Accessing your U:\ drive

A U:\ drive is a network drive for personal storage of University data.

Your U:\ drive is accessible from any PC or Mac in Computer Teaching Labs or General Access areas such as the Auchmuty, Huxley and Ourimbah Libraries and the Student Hubs located at the Callaghan and Ourimbah Campuses, the City Precinct and the Sydney CBD.

Your U:\ drive is NOT available from the University wireless network or from off campus locations such as your home.


How do I find my U:\ drive?

For staff

Your U:\ drive is automatically mapped each time you log onto a workstation connected to the University UNCLE domain.

  • In Windows 7 it will appear as "home on 'staff' (U:)" in My Computer
  • In Mac OSX it will appear as an icon called 'HOME' on your desktop
  • Your default quota on your U-drive is 1GB.

For students

Your U:\ drive is automatically mapped each time you log on to any of the lab or hub computers in the locations above.

  • In Windows 7 it will appear as "home on student (U:\)" in My Computer
  • In Mac OSX it will appear as an icon called 'HOME' on your desktop
  • Your default quota on your U-drive is 500MB.

Why should I use a U-drive?

There are two major advantages to storing data on your U:

  • Files stored on your U-drive can be accessed from any student PC or Mac at Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses, the City Precinct and the Sydney CBD.
  • The Data Restore Facility takes Snapshots of your data twice a day using Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS) technology. If data is lost or deleted, you can recover it yourself within seven days using the self initiated restore feature available via VSS.
    *Note this facility not available from Macs

How to use VSS to recover files (PDF)


Keeping a backup copy of your important data

It is your responsibility to keep a backup copy of any important data that you have stored on your U:\drive.


Authorised Usage

By connecting to the University’s network you are accepting the University’s policies and guidelines on the use of the Internet and computing facilities.

University computing and communications facilities must generally be used for business, academic or student related activities only. Corporate storage facilities made available for staff and students should not be used for private use, eg personal music or video files etc.

Any inappropriate use of the network will be investigated and can result in disciplinary action and a range of penalties including suspension from a course of study, a fine, termination of employment, and/or criminal prosecution.

Where can I get assistance?

Problems accessing your U:\ drive should be reported to the 17triplezero IT Service Desk.