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Network Drives

There are three common network drives at Ohio Wesleyan:

  • app on ‘arcturus’ (G:) This is the applications drive where you can find setup files for many campus applications. Instructors may direct their students here for course-specific programs.
  • shared on ‘polaris’ (H:) This is a repository of folders for various departments and groups on campus. Most of the folders on this drive are restricted access.
  • username on ‘PolarisUsers’ (U:) There is a network drive assigned to every employee user account on our Windows network that has the same drive name as your OWU username. This is a location on the network where faculty and staff may store important documents or backups to provide added security. The server that hosts these drives is backed up regularly and Information Services can provide restoration of files up to two weeks old.
    Please Note: Your ‘personal’ U: drive is not for storing files of a personal nature, such as family pictures or a music library. Think of it as an individual work drive. See the Computer Use Policy for more information. Also it does not have sufficient storage capacity for employees to have multiple copies (versions) of backup files. Contact us for assistance.

Students connecting to our network will not see these drives unless they are using a lab computer, such as the workstations in the Beeghly Information Commons. These BEIC computers will have access to the G: and H: drives above, as well as a “beic on ‘Polaris\Users’ (U:)” drive. This network share is a place where students may store documents and retrieve them from another lab workstation. Note that anyone who logs into a lab PC will have access to files saved on this drive and that all data stored is erased periodically:

  • Every time the computer is shut down, files are deleted from the local hard drive.
  • Files on “beic on Polaris\Users (U:)” are deleted between each semester.

Help! One or all of my network drives are missing.

If you do not see one or more of these drives, the first thing you should try is rebooting your computer. Often, restarting will restore lost network connections.


For instructions on accessing Network Drives on a Mac see the Accessing the Windows Network on a Macintosh Computer page.