Department of Computing Science
Introduction to Computer Systems
Umeå universitet


The file system and home directory in Windows (XP)

Home directory

The files residing in your home directory on the Unix systems will be accessible in windows under H:\. It is better to keep the files here rather than on the desktop since they then will be easier to access from both systems.

There is an upper limit for how much data you can store in your home directory - normally 15-25 MB when you start your studies, and increasing as you study at higher levels. If you are close to the upper limit you will receive a warning message and you won't be able to create new files.

Make sure you know what files are in home directory and compress old reports using gzip, bzip2 or winzip.

Directories, Folders?

The files are organized in a tree structure with a drive letter at the top level (e.g. c:\) and subfolders below. The folder c:\windows is a subfolder to c:\ and the folder c:\windows\system is a subfolder to c:\windows. This tree structure can be thougth of as a food store. The store itself is c:\, the different parts of the shop are subfolders (c:\windows) and the food itself is a subfolder to the parts. Now you should see why you cannot remove a folder without affecting its subfolders.

A new folder is created by pressing the right mouse button and selecting New->Folder.

If accessing files from the home directory takes time, all you can do is wait. All files are located on a single server and sometimes the network is running slow.

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