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UW IT Storage

U-Drive - 50 GB of Free Storage

50GB of Disk Storage that is accessible from any computer and is backed up.  See details at:

WINDOWS Clients:  You can connect to this storage by running the following command:

net use U:  \\\udrive

If prompted for Username/Password enter:  "netid\xxxx"   wherere xxxx is your UW NetID.  Once you do that, you will be prompted for your password.  Then inside of FILE EXPLORER you will see another Drive (U:) that you can use to save your files.  

LINUX Clients:  You can connect to this storage by running the following command:

smbclient // -U NETID/xxxx

where xxxx is your UW NetID.  Once you do that, you will be prompted for your password and you will have an "ftp-like" command environment.  Type 'help' to see a list of available commands. 

Other FREE Storage Options

Microsoft's OneDrive - Microsoft OneDrive for Business - This is Microsoft cloud storage available to all students/faculty/staff. FEATURES:  1TB (or unlimited in some situations) of storage, 2GB Max file size, Share files with other UW users.  For more details see:

Google Drive - Currently unlimited storage.  Data in Google Drive can be shared with any Google users, even those using the consumer version of Google Drive.  See details at:

Departmental Storage 

The Physics/Astronomy Department has lots of different storage options to consider.  Some are backed up some are not.  

Physics/Astro Linux User Home Directories

This is departmental supplied storage for all Phys/Astro grad students (1.7 TByte PHYS & 1.7 TByte ASTRO).  This is located on a Shared server and users are responsible for keeping space available for all to use.  Your home directory is backed up daily.  If backup performance on your directory is affected by having lots of tiny files, we will notify you and exclude your directory from being backed up.   PACS continually monitors these servers looking for students that have left/graduated and clears up this space to be available for currently active students.   Remember to take any of your important files with you when you leave.  You can check on usage/storage by going to this link:  

NOTE:  See additional notes below on how to keep your Home Directory clean. 

Faculty/Group Storage Servers

Most Faculty and Groups have their own server/storage systems.  If you are working with faculty or research group make sure you are storing your research/group data on their servers/storage area.  Most of this space is backed up, but you should check with the faculty/PACS before assuming these systems are backed up and safe. 

Scratch Space

There are several scratches spaces available for intermediate data/calculations.  WARNING - THIS DATA IS NEVER BACKED UP.  Some Examples are:

Local Workstation Space

Most of our Managed Linux machines will have several hundred GB locally that can be used, but is *NOT* backed up.

Helpful Tips on Keeping your Home Directory Clean

Trash and Cache
When trying to clean up your disk usage, there are several areas you might miss because they are hidden by the normal Unix file conventions, where any file/directory whose name begins w/ a dot ('.') is normally omitted from directory listings.  (To see these files use 'ls -a' from the command line; if you are using a graphical file browser/manager, check View/Show_Hidden_Files.)
Directories of particular concern are your trash and cache directories that can contain a TON of files.
These directories will *usually* remain under control if you have reasonable trash/cache settings and remember to 'empty' your trash periodically, but if you seem to be using more disk space that you can see, these are places to check.You should make sure you actually do have reasonable trash/cache limits set.For your firefox cache, look in Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Network[TAB] and look at the Cached Web Content section.  Check Override_automatic_cache_management and set it to a value of 200 MB. [This seems to be a good value for most users]
For KDE open the 'Trash' folder, then select Settings/Config_Dolphin/Trash, check 'Limit Trash Max Size', and then set the max size to something reasonable like 200 MByte.  Unfortunately, it only lets you enter the size as a percentage of the disk, and 1% is WAY TOO BIG (remember your Home Directory is on a shared server with hundreds of users) YOU will need to manually type in something like 0.05%.  You can leave the action as "warn me" IF you make sure you actually will follow up on emptying the trash when it occurs.
TRASH - Gnome/Nautilus Users
I've not been able to find a setting to limit the trash size.Trash files usually located at:  ~/.local/share/Trash/...  and should be flushed on a regular basis. 
Over time your download folder (Normally  ~/Downloads )used by your browser when downloading files will become quite large.   You should regularly flush this folder.