File storage

Two major network drives exist on campus for your data storage needs. All of your files should be saved on one of these network drives; do not use the computer's local hard drive (C:\ drive).

The H:\ drive, your home folder

The H:\ drive is your secure, personal space. No one else has access to this space, so it is not appropriate for sharing files.

Space on the UW Tacoma servers is limited and you will be notified by email if your storage exceeds the quota. If you are over the storage limit, you will be unable to save additional files until your usage is below the quota. In this situation, you will be asked to move or delete files you no longer need.

The S:\ drive, for shared use

The student S:\ drive is an open-access location used to temporarily store files that can be accessed by all students. This location is not secure, and all files in this location are deleted five days after the end of every quarter. No recovery options are supported for files located on the student S:\ drive.

Can I access my files off-campus?

Yes! Visit the Network Access page for information on how to get Remote File Access.

The employee S:\ drive is for open-access collaboration within groups and departments. Access to subfolders on the S:\ drive is limited by your campus roles. If you need access to a departmental share folder, contact your department administrator.

Can I access my files off-campus?

Yes! Visit the Network Access page for information on how to get Remote File Access.

About data backup and recovery

  • Do not store data on your computer's local hard drive (C:\ drive). Files placed on the local hard disk are not backed up, will eventually be deleted, and are not recoverable.
  • Files and folders placed on the H:\ or S:\ drives are backed up by Information Technology. Such backups do not last forever — the availability of files for restoration is subject to time and backup media space. If you need assistance recovering a lost file or folder, notify IT immediately. The sooner you report the problem, the more likely we will be able to restore your data.
  • If you will be leaving UW Tacoma, you are responsible for making copies of (backing up) any files you create before your account is disabled or deleted.

For more information, please refer to the Computer use guidelines.