Individual Shares

Individual Shares

What is a share?

A ‘share’ is an allocation of Research Storage. There are two kinds of shares: individual shares are available to all NC State faculty members for free, in 2TB allotments, for the entirety of the faculty members’ employment.

Project shares are Research Storage allocations that are associated with active projects in NC State’s Research Enterprise Data (RED) system.

Who can set up an individual share?

All NC State faculty are eligible for their own individual Research Storage share. To see if you’re eligible:

  • Log in to the OIT’s Research Services Web Portal
  • Click the Research Storage menu at the top
    If you see the Set Up Individual Storage menu item, it means you’re eligible but have not yet set up your storage
    Set Up Individual Storage menu item

How Eligibility is Determined

The portal checks the role attribute in the University’s LDAP directory ( Anyone whose role is listed as faculty is automatically eligible.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for their own allocations, and are encouraged to have their PI or faculty advisor add them as collaborators on the faculty member’s individual share (see the User Access page for instructions on how to do so).

We realize there may be situations where someone conducts research but their role is listed as something other than faculty. Exceptions may be granted. Contact with additional questions.

How do I set up my share?

Get Started with Individual Storage box

  • Click the Get Started! button
  • You’ll see a Confirm box similar to this:

Individual Storage Confirm box

  • Please read the text in the Confirm box and click the OK button

That’s it. You should be taken to the Research Storage Manager page and will see a section of the page that looks like this:

Individual share waiting to be configured

After approximately 1 minute, the orange hourglass icons should turn into green checkmarks:

Individual share ready

Once you no longer see any orange checkmark icons, the share is ready to be used.

Next Steps

Set Up Access for Additional NC State Users (optional)

See the User Access page for instructions.

Access the Storage

See the Access Research Storage page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a graduate student or a postdoc. Am I eligible for storage?

Only researchers with faculty status are eligible to set up Research Storage allocations. However, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows can be added to Research Storage allocations by a PI or other faculty advisor. For instructions on adding users to particular Research Storage allocations, please see the User Access page.

How do I request additional storage?

To request an increase to an existing share, please submit a ticket to

I have non-NC State collaborators that need to access my research data. Can I share data from my individual or project share?

Yes, via the web-based data management tool Globus. Globus enables researchers to easily share and receive large data sets with collaborators from other institutions. For questions about using Globus, please submit a ticket to