Local File Storage for Windows and macOS: where are my files stored?




Name Local File Storage for Windows and macOS

Recommended For

Individual File Storage

Audience

Campus Community

Description

Basic Local File Storage

Benefits/Limitations

Benefits: Native to your computer's local storage device (system hard disk, SSD, etc.)

Limitations: Files are only available on that device (unless synced with a service such as OneDrive). The storage device should be backed up by a backup service such as CrashPlan.

Data Classification Types

Laptops or desktops used to store Restricted information must be encrypted. You must also take measures limit unauthorized access. For more information, visit https://protectourinfo.princeton.edu

Available SpaceLimited to the overall size and available space on the computer's local storage device
How to Get StartedYour Windows or macOS user profile automatically creates and utilize this space when you first login to a new machine
Cost Associated with Service    Included with your computer's operating system and hardware

Locations - Windows

where netid is your logged on account

Documents - C:\users\netid\documents - Most application such as MS Office save to this location by default

Downloads - C:\users\netid\downloads - Files downloaded in Web Browser sessions commonly appear in this folder

Desktop - C:\users\netid\desktop - Items appearing on your Desktop are actually stored in this folder

Pictures - C:\users\netid\pictures - Most applications store pictures and graphics files in this folder

Locations - macOS

where username is the short name of your macOS user profile

Documents - /Users/username/Documents - Most application such as MS Office save to this location by default

Downloads - /Users/username/Downloads - Files downloaded in Web Browser sessions commonly appear in this folder

Desktop - /Users/username/Desktop - Items appearing on your Desktop are actually stored in this folder

Pictures - /Users/username/Pictures - The macOS Photos and iPhoto apps store their libraries in this folder


 

 Not sure this is the right solution? Before you start, make sure this is the best solution for your needs. See Help Me Choose a File Storage Service