Friday, October 18, 2013

L drive, G drive, Z drive....Oh My!

Are you having trouble remembering how the L drive and G drive are different?  Are you confused on how to get to these shared drives now that they have all been lumped in folders in your Z drive?  If so then this tip is here to help, brought to your courtesy of Joshua Enos - Building Tech.

Lab drive translations - What do the letters mean?
L: is for Lab
G: is for Group

How do I access the G and L drive from my teacher computers?
The G and L drives can be accessed by going to the start menu, clicking on the word Computer and selecting the Z: drive.

From there, click on the Student Drives Folder.  In the folder you will see a few folders.  One will say Lab and another will say Group.  If you open the Groups folder, you will see all the G drives.  If you open the Lab folder, you will see all the L drives for the various labs/laptop carts.

For example:
At WMS for Lab 310:
Student G: drive is the same as staff Z:\Student Drives\WMS\Group\Lab310
Student L: drive is the same as staff Z:\Student Drives\WMS\Lab\Lab310 - Students DO NOT have access to write to this share, only to read from it.

At WMS on laptop carts (Silver, White, Yelow, Green):
Student G: drive is the same as staff Z:\Student Drives\WMS\Group\Carts
Student L: drive is the same as staff Z:\Student Drives\WMS\Lab\Carts - Students DO NOT have access to write to this share, only to read from it.

At WMS in the Media Center (All Laptops AND desktops):
Student G: drive is the same as staff Z:\Student Drives\WMS\Group\MC
Student L: drive is the same as staff Z:\Student Drives\WMS\Lab\MC - Students DO NOT have access to write to this share, only to read from it.

See the pattern? So in the Art room on the 3 student machines, their G: is equivalent to Z:\Student Drives\WMS\Group\Art on the teacher machines.
Same for the Tech Ed lab, Special Ed computers, etc...

Here's the logic behind it: 
 Let's say a teacher has a master template they have created in Word, but they want students to modify it to complete an assignment. The teacher should place the master template in the L: drive in a logically labeled folder. Students can then copy this template out to their U: drive, and modify it. Because students cannot write to L: (only read), they cannot accidentally write changes to the master template. This also alleviates network congestion as a roomful of students are not actively trying to edit the same template at once. Once students have completed the assignment, they can copy it to a folder the teacher has created as a turn-in folder. Students DO have write access to G:, so all students will then have their completed assignment in both their U: drive, and the G: drive.

Note:
On the student computers, it will still say L drive and G drive

Remember:
Each location has a separate L drive and G drive