Research Storage can be accessed on your Windows computer by mapping a network drive. When you map a drive, the storage will appear as a drive letter just like your computer’s local hard drive.
Research Storage can be accessed from recent versions of Windows including:
Research Storage cannot be accessed from older versions of Windows including Windows 7 because they don’t support the necessary security features.
Research Storage may be accessed on your Windows computer from both on and off-campus.
If you are on-campus and connected to NC State’s network, nothing further needs to be done.
If you are off-campus or not connected to NC State’s network, you will need to connect to NC State’s virtual private network (VPN) using the Cisco AnyConnect client. Please follow the instructions on the Virtual Private Networking (VPN) Service site to install the client and connect to the VPN.
You will need to know the network path of the storage in order to map a drive to it. The network path for each Research Storage share is conveniently shown on the Research Storage Manager page. For Windows, you’ll want to use the SMB Mount Path.
The network path for Individual shares follows this format:
\\rs.oit.ncsu.edu\rs1\researchers\<FIRST INITIAL>\<UNITY ID>
For example, if your Unity ID is jbdoe, the network path for your Individual share would be:
The network path for Project shares follows this format:
\\oitrspprd.hpc.ncsu.edu\rsstu\users\<FIRST INITIAL>\<UNITY ID>\<SHARE NAME>
You do not need to map multiple drive letters if you have access to multiple Project Shares. You can simply map a single drive to the the “users” directory and then navigate down to the Project Share directories you have access to:
If you are presented with a Windows Security / Enter network credentials dialog box, enter your Unity ID followed by @wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu:
If the username field is already populated but does not match the string shown above:
File Explorer should open to the newly mapped drive.