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Article SummaryYour N drive is college network share. You can access your N drive anytime you are connected to the college network from on or off campus.

Your network drive may also be called a network share or an N drive. They all refer to the same thing – network storage that you can access anytime you are connected to the network, no matter whether you are on or off campus. For more information, see the Student Survival Guide N drive intro video.

When you look at the drives on your computer, your Algonquin network drive is listed as HOME (\\Algshare).

Note: Students also have access to additional cloud hosted storage via Microsoft OneDrive. Use your student email info to access your OneDrive. Contact Microsoft for any issues with this service. For more information on other storage options, see What storage options do I have other than my Algonquin N drive?

The details about your N drive are:

Student  N DriveStaff  N Drive
  • 250 MB of storage
  • Backed up everyday at 6am and backups are kept for 2 weeks.
  • 2 GB of storage
  • Staff typically has access to departmental network storage as well
  • Staff can request more storage based on need

Using VPN with your N drive

When at home or off campus, you need to run the VPN Cisco Anyconnect client before you can connect to your Algonquin network share drive (N drive). Before that, you will not be able to access your N drive.

The instructions for setting up your N drive to work with VPN are the same as when you are on the local network on campus – just make sure you are connected with VPN first.

If you have problems with VPN or just want an alternative, you can log into the Algonquin Secure Portal. You can access your N drive using the Secure Portal as well - there is a link to it on the main page. Note: Access using this method can be slow.

Need help connecting to your N drive? For help, see How do I connect to my N drive?
Need more space?  If you are running out of room on your network drive, see How do I increase the size of my network storage?




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