Access from Windows

You will need to know the path to your home directory.  Currently the easiest way to determine this is to login to a University or YoYo desktop workstation and look at 'This PC'.  Here you will see your U: drive already mapped for you, which will allow you to take note of the path to your Personal Storage (Home Directory)

U Drive screenshot showing the path

In this example you can see the path is

\\stfdata09.sheffield.ac.uk\home\CS\Cs1ijb

This will vary for every person since its private and no two people share the same path

Also note in the example above the path used is the text including the slash (\) characters, and the username of the account, in this case Cs1ijb

As a network location

Map a Drive

Connecting your storage as a network drive will create a permanent connection.

  1. On the Start menu, click Computer
  2. In the next window, click Map Network Drive in the top menu bar
  3. In the Drive drop down box select the U: drive
  4. In the Folder box, type the path to your Personal Storage

example: \\stfdata09\home\CS\Cs1ijb

  1. Make sure the option Reconnect at logon is checked
  2. Click Connect Using Different Credentials, and then click Finish
  3. Click More choices, and then Use a different account
  4. When prompted type in your University username followed by @shefuniad e.g. cs1ijb@shefuniad
  5. Enter your password

NOTE: Never tick the box to remember credentials on a shared computer

  1. Your storage will now be connected to your computer as a mapped drive called the U: drive

In the future, when you want to connect to this server, the mapped drive should be available. On the Start menu, click Computer. In the next window, click the U: drive.

As a folder

Browse your Storage

  1. Open the Windows Start menu
  2. In your search bar type the path to your Personal Storage.  An example is quoted below - but you should use your own personal storage path

\\stfdata09\home\CS\Cs1ijb

  1. Enter your University username followed by @shefuniad e.g. cs1ijb@shefuniad
  2. Enter your password when prompted

NOTE: Never tick the box to remember credentials on a shared computer

Your Personal Storage area will open in a new window

Add as a Favourite folder

  1. Go into your Personal Storage area
  2. Right click on Favourites in the left-hand folder menu
  3. Select Add current location to Favorites
  4. Your storage will now show in your Favourites list in the left-hand folder menu

If you are following these instructions from home then please remember to connect to the University's VPN service first.

Updated October 2019