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MyDrive for Students

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Student Web Folders are now available via MyDrive, a new simplified system similar to Google Drive or Dropbox. Web folders can be accessed using your MyNOVA username and password.

MyDrive provides students space to share files with specific MyNOVA account users. MyDrive also allows students to upload web pages (to their public folder) that are viewable by anyone with a MyNOVA account. View the instructions for Uploading, Sharing, and Public (Web) options below.

Login to MyDrive

View/Download these instructions

  1. Go to mydrive.nvcc.edu

    MyDrive Instructions #1: Logging in

  2. Sign in with your MyNOVA username and password
  1. Click Add Files or drag & drop the files anywhere on the page. Drag & drop works in Internet Explorer 10+, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

    Uploading Files to MyDrive

  2. Click Start Upload.
  3. Files are automatically deleted after 365 days of inactivity. To manually delete a file, click the file’s icon (to the left of the file name) and click Delete.
  1. Click the Expand icon to display sharing options.

    MyDrive Sharing Settings

  2. Share: To get a shareable hyperlink to this file (to post on Blackboard, for example), click Share. This link will be active for 72 hours unless you specify a different duration (maximum is 30 days). Password protection is optional. Set your preferences and click Share. You will see the Public Link (below). Click the clipboard icon at the end of the link to copy the link. Paste the link into a Blackboard message or email to share it.
    MyDrive Sharing Settings step 2

  3. Email: To email the link directly from MyDRIVE, click Email. Enter the recipient’s email address. All other fields are optional. The link will be active for 72 hours unless you specify a different duration (maximum is 30 days). Set your preferences and click Email.

    MyDrive Sharing step 3

To see the list of files you’re currently sharing, click Share from the menu on the left side of the screen. You can see when you shared the file and when or if it was downloaded. Click the Edit dropdown to extend the sharing deadline or revoke access.

MyDrive Share Settings

The “public” folder is open to the NOVA public, meaning, anybody with DIRECTORY/MYNOVA accounts. Please be aware that anything put in a public folder will be viewable by others. Anyone who tries to view the content will be prompted to enter their MyNOVA credentials.

  1. To share a web site to a public folder, click the folder labeled Home in the middle section, then click New Folder.
  2. Name the new folder “public” (not case sensitive).
  3. Upload your web site to the public folder.
  4. Click MyWeb Root from the menu on the left side of the screen to view the published site.

MyDrive Public Folder

The URL to your public site is http://mydrive.nvcc.edu/username/public (where the word username is the student’s MyNOVA username). You can optionally add subfolders under the “public” folder to publish sites or apps for separate classes.

You must use your MyNova username and password to sign in to MyDRIVE. If your MyNova password has expired, MyDRIVE will take you to the MyNova page to reset your password. If you have any problems or questions, please contact the NOVA IT Help Desk at 703.426.4141 or ithelpdesk@nvcc.edu .

Core FTP 

Host: mydrive.nvcc.edu 

Username: (blank) 

Password: (blank) 

Port: 21 

Connection: FTP 

Deselect PASV 

Users will be presented with a login prompt where they enter their MyNOVA credentials. This works with or without the public folder. All files will go to the root folder by default unless they open a folder listed under their MyDrive.

Dreamweaver Go to Edit -> Preferences -> Site (Category): Change "FTP time out" to 60 seconds 

Click "Manage Sites…", highlight the NVCC site (name will vary) then click the "edit" icon, click "servers", highlight the NVCC server (name will vary) then click the "edit" icon, then input the following settings: 

Connect Using: FTP 

FTP Address: mydrive.nvcc.edu 

Port: 21 

Username: (username) 

Password: (password) 

Root Directory: public 

Web URL: http://mydrive.nvcc.edu/ 

More Options -> Deselect "Use Passive FTP" 

This only works if the public folder already exists on MyDrive.