MyFiles (U: Drive)

All students, faculty, and staff in the College of Engineering are provided with a home directory for storing data (U: Drive). The home directory is the same whether you are logging in via Windows or Linux and can be accessed from anywhere using the University VPN service. Student home directories have a limit of 10GB.

To access your Engineering Home Directory see the information below:

Windows Computers

  1. If off campus connect to VPN.
  2. Open Computer (from Desktop or Start Menu).
  3. Click “Map network drive” from tool bar (near top of window).
  4. Select your drive letter (any drive letter will work).
  5. Next to folder enter \\myfiles.iastate.edu\Users\<netid> (if on campus skip to step number 8)
  6. If you would like your MyFiles path to attempt to reconnect at login you can select the check box “Reconnect at logon.”
    • Note: The drive will fail to map if you are not connected to the University VPN service when not on the campus network.
  7. Check the box next to “Connect using different credentials.”
  8. Click Finish. (if on campus skip to step number 12)
  9. A login box will appear.
  10. Enter your username as: yournetid@iastate.edu
    • Note: Replace yournetid with your University netid.
  11. Enter your University password in the Password box.
  12. Click OK.
  13. You should now see your drive mapped.

 

Apple Macintosh Computers

  1. Connect to VPN.
  2. Click on Finder in the dock (should be far left icon).
  3. Click on the Go menu (top of screen).
  4. Select Connect to Server.
  5. In the Server Address enter smb://myfiles.iastate.edu/Users/<netid>
    • Note: replace deptshare with your departmental share name; this is usually your department or college’s shortname, such as engr or las. Department shares may end with a dollar sign ($).
  6. Click Connect.
  7. If you receive a login prompt, enter the following information:
    • Username: yournetid@iastate.edu (replace yournetid with your University netid).
    • Password: Enter your University password.
  8. You should now be taken to your MyFiles Storage.