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Collaboration and Storage

NDSU employees and students have a number of options for creating, storing and sharing files and other data related to their work at the university.

For employees, NDSU’s central file services system is the best option for securely storing and backing up sensitive data.

The Information Technology Division can provide guidance in selecting the best option for the specific data being stored. We recognize that departments have diverse storage needs, and we know the decision-making process may require ongoing discussion between our staff and the employees who are storing data. Guidelines for storing sensitive data are accessible on the IT Security website.

If you have questions about the data you are storing or about FERPA, HIPAA or export control restrictions, contact NDSU's chief information security officer at

Central File Services (U:, S: and X: Drives)

DescriptionResourcesAvailable for:

NDSU's Central File Services includes data storage, backup and sharing for departments and individuals. File Services are commonly referred to as Windows File Services or the U:, S: and X: drives: 

  • U: drive for individual user storage
  • S: drive for departmental shared folders and files
  • X: drive for cross-department shared folders and files 

Suitable for data protected by FERPA and HIPAA, and suitable for IRB data and Intellectual Property.

If you are storing data that may be impacted by export control restrictions, please contact NDSU's information security office

NDSU File Services information

Connect to NDSU File Services on and off campus

File Services FAQ

Storage Quotas and Requests to Increase Storage Space

Manage Access to Windows File Services Folders

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Google Drive (Google Apps for Education)

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Google Apps at NDSU provides access to Google Sites, Google Drive, YouTube, and Google Classroom. 

Google Drive provides an unlimited amount of storage space and can be used to create, share and store documents, spreadsheets and presentations. It can also be used for collaborative content authoring in real time. 

Suitable for data protected by FERPA.

Not suitable for data protected by HIPAA or for content impacted by export control restrictions.

Google Apps at NDSU information


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OneDrive for Business (Microsoft Office 365)

DescriptionResourcesAvailable for:

Store, organize and share documents and other files in Microsoft's OneDrive for Business with 1 TB of storage space. You have the option to give others permission to review and edit content. You can also synchronize files and folders with your computer or mobile device to access content offline.

Suitable for data protected by FERPA

Suitable for data protected by HIPAA

Not suitable for content impacted by export control restrictions.

Log in to Office 365

Microsoft's support page for OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business at NDSU


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Secure File Transfer


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Secure File Transfer allows you to send and receive large files quickly and securely. You can create a unique, temporary link for each file you want to send, and then share the link via email. 

Secure File Transfer is not a file storage system, as files are removed from the system when the link expires within three days. For more information, please visit the Secure File Transfer page.

Log in to Secure File Transfer

Secure File Transfer information

Frequently Asked Questions

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North Dakota State University
IT Help Desk Phone: +1 (701) 231-8685
Administrative Calls Only: +1 (701) 231-7961 / Fax: (701) 231-8541
Campus address: Quentin Burdick Building 206
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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 4510 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:35:44 AM
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