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Student File Storage

The UNSW File Service is a centralised file storage service accessible to students at UNSW. The service provides hard disk storage linked to individual UNSW users and also provides shared storage that multiple users can access. The UNSW File Service can be accessed both on and off campus.

About the UNSW File Service

The UNSW File Service provides a centralised storage space for individual users and groups. Each user is allocated a set amount of storage on this facility. Files are accessible independent of computers, devices and location. Users can access their personal or shared storage space from any computer on campus, via the UniWide wireless service or from home.

The UNSW file service is available in two different configurations, 'personal storage' and 'shared storage'. When you access the service, you will only see resources you have access rights to. You will not see other users' Home Drives or Shared Folders you do not have access to.

Users are responsible for adhering to the 'UNSW policy for Acceptable Use of UNSW Information and Communication Technology Resources' when using the UNSW File Service. The policy informs users of University ICT resources of their rights and responsibilities; and of the University’s requirement that its ICT resources are used in a legal, ethical and responsible manner.

Personal Storage
As a UNSW student you are automatically allocated storage space on the UNSW File Service. This storage space is known as your 'Home Drive'. Home Drives are used to store UNSW related files for a single user and cannot be accessed by others. You can only have one Home Drive.

You can access your Home Drive directly from your computer and have it appear on your desktop as a drive icon. For SOE computers and pre-configured computers, this occurs automatically. For other computers, you may need to configure your computer manually. View instructions for Windows, Mac or Linux.

Your Home Drive is designed to primarily store UNSW work-related files. You are discouraged from storing personal documents, music, pictures or video files on your Home Drive.

Shared Storage
Shared data is accessible to multiple users based on pre-defined access groupings with different levels of access to the data such as 'read-only' and 'read & write'. You can only access a shared storage space if you are a registered user of that resource.

How can I confirm I have a Home Drive on the File Service?

Each student should already have a Home Drive set up for them on the central file server. Your Home Drive is based on your Student ID and you must have an entry in the UNSW Active Directory. If you can log into UNSW Identity Manager, you have an Active Directory entry.

The quickest way to confirm if your Home Drive is set up is to access it via the web as follows:

Using any popular web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome:

1. Enter the following URL or click on the link below

2. Enter your z student number (in the form of z1231467) and zPass password when prompted (you may be prompted to do this twice). If your Home Drive is set up you will see a file list such as below;

University of New South Wales
File System

My Home Drive:

Shared Data Folders:

If you click on your 'My Home Drive' link you can browse your drive's contents (it may be empty to start off with). To download a file, click on its filename.

The Shared Data Folders contain shared folders and files you have access to. OneUNSW may contain shared folders from your faculty, school or project you are a member of.

If you don't have a Home Drive on the file service you will see a message 'Sorry, you don't appear to have a Home Drive'. If this occurs contact the IT Service Centre.

How do I access my Home Drive and Shared Folders?

How you access your Home Drive and Shared Folders depends on your location and the type of computer you use.

Safe Use of Public Access computers

When you are using public access computers such as those found in internet cafes, libraries, airports and hotels, you need to take extra precautions in protecting your sensitive information and data.

Computers in these environments may contain malicious software that could monitor keystrokes, capture your username and password or infect USB devices attached to them. As a precaution you should assume that computers in these environments lack adequate security and take measures to protect your sensitive online activities.


  • Don't tick 'Save my password' when accessing your personal accounts such as email, social networks etc, the UNSW file service or other UNSW online services.
  • Avoid accessing your bank account or doing credit card transactions on public access computers. Use a phone for these transactions instead.
  • Clear the browser's history, quit the web browser and log off before leaving the computer, so that others can't retrieve your browsing sessions.
  • Be aware that a USB memory stick plugged into these computers may become infected and install malicious software on the next computer you plug the USB stick into.

For a more detailed guide to safe use, refer to Stay Smart Online