Using local storage is highly risky. Computers can crash and data can accidentally be deleted at any time. However, local storage is often necessary for data collection - thus, the most import message to take is that you 1) must be aware of when you are writing data to Local Storage and 2) back up your data to Central Storage as soon as possible.
When using a Windows PC with a wired connection to the Trigon Network, you are able to drag and drop files from Local Storage (i.e. from the
C:\ drive and
D:\ drive) to Central Storage.
You also have read-write access to files in the Central Storage.
This means that you can directly edit and write files on Central Storage from file explorer.
Below, we have listed examples of devices where you may or may not need to back up data from Local Storage.
Lab Computers include all of the computers located in the various laboratories at the DCCN (i.e. behavioral, MRI, EEG, MEG, General Use PCs, etc.). Formerly, Lab Computers did not have a connection to the Trigon Network. This has recently changed for some laboratory computers.
In the MRI, MEG, EEG, TMS, and Behavioral laboratories you will have access to Central Storage via a Network Connection on General Use PCs and Stimulus PCs. This is only true if you log in with your DCCN username: this will give you read-write access to files in your Home Drive and Project Folders which you are a contributor for.
EEG PCs in these labs will not have a Network Connection.
It is important to delete your research data off of Lab Computers once it has been backed up to ensure that there is sufficient space on the Local Storage.
Network Desktops are the Windows Desktops which are located at Flex Desks, the Instruction Room, the Trainee Room, and the various PCs in meeting rooms. All Network Desktops are connected to the Trigon Network and therefore have access to the Central Storage facilities at the DCCN. However, by default data will be written to local storage on Lab Computers.
TG Issued Laptops¶
TG Issued Laptops are the DELL Laptops issued by the TG Help Desk. When Docked at the DCCN, TG Issued Laptops are connected to the Trigon Network and therefore have access to the Central Storage facilities at the DCCN. However, by default data will be written to local storage on the Laptop.
Under no circumstances can a wired connection between your personal computer and Trigon Network be established.