saving data is preferred for reasons mentioned in the U: drive section below.

D: & E: Drives (example shown above)

The D: drive is an Optical Drive otherwise known as a BD-RE, DVD RW or CDROM Drive.  The D: drive allows users to play and/or write files to DVD media.  However, in some cases, the D: drive can be a second hard drive making the Optical Drive the E: drive.

U: Drive (example shown above)

The U: drive is a network drive where users save data.  The U: drive is not a physical drive but a network location that is linked to a server housed at the BISD Network Operation Center and backed-up weekly.  The U: drive is unique to each individual user’s login and cannot be accessed by other users.  BISD highly encourages all users to store their data on the U: drive for this reason. 

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