Where should you store your files?

You’ve worked hard on your study notes and assignments, so you want to make sure you are saving those files in a secure space. Which, by the way, is not to the desktop of our computers.

So, where should you store these files? Let us tell you!

When you’re using the common-use computers on campus, you’ve got two main options: H Drive, and Google Drive.

H Drive

H Drive is available from common use computers via My Computer on the desktop.  If you save your files here, you will be able to access them from any common use computer at any campus.

Though if you’re using one of our library laptops, you’ll need to use FileWay to access H Drive.

If you want to access files saved to H Drive off campus it does get a tad tricky. You’ll need to login to Griffith’s VPN first. You get a quota of 50MB storage space for H Drive.

Google Drive

Google Drive is connected to your student email account. It’s accessible from any computer browser and most mobile devices. All you need is a connection to the internet and you’re sweet to access it anywhere.

You also get unlimited storage space on your Google Drive – that’s right, unlimited. Take a squiz at our post on using Google Drive for further info.

It’s also important to remember:

  • Saving your work to any other location on common use computers (e.g. the desktop or My Documents) will result in deletion when you log out or turn off the computer.
  • Backup, backup, backup your files! Along with Google Drive and H Drive, you could save to a USB or email the file to yourself.

What you need to know about our computer labs

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We’ve got a lot of great resources around campus, to cater to all your student and study needs.

Like our array of food shops to ensure you can always fill your stomach, or get that much needed coffee. Or our sport facilities so that you can keep your body active as well as your mind. Then there’s our handy online self-help resources such as Study Smart.

Let’s not forget the study spaces we have throughout all our campuses. There are places like the Goanna Lounge for when you’ve had a big day and need to chill (or maybe have a sneaky nap), or our libraries where you’ll find social, quiet and silent study spaces.

And computer labs – oh so many computer labs! You’ll find common use computer labs across all campuses. Super keen? We even have dedicated 24-hour computer labs.

Don’t forget that Griffith students are welcome to use resources at any campus – enrolled at South Bank but want to study at Logan? No problems!

But before you rush off to the computer lab only to find that everyone else is just as studious as you and there are no free computers, why not check computer availability first?

You can find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here, as well as check in advance how many computers are free in the lab you’re intending to go to.

All computers in common use computer labs will have standard software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and various internet browsers.

Sometimes you may require specialised software or hardware for your course. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through school-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your faculty).

Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.  

Google Apps are the appsolute best

Google is basically Dumbledore. Like Dumbledore reigned Hogwarts (before he got thrown off a building, anyway), Google reigns the realm of internet-related services and products.

Not only does Google provide a search engine any millennial couldn’t live without (how would we win arguments without it?), did you know they have a whole suite of online apps?

As a Griffith student, you are automatically given a Google Apps account, which gives you access to:

  • Gmail: Kinda a necessity. Your Gmail also has unlimited storage, too.
  • Google Calendar: You can schedule meetings, get reminders and notifications, share calendars, create tasks lists, and basically manage your entire life (well, almost).
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides: Create, share and collaborate on documents real time from desktops. Super handy for group assignments, or when you need someone to proofread your work. Plus, they’re all compatible with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Google Drive: Never fret about a lost USB again. Store files in the cloud so they can be accessed from anywhere.
  • Google Hangouts: Chat to your friends via voice, video or instant messaging.

To get to Google Apps, from your student email simply click on the Google Apps button (the 9 cubes at the top right of the screen).

We suggest you take a look and utilise these wonderful apps – you don’t want to be left behind like Ask Jeeves or Crabbe and Goyle (yeah, you might have to Google those).

Find more information on Google Apps here.

Protect your computer against viruses

Prevention is better than cure

Have you ever had a virus on your computer? We hope not, but just FYI – they’re not fun.

