Changes to M: drives: March to April 2021

23 March 2021

Computing Services is continuing work to move our central file storage system to our new data centre, having rescheduled the work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the end of March until mid-April, staff and student network storage - M: drive - will be moved, in a phased approach, to enhanced infrastructure in the new data centre.

This work will enable us to take advantage of enhanced security features to help protect University data from cybercrime, as well as provide staff and students with improved performance.

* Do I need to take any action?
We will notify you by email when your M: drive is due to be moved. You will also be informed if you have been granted permissions to access files on another person's M: drive, which is being relocated.

* Before the migration:
We recommend reviewing the permissions granted on your own M: drive as soon as possible. Follow the instructions in our knowledge article to check and update permissions - https://s.liv.ac.uk/707

If you use offline files, please connect to the internet and make sure all the files on your M: drive have synchronised before the migration date.

* During the migration:
Your M: drive will not be available whilst it is relocated. However, the migrations will take place overnight and at weekends to keep disruption to a minimum.

* After the migration:
Your M: drive will have a new network path. If you are using an MWS computer on campus, you simply need to log off and log back on again to restore access to your M: drive.

If you are working off-campus, or you access your M: drive from a computer that is not running the Managed Windows Service, you will need to re-map your drive. Instructions are available in our knowledge articles:

- How to connect your M: drive on Windows 10: https://s.liv.ac.uk/701
- How to connect your M: drive on a Mac: https://s.liv.ac.uk/702

As a reminder, your M: drive is just one of the file storage services available. OneDrive for Business is also available to both staff and students. OneDrive makes it easy to work on the same file across different devices - a University PC, to a personal laptop or Mac, to iPad or mobile phone. Microsoft Teams and SharePoint enable collaboration on files, as well as bringing together chat, apps, online meetings and a range of features for collaborative working.

If you are working with research data, you need to follow your subject-specific research policy and rules on data storage and sharing. Research Data Management and ethics guidance takes precedence when it comes to deciding where to store your data.

OneDrive - https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/csd/my-files/onedrive/
Microsoft Teams - https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/csd/office/office365/teams/
Research Data Management - https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/library/research-data-management/