File Storage

Network file storage is provided for all Members, Faculty, and Staff. There are personal network storage spaces (I: Drive), personal web spaces (also located on the I: Drive), and numerous departmental spaces (P: Drive).

The table below lists most of the available file shares:

Name/Letter Address Path Description
I: Drive \\\usrfiles User folder for most Staff and Faculty
I: Drive \\\users

User folder and personal webspaces for Members

P: Drive \\\depot Contains departmental folders
If the path to the files you are trying to access is not listed above, please contact the ITG Helpdesk.

Accessing Network Drives

  • If you have an Institute-owned office computer: An "I:" drive is already mapped for you, which connects you to your own personal storage space on the network file server.
  • If you are using a personal device: You can follow these steps to map your network drives on your personal device.
  1. You will first need to establish a VPN connection in order to gain access to the Institute network.
  2. While connected to the VPN, follow these instructions to map your network drives
  • To access your personal network storage (I: Drive), establish an SSH connection with The home folder you are placed in will contain your personal files. It will also contain a public_html folder, which is where your personal webspace files are located.
  • To access ITG supported website directories, navigate to /home/web.
Note: We currently do not support methods for connecting to other file spaces using UNIX.

Backups and Snapshots

Backups are provided for all of our servers, including your own network storage space. A snapshot is a copy of a set of files and directories as they were at a particular point in the past. Snapshots are taken several times throughout the day and provide different revisions of your files which gives you more selections for file version recovery. To recover data from backups, please see the following instructions.

ITG clients are required to store work-related files on the network storage drives. These drives are backed up on a daily basis and provide a higher probability of data recovery. Please do not store files on the local hard drive of your office machine, it is best to use the I: Drive. If you store files on your personal computer, please back up your files on a regular basis.