However, with more and more technological developments computer viruses are becoming increasingly common. For example, you may have heard in the news about the current WannaCry ransomeware attacks

This specific virus encrypts your computer’s files, and demands that you pay a ransom in order to regain access to your files. Doesn’t sound like fun, right? We told you.

So, what can you do to protect against these viruses? Well, most importantly, ensure you have anti-virus software installed on your computer!

As a Griffith student, you can download Symantec Endpoint Protection through our Software Download Service for free. Yes, it’s free! So there’s no excuse not to do it.

Just follow our instructions to access the Software Download Service, select the Symantec Endpoint Protection folder and your operating system, and run the executable file.

If you want further protection, you could also download Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security. While these incur a free, Griffith Students get 50% off, and we reckon that’s an alright saving! You can find out more about Norton Student Savings here.

Once you’ve gotten your anti-virus software sorted, there are a few more things to you can to do protect against computer viruses, so check out our post on how to secure your virtual world, and keep yourself protected online.

Roll up, roll up, and get Microsoft 365 for free!

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Don’t go paying to download and install Microsoft 365 on your personal device. As a Griffith University student you get access to Microsoft 365 for Education for free.

Enrolled Griffith students can download Office 365 for Education directly from Microsoft and install it on up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices, including Android, iPad, and Windows tablets.

Microsoft 365 for Education includes:

Basically, all the Microsoft products you need to succeed in your studies.

So, how do you actually download and install this software? Simple!

Go to the Microsoft Office website, type in your Griffith email address, and click get started. Then follow the prompts to download onto your personal device.

However, the freebies don’t stop here! Once it’s installed, you can access free training to learn how to use the products or improve your existing skills.

There’s also a super handy Student Resources centre where you can access an array of templates to make putting your document together easier, blogs with handy tips and interesting information, and training.

Help us recycle!

At Griffith, we pride ourself on many things. Have you seen the ads? We’re remarkable.

One of our greatest strengths is our commitment to sustainability. We achieve this in big ways – like the new Gold Coast car park topped with solar panels, and small ways – like recycling batteries and E-Waste.

And if you haven’t already, we’d like you to join in!

Do you go through mobile phones like Taylor Swift goes through boyfriends? Or are there more old batteries lying about your home than there are Ibis in the South Bank Parklands? If so, we want you.

Griffith University Libraries have E-Waste disposal stations at all campuses, as well as in the student centres at Logan, Mt Gravatt, and South Bank, The Chancellery at Gold Coast, and the EcoCentre at Nathan.

You can drop off any of the following:

  • Laptop batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Mobile phones
  • Mobile phone batteries

Your participation in this recycling initiative helps to prevent potentially toxic materials from entering Australian landfill. And an added plus – it provides a way for you to securely dispose of your old mobile device which may be full of your personal info.

Find out more information on the battery and mobile phone recycling stations webpage.

Check out our video conferencing spaces

In the 21st century, people are using libraries for so much more than simply retrieving books.

All of our Griffith libraries have different types of spaces for you to use. We have shelves filled with books (obvs); sometimes tired students nap in the aisles between these, but we suggest you don’t – it’s an OH&S hazard.

We’ve got silent study spaces so you can buckle down and study, quiet study spaces ‘cause sometimes you’ve gotta make a little bit of noise, social study spaces for collaboration, and bookable group study areas if you need a bit more privacy.

But, did you know that we also have private student video conferencing spaces at Gold Coast and Nathan campuses?

You can book these rooms online, just like the group study rooms. But though the booking method may be the same, the uses are actually very different.

You can use the student video conferencing spaces to:

  • Present and share information to a large screen via your laptop (or a borrowed library laptop).
  • Make a call to another Griffith Student Video Conference pod or staff member.
  • Skype, using your personal Skype details.

If all this sounds super fancy, but a little confusing – never fear!  We have how-to guides on the basics of using the video conferencing spaces, how to use Skype in the spaces, and how to present information on the screen.

Remember though, if you’re having a meeting that doesn’t require video conference technology, use a group study room instead.