Network Storage

Personal Network Storage

All students, faculty, and staff are given a personal storage space on the Amherst network. Often called “Userfiles” or the “U drive”, it provides safe, secure, backed-up storage for files that you don’t need to share with others.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Five College Students
Features and Benefits: 
  • Automatic backup every night.
  • 1 GB capacity for your most important files. Faculty, staff, and thesis students can request increases by contacting the IT Help Desk.
  • If your personal network share is on the Userfiles server, it is also accessible using WebDAV. Just about all faculty and student shares, as well as many staff shares, are on Userfiles.
Additional Information: 
  • The storage technology used for personal shares is very expensive. If you need network storage on the order of tens of GBs or into TBs or your Userfiles space is full and cannot be further increased, contact the IT Help Desk to request project network storage.
  • If you need to share files or folders and/or manage permissions, use another network storage option such as Storage or AC Apps Google Apps for Amherst. Contact the IT Help Desk to learn about options for sharing files, folders and setting permissions.

Temporary Network Storage

Use the Scratch temporary network storage share to move or share files and folders. Scratch is a large-capacity, public, network storage share that is erased overnight. Use Scratch if you need to move files and folders from one computer or device to another, share files or folders with someone else at Amherst or do a quick temporary back-up of some data.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Five College Students
Features and Benefits: 
  • large capacity network storage
  • share files and folders with others at Amherst
  • move files and folders between computers or devices
Additional Information: 
  • Scratch storage is public, any Amherst students and employees can access data stored there
  • Scratch storage is temporary, the Scratch share is erased overnight every day

Project Network Storage

If you have a need for network storage that is greater than your personal network storage provides or that needs to be accessed by people from many departments, you can request a project share by calling the Help Desk. Usually created on the Storage server, project share have far looser storage limits than personal storage shares.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Features and Benefits: 

Storage capacity of the share able to grow as your needs grow.

Ad hoc permissions: You can grant access to anyone with an Amherst account. Call the Help Desk to change permissions on your project share.

Accessible from off-campus (VPN required for Windows) and from any web browser--and many mobile apps--via WebDAV.

Automatically backed up every night.

Getting Started: 

Call the Help Desk to discuss your project network storage needs.

Department Network Storage

Most administrative departments have access to a department network share that is automatically accessible to all members of the department. In addtion, a pilot program is underway to create department network shares for academic departments.

Audience: 
Faculty
Staff
Features and Benefits: 
  • Automatic access by all members of a department.
  • For Windows users in administrative departments, a script automatically maps your department share to the I: drive on your computer.
  • Large amount of storage space, subject to server constaints.

WebDAV

WebDAV is a standard interface that lets you access Amherst storage shares from any web browser and many mobile apps.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Features and Benefits: 

Available on the Amherst Storage server and Userfiles (fs005) server. Not yet available on fs001.

Lets you view (read) files on a network share form anywhere using any web browser.

Lets you read and write files using software that supports WebDAV. Increasingly, mobile apps for iOS and Android are supporting WebDAV.

Getting Started: 

To access a network share using WebDAV, you need to use the proper address. For Amherst servers, the address takes the form:

https://webdav.amherst.edu/server_name/share_name

Thus, if you were Jeff Amherst (username jamherst) and your U: drive was on the Userfiles server, the WebDAV address would be:

https://webdav.amherst.edu/userfiles/jamherst

Dropbox

Dropbox provides a self-service model for cloud storage that makes file sharing and collaboration effortless: it allows you to store and synchronize your digital assets across multiple devices, share folders or files in their native format, send file requests, and collaborate with others within and outside of Amherst College without the need to contact IT.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Features and Benefits: 

Unlimited Storage: Dropbox at Amherst College offers unlimited storage for files, folders, backups and everything you consider of importance.

Collaborate: When you share a Microsoft Office files, you and your collaborators can view and edit the file simultaneously using Office 365.

Share files: You can easily share any file from Dropbox with anyone. A Dropbox account is not required.

Request files: You can easily request files from anyone.

Live Collaboration: Office 365 allows for real-time collaboration on Microsoft Office documents stored in Dropbox.

Your files available from anywhere: Files stored on Dropbox are accessible to you from any computer or mobile device that has a web browser and an internet connection. 

Sync files: If you regularly use two (or more) computers, tablets and/or smart phones, you can install Dropbox software on each and automatically sync your files, thus letting you work on the same files from any of your devices.

Large file transfers: Most email systems (such as the College's) limit the size of attachments, but Dropbox lets you share any sized file. 

Note: You can also use the Amherst College FileSender utility for large size file transfers.

Requirements: 

Dropbox is available for students, faculty, and staff. A computer with a web browser or a mobile device with a web browser or the Dropbox app installed is required to access Dropbox.

Getting Started: 

If you have not yet received an invitation to join Dropbox through Amherst College, you may request to join Dropbox by writing to AskIT@amherst.edu.

For full documentation on Dropbox, please visit the Dropbox Business User Guide.

Additional Information: 

Review the Cloud Storage Guide to help you decide which cloud storage service is right for you.

Cloud Storage Guide