by Fiona Higgins – Opinion Editor
Student information and document storage may come and go, but one will always stand above the rest; the H: Drive. Unfortunately, it has been unceremoniously yanked from under Kentlake student’s feet.
At the beginning of the year, student’s laptops began opening a popup every few hours, urging us to make an account on OneDrive if we have not already. Many of us were confused. Why would we want to do that when we have a perfectly good H: Drive? Documents there stay forever, and you can access your H: Drive from any computer you want. It was easy to get to. However, it quickly became clear why we were being pushed to open a OneDrive account; our H: Drives have been deactivated.
For any dismayed students who have somehow missed this bit of information, rest assured, anything you left there last year is still there. You can still open the documents saved there. But, the moment you try to save anything to it now, you will receive a notification: “You don’t have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission. Would you like to save in the Documents folder instead?”
Most of us would reply “No, why would we?” The H: Drive is secure, but Documents are definitely not. Saving in documents is taking a risk that a computer problem could wipe out all of the work you have there, as well as documents being wiped every single year when you turn in laptops. Unfortunately, we don’t have a choice in the matter anymore. Right now, you have three options: The desktop, your Documents, or OneDrive.
After two months of living without our H: Drives, those of us who went through all of high school with them are more than a little peeved. The H: Drive was convenient, but OneDrive requires lots of navigations and opening new tabs. It feels like more of a lengthy process.
At the same time, teachers seem to be trying to phase out the S: Drive, where they have previously saved all of their notes, and where we used to turn things in. A few teachers are hanging on, and students with those teachers typically really appreciate it. But for many, they are making an about-face towards Canvas, another site that many students really dislike. In the hands of a teacher who really knows their way around it, it is at least tolerable, even with its confusing navigation, but anyone who is not sure of what they are doing can easily leave a class confused or frustrated because they are not able to turn in assignments on time, whether it be an unpublished assignment or an unpublished whole module.
We tried OneDrive. It works, but we all use it begrudgingly. Ask almost anyone, and they will tell you that they want the H: Drive back. It is more readily available, and much less risky -and less annoying- than many of our other options.