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

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

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.