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; 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 (followed by /accessID where “accessID” is your personal Access ID).
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 or WebFiles.
(Note to web developers: PASS space resides on a UNIX server; since ASP is a Microsoft server technology, ASP pages stored on PASS won’t work, but PHP files will.)
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 usually 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). If you are using a different device, you can go to WebFiles to access the contents of your U: Drive.
(Note to web developers: U: Drive space resides on a Windows server; since ASP is a Microsoft server technology, ASP pages stored on the U: Drive will work, but PHP files won’t.)
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