File storage and backup

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All employees and students at the University of Bergen have a personal area at the UiB file servers.

This is the "home directory" where you should store personal files associated with work or studies at UiB.

The IT department provides backup and access control to keep your files safe.


Safe in the home directory

Employees have 10 GB of storage, students 2 GB (October 2009). Available space is expanded at irregular intervals.

On a Windows PC set up by the IT department, you will find your home directory as drive O:\ or "My Documents". This is the default storage. On Linux you will find your home directory on the desktop as your username's "home".


At UiB Windows PCs, you always find the home directory as "My documents" or drive O:\.


Synchronizing laptop and home directory

Laptops are set up by the IT department to synchronize with your home directory. This is to ensure that all files remain in your home directory. When you work on your PC outside the UiB network, the files and documents are stored locally on your PC. The synchronization transfers new or updated files to and from your home directory to be automatically backed up every night. Without this synchronization, the files will be lost e.g. if the laptop is lost, the hard drive broken or the files deleted. Remember that synchronization must be run without error messages.

Read more about Windows laptops and synchronization