What is Blackboard Drive?
Blackboard Drive allows you to mount remote volumes and folders on a WebDAV server, effectively turning the Internet into a secure, shared volume. The Blackboard Drive network volume behaves exactly like a Windows® OS shared volume, except that it uses HTTP and WebDAV protocols. This permits any Windows® OS application to open and edit documents stored on a web server as easily as if the documents were on your computer.
What Operating Systems Can Blackboard Drive Be Used On?
The latest version of Blackboard Drive is supported on the following Operating Systems:
- Windows® 7 32-bit and 64-bit OS
- Windows® Vista 32-bit and 64-bit OS
- Windows® XP 32-bit OS
- Mac OS X
The current release version of Blackboard Drive for Windows® is 1.5.13477, and Blackboard Drive for Mac is 0.9.
How Do I Download and Install Blackboard Drive?
If you are running the Mac OS X or the Windows XP operating system, then your choice will be easy. However, if you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 then you will first need to determine if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. To make that determination, please follow the steps below.
- Click the Start button.
- In the "Search programs and files" search box type "dxdiag", as shown in Figure 1 below, and press the Enter key.
- The DirectX Diagnostic Tool window will open. In the System Information section on
the General tab, the third line will indicate what Operating System you have installed.
In Figure 2 below, you can see that the operating system installed is Windows 7 Professional
Now that you know which operating system you have installed, please use the Download links below to download the installation package and the Install Instruction links that provide installation instructions for the Blackboard Drive package that is correct for your system. As always, if you have any questions regarding this please contact the Technology Assistance Center.