What is zDisk?
zDisk is an experimental project exploring network home folders. With network home folders, your home folder and its contents are stored on a file server instead of being stored locally on the computer's hard drive. This gives you easy access to your files from any computer that is connected to the file server.
Here's an example. Alex starts a project - a digital slide show- during a class session on one of the computers in the eLearning Lab (eLL). A few days later, Alex wants to scan some pictures to add to the project, so she stops by the Innovation Zone (IZ) and works on one of the computers in the Digital Media Production Zone. The slide show she saved to her Documents folder on the eLL iMac is available for her to work on in herDocuments folder on the IZ iMac. Later that week, Alex is back in IZ at a different computer adding some short video clips to the presentation. Finally, the following week, Alex is back in the eLL to present the completed presentation to the class. The complete presentation was created using four different computers in two different "zones" in the Harris Center - and the content "followed" Alex to each distinct computer.
How does zDisk work?
It's pretty simple. Log-on to any zDisk-aware computer with your F&M username and password. That's it! zDisk takes care of the technical stuff. Once your project is completed, copy the finished product to eDisk, a flash drive, or burn it to a CD or DVD.
zDisk is not for permanent file storage. Any file that has not been modified within the last 30 days will be automatically deleted.
zDisk computers are connected via gigabit ethernet - a networking technology in which data is transmitted at one gigabit per second - to facilitate fast, high bandwidth data transfer.
Is zDisk different from eDisk?
Yes. zDisk is different from eDisk in several distinct and important ways:
zDisk was designed and is administered by the Office of Instructional and Emerging Technologies (IET) in Information Technology Services (ITS).
For more information about zDisk, contact IET.