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.

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.

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.


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


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.