N: drive service end-of-life - April 2023

Monday, July 12, 2021

What is happening? The individual user network drive (N: drive) service will no longer be offered by IST after April 2023. OneDrive will replace N: drive as the centrally supported user file storage tool. 

  • In preparation for this change, users in Academic Support Units with IST-managed Windows machines will be migrating from N: drive to OneDrive during the Spring 2021 term, as part of the Migrating N: drives to OneDrive Project. Academic Support Unit migrations are expected to be complete by mid-September 2021. 
  • Participating faculties ready to begin N: drive to OneDrive migrations can contact IST for assistance. 

When is this happening? April 2023, between Winter and Spring terms.

Why is this happening? In comparison to N: drive, OneDrive offers a more user-friendly and robust file storage solution. With 5 TB of storage, OneDrive offers a significantly greater amount of storage space compared to the N: drive. OneDrive also allows users to access, share, and collaborate on files from anywhere on any device. Visit the Migrating N: drives to OneDrive Project page ​for more benefits.

Additional Resources 

Questions or concerns? Please contact Andrew McAlorum (amcalorum@uwaterloo.ca)

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