Windows 10 Storage Changes

Windows 10 Storage Changes

A significant change to how files are backed up will occur when upgrading your MiWorkspace computer's operating system to Windows 10. One of the benefits of this upgrade is that storage is more reliable and more accessible when sharing files between platforms.

Before: Windows 7 Storage

Files on your desktop and in the "My Documents" folder appeared to be on the local machine but were in fact on a network drive. When you were disconnected from the network, changes made to documents were temporarily saved locally and synced to a network drive when reconnected. If you used more than one computer, this setup allowed your desktop and documents folder to be the same across multiple machines, but was difficult to manage because data could become out of sync, creating the potential for data loss.

After: Windows 10 Storage

Files on the desktop and in the documents folder are stored on the local hard drive (C:) and are available online and offline. Be aware that files and folders are not stored automatically on the network drive, and therefore are not backed up in the rare event of a hard drive failure or loss. Thus, it is important to use one of the following options to keep your data safe on Windows 10.

Note: If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7, please be aware that files stored on your desktop and in the documents folder will no longer be automatically synced to the network.

Storage Options

ITS recommends the following storage options to maintain your data on Windows 10:

  1. U-M Box and Box Sync

    For the most flexible data experience to access your data from anywhere, we recommend Box Sync. The Box Sync app allows you to have a copy of your U-M Box files on your desktop, allowing you to have data stored locally and synced from the cloud. It is available anywhere without needing an internet connection. Once you’ve chosen the files that you want to sync to from your local computer, you may edit files either in your Box Sync folder or on Changes made to a file located in a Box Sync folder will also be reflected on Box. Box apps are also available on mobile devices.

  2. Network Storage

    You may continue to use the U: Drive, as data will continue to be reliably available on the network drive. Remember that when you work disconnected from the internet, you will need to manually copy files locally and re-save to U: Drive, or other network drive when reconnected.

  3. Desktop Backup (powered by Crashplan)

    Crashplan is a desktop backup solution which is broader than the network drive or desktop folder. It is designed to protect your data files, allowing you to restore your content to a newly configured or re-imaged computer in case of an incident. You may use Crashplan in conjunction with other storage options. For more information and fees associated with this service, see Desktop Backup

Last Updated: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017