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File Services

What are NDSU File Services?

NDSU File Services provide NDSU employees with a secure location to store and back-up files, and also provide an easy method for sharing files with others within and across departments. NDSU File Services use the Windows File Services system.

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How do I access my shared folders and files?

In order to manually connect to your S:, U: and X: drives and other shared folders, follow the instructions below for devices. These instructions are based on the assumption that you have permission to access the shared drives you are attempting to map.

 If you have questions or need assistance, contact the IT Help Desk.

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Do I need to install a client to use the Windows File Services system?

No. You do not need to install a client to access Windows File Services.

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What are the S:, U: and X: drives?

Drive NameDetails
Department Shared DriveEach department can elect to have a "shared drive" with storage space on a server managed by the IT Division. 
Individual User DirectoryIndividuals can elect to have server space for their own files. These user storage spaces are not shared, but are useful for keeping work-related documents in a secure location.
Cross-Departmental Shared driveThese shared drives are for departments that share data with other departments.

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How much storage space is included? Can that amount be increased?

The default amount of storage space allocated to each drive includes the following:

  • 100 gigabytes for department shared (S:) drives
  • 10 gigabytes for cross-department shared (X:) drives
  • 100 gigabytes for faculty (U:) drives
  • 10 gigabytes for staff (U:) drives

Individuals and departments have the option to request additional storage space for a yearly fee of $0.55 per gigabyte ($0.33 for storage + $0.22 for backup). Quota increases must be made in increments equal to the default amount of storage space allocated to the drive:

  • S: drives and faculty U: drives can be increased from 100 gigabytes to 200, 300, 400, etc. gigabytes
  • X: drives and staff U: drives can be increased from 10 gigabytes to 20, 30, 40, etc. gigabytes

Please contact the IT Help Desk at 701-231-8685 or to submit the request.

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How do I request an account for Windows File Services?

To gain access to your departmental shared drive, please contact the IT Help Desk. The request will be verified with your department head before it is processed.

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How do I request access to another user's shared folders?

In order to gain access to a folder owned by another individual or department, contact the IT Help Desk.  Before your request is processed, ITS will verify that you have permission to access this folder with the owner of the file or the department head.

General access to someone else's U: Drive (Individual User Directory) is not permitted.

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How do I add/remove user access to my shared folders?

If you wish to add or remove a user's access to your departmental shared drive, contact the IT Help Desk.

If an employee leaves the University, your department is responsible for notifying the IT Help Desk as soon as possible to remove that person's access to your departmental shared drive. Account permissions must be modified or removed entirely upon any personnel changes in order to protect NDSU resources and departmental data.

In cases of personnel transfer from one NDSU department to another, it is important to notify the IT Help Desk in order to ensure permissions are changed in a timely manner.

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How can I change my File Services password?

Your File Services password is synchronized from the Enroll page. To change your password, you must change your Enroll password at

View instructions for changing your password.

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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
Physical/delivery address: 1320 Albrecht Blvd, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 4510 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Monday, July 29, 2019 11:22:55 AM
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