Your University file storage options
Find out what types of file storage are available to students and staff so you can use the right file storage service for you.
Your University home drive
Students and staff have 1GB of personal file storage space at the University, often called your H: (Home) drive. It can be used much like space on your home computer: save essays, CVs and lecture materials. The H: drive allows you to:
- see how much space you are using
- request more space if you run out of storage
- get help with file recovery; this and other University storage is backed up by us on a daily basis, being kept for 3 months
- scan paper files directly to your H: drive or any email for free to help you store and organise documents
Shared storage on the X: drive
All staff have access to parts of the University shared drive, often called the X: drive. Students can use this to save group and project work, once granted access by a supervisor. Supervisors should contact IT support to set up the right permissions.
1TB of space is made available for every active, funded research project under each member of staff. A principal Investigator (PI) or supervisor can request this storage by contacting their IT supporter. This appears as part of the X: drive.
Research data should be stored in line with the University research data guidelines. These advise the use of the X: and H: drive, particularly in preference to cloud based options, for security reasons. You can contact IT support to ensure data is securely destroyed or for bespoke storage support for large or unusual research project data needs.
You can access University drives from any University computer and via files.bath. Files.bath is the simplest way to access your files and offers file-sharing facilities (similar to Dropbox). Alternatively, 'mapping your University drives' allows University folders to appear as if saved on your personal computer. Guidance on how to do this can be found on the help desk, along with other file storage and sharing information.