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Students accessing N Drive files from home

This guide is for students who need to access their N Drive (Home Share) from home.

Staff, please see this guide for accessing your N Drive or this guide for accessing your G or T Drives.


Connecting to your N Drive from home


The guidance below is for anybody using Windows 10.  There is a separate guide if you're using a Mac computer.


STEP 1: Download WebDrive


  1. Access the WebDrive download and enter your Sussex credentials for access.
  2. Read and accept the copyright acknowledgement to proceed with the download.
  3. Click on the WebDrive download page link and you will be taken to the WebDrive Website.
  4. Select the Windows (64-bit) Free 10 Day Download button, don’t worry you will enter the licence code to ensure you get the full version.
    You may be asked if you wish to allow this app to make changes on your device, if so select yes.
  5. Follow the installation instructions, you may be asked to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. 

STEP 2: Set up a connection

        1. Right-click on the WebDrive icon and choose Open WebDrive.
        2. Click New.
        3. Click SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) and click Next.

SFTP Screenshot

       4. Enter the Url/address to access your N: drive or personal files.
       5. Enter your username and password.
       6. Click Advanced Settings and then Basic File Settings.
       7. Tick Ignore desktop.ini files in list of settings and click OK.

WebDrive Advanced Settings

        8. Click Next.
        9. Choose whether you want to connect to your files automatically when you login and enter a suitable name (e.g. Home Directory).
        10. You can also choose a drive letter - you might like to choose N: to match your Sussex Windows PC.
        11. Click Finish.

STEP 3: Once installed, activate the licence:

  1. Open WebDrive and select the Help/Info tab.
  2. Select Licence information tab.
  3. Select Activate Licence.

WebDrive Licence Activation

       4. Enter the product registration information from the WebDrive download page.
       5.Click Activate and Finish

Once set up, to use WebDrive:

  1. Each time you login to your computer/laptop right-click on the WebDrive Tray Icon (bottom left of your screen).
  2. Select Connect to.
  3. Select site, e.g. Home Directory.

WebDrive Access


Configure the cache settings

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

  1. A WebDrive icon is in the  System Tray - The bottom right icon on computer screen.
  2. Right-Click on this icon and choose Program Settings.
  3. Choose Basic Cache Settings from the left panel.
  4. Tick Multi-User.
  5. Click OK.



created on 2010-01-01 by Chris Limb
last updated on 2020-04-29 by Alexander Butler