Network Filespace (U: drive)

All Staff (including Associates) and Students are provided with an individual secure filespace, stored on a central fileserver, known as your U: drive. 

Please note: your U: drive is for storing University-related files and should not be used for storing personal files, photographs, videos or music.

The advantages for using U: drive to store your files are:

  • You can access your files from any internet-connected computer.
  • You don’t have to remember which copy of your file is the latest one, if you work on several computers.
  • You don’t need to carry your files around on CDs or memory sticks which can get damaged or lost.
  • The files on the U: drive are regularly backed up and can be retrieved if you accidentally delete a file or it gets corrupted.
  • U: drive files can be synchronised with your C: drive to allow offline working

How to access your U: drive

Staff PCs and laptops which are connected on campus should have a U: drive mapped automatically on login.

Staff working offsite can access U: drive files through the U: drive application, via the MyExeter page under the My Files tab, or via VPN

Students can access U: drive by logging into iExeter, going to My Files, and selecting U:drive. Students can also access U: drive files from the open-access PC clusters.

How big is my U: drive

Staff U: drive quotas are 20 gigabytes

Student U: drive quotas are 400 megabytes, but all students have an additional 1 terabyte of storage in their OneDrive. 

If you get close to using up all your filespace you will see a warning message when you access your U: drive.

You should perform regular housekeeping on your U: drive to keep it to a minimum and delete personal or unwanted files.  

Staff should think about moving departmental-related files to your N: drive.