What Is the O Drive?

by Gregory M. Dew

O: drives are a type of network drive companies use to store data. The data on the O: drive is available to be shared by those included in the network but is not stored physically on any one computer.

Function of the O: Drive

According to the Towson University Department of Computer Services, network drives enable users of computers connected to a network to share information. The O: drive is specific to a company's individual department. Members of that department have equal access to all information as long as that information is stored on the O: drive and not an individual computer.

Information Backup

By storing information on the O: drive, departments can avoid losing important information. Network drives backup all information nightly. Should an individual computer crash, the information for a department would still safely be stored on the network O: drive.

Access to Information

Storing information on the O: drive also enables members of a department to work outside the company building. Telecommuters and travelers can gain access to the O: drive by accessing an Internet connection and remotely logging in to the network.

About the Author

Gregory M. Dew has been writing about arts and culture since 1998. His work has been published in "The Ohio State Lantern," "Columbus Wired" and "Columbus Yogurt." Dew has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ohio State University.

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