Migrating your home directory (H: drive) to OneDrive

Information Resources & Technology will be migrating home directories (H: drives) to Microsoft’s OneDrive, a cloud-based storage solution that makes it easier to access your files from any device and advances our effort to better support flexible work

This migration is planned in phases over the summer. We will send additional announcements with a more detailed timeline when the migration schedule has been finalized. 

While no immediate action is required on your part, we suggest you take the following steps to help prepare for this move:

  • Review your home directory and remove unnecessary files. All files currently stored in your home directory will be moved to OneDrive automatically. If there are files you no longer need, you can remove them now. 
  • Get familiar with OneDrive:  With OneDrive, you can securely save and share your files from anywhere, on any device. Use these resources to get familiar with OneDrive:

Why OneDrive? What about Google Drive?

We selected OneDrive as the platform for this migration as it integrates seamlessly with the Windows operating system, which the vast majority of computers on campus use.

While your home directory will be moved to OneDrive, Google Drive will remain available for file storage, sharing and collaboration after this migration. As a reminder, you may store and share confidential data, including patient health information and protected research data, in Google Drive and OneDrive.

Why are we making this change?

Files currently stored in your home directory are stored on servers located on campus, and you currently have to be on campus — or connected to the Rowan VPN — to access those files. Files stored in home directories also cannot be easily shared with collaborators and, with no web interface, can be inconvenient to access from various computing devices.

The current design no longer meets the requirements of how we work, learn and teach today. So, we are transitioning to a cloud-based solution that offers more features and is capable of quickly adapting to changing demands. 

If you have any other questions, please contact the Technology Support Center at 856-256-4400, or submit a ticket in the Rowan Support Portal. You can also get answers to common questions in our Knowledge Base and our chatbot, Ask Susan, at any time.