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How can I get access to my University files from my laptop or home PC using WebDrive?


You can access your files (for example, your university N: drive), on a PC, using a program called WebDrive, for which the university has purchased a site licence.

Once you have downloaded and installed Webdrive, follow the instructions below to add a connection and start using it.

Configure the cache settings

Change this settings to make sure you see the most up-to-date information about your files.

  • A WebDrive icon is in the  System Tray at the bottom right of your computer screen
  • Right-Click on this icon and choose Program Settings
  • Choose Basic Cache Settings from the left panel
  • Tick Multi-User
  • Click OK

Set up a connection

  • Right-click on the WebDrive icon and choose Open WebDrive
  • Click New
  • Click SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) and click Next
  • Enter the Url/address unix.sussex.ac.uk to access your N: drive or personal files, or gdrive.uscs.susx.ac.uk for staff G: drives in academic departments or the Library
  • Enter your username and password and choose whether or not to remember  it
  • Click Advanced Settings and then Basic File Settings
  • Tick Ignore desktop.ini files in list of settings and click OK
  • Click Next 
  • Choose whether you want to connect to your files automatically when you login and enter a suitable name (e.g. My Sussex files or Sussex Group Drive)
  • You can also choose a drive letter - you might like to choose N: or G: drives to match Sussex Windows PCs
  • Click Finish

Once set up, to use WebDrive:

  • Right-click on the WebDrive Tray Icon
  • Select Connect to 
  • Select site, e.g. My Sussex files
Alternatives to Webdrive
There are other programs which enable you to get access to your files from off campus and might be more suitable - see our guide on working remotely.

 

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Created by Caroline House on 12 May 2009 and last updated by Mark Wilson on 14 July 2016