in the upcoming fall semester some big changes will be coming to user files and storage space. Remote lab systems will now auto-mount the CSUS U-drive when you log in and the "My Home Space on Gaia" will no longer appear on the desktop, however it will still be accessible. Your Home Space on Gaia will also be read-only. New ECS students won't have ECS accounts (except maybe ECS Class Accounts for Linux servers), and won't need to worry about transferring files from the old Gaia storage to the new CSUS U-drive.
A benefit to this new system is that since your U-drive will be auto-mounted on login, parts of your user profile in Windows will follow your logins from system to system. Files left on the Desktop and in the "My Documents" folders will be accessible from any CSUS Windows lab system.
This is a big change from the previous system, where user profiles were completely local to whichever Windows system you were on, and your files were accessible via a shortcut on the desktop that linked to your home space on Gaia. Now, the Desktop and My Documents folders are redirected, and are mapped to you at login.
Other parts of the user profile are still local though, such as the AppData folder. The AppData folder is commonly used by windows to store temporary application data such as application configurations, settings, and temporary files. Please be aware of where you are saving your work and where it actually lives.
Your "Home Space on Gaia" can still be reached on a Windows lab system. In Windows File Explorer, simply go to the address/path bar and type in \\gaia.ecs.csus.edu then enter your ECS username and password when prompted. The username should be prefixed with "ecs\" (because you are switching domains) e.g. ecs\yourECSusername.
You will also see your network-mapped U-drive in Windows Explorer. This drive can be used to store homework and project files. Your personal U drive has 10 GB of space, an increase from the current 1.5 GB default on Gaia. Your U drive can also be accessed from your personal systems as well by mapping the U drive.