Faculty of Environment

The M Drive

Everyone in the University has access to a network storage area (the M Drive) which can be used to store work. This area is accessible from all networked School, Faculty and University computer systems. It's covered by a comprehensive backup system and can be used to store all critical work.

  1. Access from Windows: All standard Microsoft Windows systems in the Faculty will automatically fetch your home directory at login time and make it available in the M Drive on your desktop.
  2. Access from Linux: New accounts on Faculty Linux systems will have a symbolic link called mdrive in their home directory - this is a link to the University network drive. If the symbolic link doesn't exist in your home directory, you can access the M Drive in /tmp/mstore/$user/$user (where $user is your username).
  3. Quotas: The default M Drive quota is  1Gb for students, and 5Gb for staff - quota increases of up to about 100% are usually possible by filling in a quota form (available from Faculty IT support offices). RPGs can request up to 5Gb quotas direct from the ISS helpdesk without going through user reps.
  4. Permissions: The default permission on the M Drive is full access for the owner, and no access for everyone else. Permissions can only be changed on Windows systems connected to AD (functionality is limited when accessing from other platforms). The M Drive is maintained at a central University level - administrator access, backup systems, etc are carried out by central University (ISS) staff, and Faculty IT staff and management have no special permissions.
  5. Restoring files from backups: The fileservers which run the M Drive keep previous versions of files for up to about 3 weeks, which are accessible online. See the instructions on restoring M Drive files for details on how you can restore files yourself. This will only work on Windows systems connected to AD.
  6. Remote access: Remote access to the M Drive for staff is available via the RMAS system, and for students via the Desktop Anywhere system, As well as this, secure FTP protocols can be used.