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Network Storage

The university offers several options for file storage and sharing.  View a side by side feature comparison (Excel file hosted on Box).

Box

Box offers 50 GB of long term, secure file storage, sharing, and collaborative editing.  If you need to share a file with one or more people, especially if the file needs to be edited or kept for longer than 30 days, use Box.  You can share/collaborate with anyone inside or outside of the university, as long as they have an email address.

Filelocker

Filelocker offers temporary, secure storage for sharing files and data.  If you need to send an attachment larger than 15-20 MB, use Filelocker instead.  By default you can store/share files up to 1 GB for up to 30 days, with an option to increase that size to 8 GB on request.  You can share with anyone inside or outside of the university, as long as they have an email address.

NAS Home & Shared folders

  • Login: See instructions below
  • Eligibility:
    • Home folder: current employees, current graduate students, retirees
    • Shared folders: by departmental request
  • Best use:
    • Home folder: Secure storage of files that you normally access from on campus
    • Shared folder: On-campus departmental file sharing

NAS storage offers secure, high speed, on-campus file storage that can be mapped to a Windows network drive, mounted on a Mac via Command-K, or accessed from off campus via the SSL VPN.  Default quotas for individuals on home.ohio.edu are 2 GB.  Departmental quotas on shared.ohio.edu are determined on a case-by-case basis.  NAS storage access is restricted to OHIO users only. 

On campus - Windows

  • Open the Start Menu and click Run
  • Enter the appropriate address:
    • \\home.ohio.edu\home for personal storage
    • \\shared.ohio.edu for departmental, shared storage
  • If prompted, enter your OHIO ID and password
  • Your folder will open in a file explorer window
    • For shared storage, select your department from the list in the resulting file explorer window

On campus - Mac

  • From the Finder, press Command-K or click the Go menu and choose Connect to Server...
  • Enter the appropriate address:
    • smb://home.ohio.edu/home for personal storage
    • smb://shared.ohio.edu for departmental, shared storage
  • If prompted, enter your OHIO ID and password
  • Your folder will open in a new Finder window
    • For shared storage, select your department from the list in the resulting Finder window

Off campus

  • Use the SSL VPN to access Home and Shared folders from off campus.