How to access a migrated FIT Home Directory

In mid-2020, the Division of Information Technology began the final phase of a project to retire Home Directories—the networked personal storage space for students only accessible from workstations on the FIT campus. The Home Directory is sometimes referred to as the N Drive, Y Drive, or Campus Drive.

Once you see your Home Directory zip file in your Google Drive follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Access Your Google Drive 
Sign in to your FIT email account with your FIT email address and password.

To access your Google Drive, please click on the Google Apps button in the upper right of your screen, and then select “Drive.”

How to access a migrated FIT Home Directory
Find Zip File
The contents of your FIT Home Directory have been moved to Google Drive. The zip file will be named using the following formatting. 
FIT_HOMEDIR_FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME.zip or FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME.zip
For example, Jean Student would see a file named FIT_HOMEDIR_JEAN_STUDENT.zip in their Google Drive). 
How to access a migrated FIT Home Directory

Unzip the file using Google’s built-in Zip Extractor

Right-click on the Zip file, select “Open with” and then select ZIP Extractor.

Unzip a file using Google's Zip Extractor

If you have never used ZIP Extractor, you will be redirected to the welcome screen. Click the “Authorize ZIP Extractor” button. 

Welcome to Zip Extractor

Select your FIT email account, if signed in to more than one Gmail account. Then select “allow” on the permissions page to grant ZIP Extractor access to your account. 

ZIP extractor wants access to your account screen

It may take a few minutes to load your file. Once loaded, click the “Extract” button. Again, it may take several minutes or longer depending on the size of your ZIP file. 

ZIP Extractor extract screen

Once the extraction is complete you will see a folder with the same naming conventions as the zip file in your Google drive. That folder will contact all the folders/files migrated from your Home Directory, additionally, it should retain the same organization structure you had in your Home Directory. 

Alternative Unzip File Instructions

If the unzip instructions above do not work, please follow the instructions below to download the file to your computer. 

Check File Size
Before proceeding to the next step to download the Zip file we highly recommend you check the File Size and verify you have enough space on the device you are downloading to.

To check the file size, right-click (or CTRL-click) on the Zip file, and select “View details” to from the menu. Which can be found on the details page that will load on the right of the screen. 

How to access a migrated FIT Home Directory
How to access a migrated FIT Home Directory
Download Zip File
Right-click (or CTRL-click) on the Zip file, and select “Download” to from the menu. 
How to access a migrated FIT Home Directory
Unzip File and Save 
Locate the downloaded zip file where downloads set to store on your device. Use the zip program of your choosing. Note: Most computers have a default program. The process to unzip the file and move files back to Google Drive may take over an hour or longer depending on the size of the zip file.
 
You can sort through the files and save as you wish. Remember, you have unlimited storage with Google Drive. 
How to access a migrated FIT Home Directory

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