File Storage

Engineering File Storage Options

The College of Engineering provides several types of network accessible storage.  All Engineering users (students, faculty, and staff) along with non-majors enrolled in Engineering courses are given home directory storage.  Student home directories have a quota of 10GB.  This home directory is commonly referred to as MyFiles.  More information and FAQ’s specific to MyFiles can be found at

Engineering Home Directories

All students, faculty, and staff in the College of Engineering are provided with an Engineering home directory for storing data.  Likewise,  all systems in the College of Engineering are configured to use your Engineering home directory when you log in.  The home directory is the same whether you are logging in via Windows or Linux.

To access your Engineering Home Directory use the Windows file sharing path:

To access your home directory from a Windows machine:

For all Engineering students, you can access your Engineering home directory from a Windows computer (such as your laptop) using these steps:

  1. If you are off-campus, first connect to the ISU VPN (
  2. Click the start button and select “Computer” to open Windows Explorer.
  3. Click the “Map network drive” button on the top toolbar of the Explorer window and enter \\\Users\<netid>in the “Folder:” text box (where <netid> is your personal ISU NetID).
  4. Click “Finish”.
  5. When prompted, enter your ISU NetID in the format of iastatenetid and enter your password associated with that account.  Click “OK” and your home directory will appear.

To access your Engineering home directory from a UNIX or Linux computer:

  1. Open a command shell.
  2. Run: “sftp”
  3. Login using your ISU NetID and password