Many students have asked how to get data on or off of vLabs. UMass Lowell IT has partnered with Microsoft OneDrive in order to make getting files on or off of vLabs super easy. Just go to OneDrive.uml.edu, login and copy any files you want in vLabs into the browser window. Then log on to vLabs and they’ll be in OneDrive – the icon is right on the desktop.
If you would like to use a USB storage device (USB key, USB stick, etc.) in order to get data in or out of the vLabs environment, please note that the vLabs terminals on campus are incredibly energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint. As a result, they only support very low power USB storage devices. UMass Lowell Information Technology has researched multiple devices and has come up with a list of recommended USB keys that you can use to get optimal performance.
Please see the list below for devices that have been tested to work with vLabs. We have included the model number, so you can search any online retailer, including Amazon to get exactly the right part. IT is also working with the bookstore to get one or more of these items stocked right on campus. Watch this space for more information.
Ensure you format these devices using NTFS. If you do not use NTFS, performance may be significantly degraded - or they may be unusable. For instructions on how to do so, please see the NTFS Formatting Instructions (pdf).
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.
Should you choose to use a USB device other than one of the ones listed above, please note that you may see very slow performance, the storage may never show up in vLabs, or it may get disconnected at random intervals. In short, we do not recommend using a stick other than one of these tested devices.