The UDrive is a central file service provided via Windows servers for Penn State users. You can store up to 1GB on your UDrive. Files are stored for as long as your Access Account is active. If the computer you use is a Windows platform, setting folder and file permissions is a little easier than doing the same with PASS space, since native Windows permissions are used. Also, because of the much smaller size, a self-service restore from backup system is available where you may be able to retrieve old files or files erased from the UDrive.
All Windows CLM-based systems also use the UDrive for storing user Desktop items.
Important: The UDrive is designed to store academic data that is classified as Low (Level 1) or Moderate (Level 2) per University Policy AD95. If you intend to store data of any higher classification (e.g., High (Level 3), Restricted (Level 4)), you should not use the UDrive and instead use storage designed for this type of data. If you have questions about (or how to determine) the classification of your data as well as acceptable storage locations, see the Office of Information Security’s Information Classification Decision Tool.
Connecting to the UDrive
Storing your data to the UDrive from a lab or classroom computer is easy. Learn how.
Our WebFiles application is the best way to use the UDrive from your own computer.
The files in your UDrive cannot be accessed by other users unless you share them. However, the names of the files and folders in just your home folder, not any subfolders within your UDrive, are visible to everyone. This makes sharing specific folders much easier.
If you don’t want anyone to see the names of some files, then put them in a subfolder.
Help and Support
If you need technical support for an issue with the UDrive service, visit the Penn State IT Service Desk site, or call them at 814-865-HELP.