Must-know tips for better using Chip Render

C drive is a hard drive while Z and X drives are network drives. C drive is to perform heavy tasks that require high computing performance, such as rendering, training Deep Learning models, etc. Z drive, synced with Chip Render App, is to transfer files. X drive contains common software installers.

There are some useful tips for using C, Z, and X drives on Chip Render remote servers.

1. Upload data to Chip Render App before booting

It’s suggested to upload the data files to Chip Render App before booting the machine. Depending on the amount of data you upload, it may take a few minutes or longer to sync.

You can check the sync process by clicking the Syncing at the vertical bar on the left side.

  • Syncing shows that the folder is being synced to Z drive.
  • Synced means the sync process is done. To save your money, you should boot the machine after your data is synced.

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Note: In case it takes you too long to sync files, contact our technical support for help.

INPUT (Z:): Upload your data to our servers, please upload your data projects to INPUT (Z:)
OUTPUT (Y:): You can download the results file in OUTPUT (Y:), please move your output files from the C: drive to the OUTPUT (Y:) drive in Chip Render machine
Remember to compress the files in .zip format before uploading them to Chip Render App.

Chip Render App allows you to upload data anytime and anywhere. Especially for teamwork, each member can actively upload data files as long as they sign in to this app.

Note: In case you can’t see the uploaded file when you re-upload this edited file to Chip Render. The reason for this issue is that this filename already existed in the folder. To resolve this (or Solution): Please rename the file or upload it to another folder when re-uploading this file to Chip Render.

2. Install the software on a Desktop or C drive

Always keep in mind that you work everything on hard drives like C or Desktop, instead of network drives like X or Z. You might get installation errors when installing software on X or Z drive.

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  • Most software is not allowed to install via network drives (X or Z drive), so there is a system error.
  • As X and Z drives are network drives, so if you open the installer file and install it directly on one of these 2 drives, you will experience a slow opening and a slow or laggy installation.


  • If the installer you need is in X drive, just copy it to Desktop before installing.
  • In case you need a different installer, you should transfer it to the remote server by Chip Render. You then copy it from Z drive to Desktop before installing it.

3. Open files from C drive or Desktop

Working on the C drive or Desktop is optimal to prevent crashes, as opening files directly from the Z drive may lead to connection loss and crashes. So, remember to move your file to the Desktop before opening it.

The hard drive (C/Desktop) is better at data recording and transmission speed than the network drive (Z drive). As a result, rendering through C drive is much faster and more stable. It’s highly recommended to prepare the data files to render in C drive or Desktop, instead of Z drive.

Let’s watch the below video to see the huge difference when rendering a project at C drive and Z drive.

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4. Set output path at C drive to avoid data loss

Another tip you need to know is to set the output path on a hard drive like C or Desktop to avoid output data loss.

Imagine when you save the output path directly at a network drive like Z. As a result, the output files of your 3D rendering project may not be saved continuously when there is a temporary loss of connection.

Don't set the output path here - Chip RenderTo avoid this unfortunate thing from happening:

  • Set the output path at C drive first.
  • After rendering, compress the output results in .zip format, then move it from the C drive to the Z drive. To receive the result, read this guide.
Tips: Remember to name the result folder different from other folders in the Z drive. This action will avoid the case that rendered files overwrite the original files causing data loss.

5. What to do when you don’t see enough X, Y and Z drive?

After successfully connecting to the machine, if you don’t see enough X, Y, and Z drives, please follow these steps: right-click on the desktop and select “Reconnect XZY Drives”.

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