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Penn State Disk Space

Penn State provides faculty, staff and students with disk space on various file servers, located both at Penn State and externally. Files stored on these servers can be accessed from any networked computer. More information about each can be found below.


Penn State Access Account Storage Space (PASS) provides universally-accessible disk space/file storage space for use by anyone at Penn State. Upon receipt of a Penn State Access Account, all Penn State students, faculty, and staff are allocated (initially) 500 MB of online storage space. Users can increase their storage allocations to 10GB via the ITS Secure Server's Directory Quota utility. Likewise, PASS is available for departmental and course use.

Upon passing a brief questionnaire, users can have a "www" folder created automatically in their PASS space. This folder is web enabled, so that web pages placed in the www folder are instantly published on the web. If you place an "index.htm" or "default.htm" page in your www folder in your PASS space, it can be viewed on the web at: www.personal.psu.edu/accessID (where "accessID" is your personal Access ID).

Read more about general PASS information.

Learn about work.psu.edu, the central dashboard for your Access account and PASS space.

Learn how to connect to your PASS space using PASS Gateway or PASS Explorer.

(Note to web developers: PASS space resides on a UNIX server; ASP pages stored on PASS won't work, but PHP files will.) 

U: Drive

The U: Drive is a central file service provided for Penn State users. You can store up to 500MB on your U: Drive. Files will be stored for as long as your Access Account is active. The "U: Drive" is so called because that is where it is usuallly connected to on a Windows PC. The U: Drive server is automatically connected to U: if you log into a computer lab machine (for students) or if you log into your desktop computer on campus (for faculty and staff). Read more about the U: Drive.

(Note to web developers: U:Drive space resides on a Windows server; ASP pages stored on the U: Drive will work, but PHP files won't.) 

Box at Penn State

Box at Penn State offers secure, scalable, and user-friendly content sharing. Box allows files to be stored online, and they can be accessed, managed, and shared from anywhere. You can even access Box on mobile devices or seamlessly sync files to your laptop or desktop computer.

Files are stored off campus at Box’s massive data centers, featuring redundant storage, cooling, and electrical supply. Cloud services such as Box provide high-quality support, enterprise-level management, and security, as well as 24/7 up-time through round-the-clock monitoring; all at modest cost to Penn State.

All faculty, staff and students at Penn State can use the Box service (each user has 50GB of storage space available). To sign up, go to box.psu.edu and click on the “Login” button. The website will then walk you through the easy account-creation process. In addition, you can collaborate with individuals outside of Penn State; all they will need is a Box account from their university or business, or they can obtain a free Box account at www.box.com.

Penn State departments, groups, and clubs can also get Box accounts, which are tied to the organization rather than to an individual. The default (and maximum) storage limit for this kind of account is 300GB. To get a group account, you will need to apply for a “Non-Person” Box account at itservicedesk.psu.edu. Click the “Request Box Non-Person Account” link at the top of the page and fill out the form. (For student groups, a faculty or staff advisor will need to make the request.)