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Why am I getting an error on my N drive when I try to open a file?

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Article SummaryIf you have 50 Megs or less space free on your N drive, you will not be able to open files.
This article is intended for staff and students.
The most common reason to get an error when trying to open a file on your N Drive (What is my N drive?) is that you have no or almost no space left on your drive.
When your free space on your N drive drops below 50Megs, it will not allow you to interact with your files until you free up space.
The solution is to transfer files off your N drive until you have sufficient free space. You can do this by emailing them to yourself, use cloud storage, save to a USB drive, or delete unwanted files.


  • You cannot save to a USB drive when you are connected to MyDesktop via your browser.
  • It is a good idea to try and keep 10% of your N drive free. This improves performance and avoid problems.
  • Students and staff get their own OneDrive as part of Office 365 (What is OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) ?). Instead of N drive, consider using OneDrive - it is larger, and easily accessible from anywhere over the internet.



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