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ESU "Cloud" Storage Space

Develop Good Backup Habits

Why do this?

Where Should you Back Up your SLIM Coursework?

Don't Rely on Canvas!

You cannot count on having access to your Canvas courses beyond the semester in which you take your courses, as some instructors make their courses unavailable right after the completion of the semester. It is always possible that this practice may become the norm for all courses in the future. 

If by some chance you lose your course work some time in the future and cannot retrieve it (e.g., your hard drive fails and you have no backups and the Canvas course is unavailable), then your only course of action is to contact the instructor in order to see if he/she can possibly retrieve your lost course work for you.

Having said that, it's best to avoid this situation entirely by backing up your course work in at least two locations - e.g., your computer hard drive and a "cloud" storage space in case your computer hard drive fails.

Cloud Storage Options

ESU Cloud Storage Space = SkyFiles or "Y" Drive (Formerly MyFiles)

Your ESU "cloud" storage space is called "SkyFiles" or the "Y" drive (on-campus computers automatically map the space to a "Y" drive). The "SkyFiles" and "Y Drive" names for this space are used interchangeably by people on campus (particularly IT (formerly TCS) tech support people who might help you troubleshoot problems).

SkyFiles/Y Drive Details

SkyFiles/Y Drive Space Allocation

The default space allocation is 25MB, but you may call IT at 1-877-341-5555 and ask for more space if needed.

How to Access your SkyFiles/Y Drive

Availability of SkyFiles/Y Drive After Graduation

Your Access to SkyFiles/Y Drive storage and ESU email remains active for two years after you graduate.


DropBox is a commercial "cloud" storage that is highly recommended. You can store up to 2GB free with their service, and sync your storage space to multiple computers if you install their software. After installing the software, the Dropbox behaves just like another file folder on your computer. You do not have to install the software, however, and you can always just utilize their web interface in order to upload/download files. This makes it a very flexible option.


Google Drive

Another great commercial alternative is Google Drive. It works similarly to Dropbox, and you may prefer it since it can tie in with a Google email account. It also has the feature of special software that will make your google drive look just like another folder on your computer. One usability difference is that Google Drive is combined with Google Docs, so if your document is a Google doc, the document will open in a browser window rather than opening in an application on your computer (e.g., Microsoft Word).