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Online Storage - V: drive
1. What is a V: drive?
2. How do I access my V: drive from on or off campus?
3. Connecting to your V-Drive from a Residence Hall or Courtesy Jack using
Mac OS X
4. How much storage space do I have?
5. How do I share files from my V: drive?
Q. What is a V: drive?
A. The V: drive is virtual disk space that MU Information Technology
provides to all faculty, staff, and students.
Q. How do I access my V: drive?
A. When you log onto a university computer you are automatically
mapped to your own V: drive space. To access this virtual drive you can use
the Windows Explorer to manage your V: drive.
To connect to your V:Drive from off campus on a Windows Vista
Step 1. Click on the Start Orb.
Step 2. Click on Computer.
Step 3. In Address Bar type ftp://mupfc.marshall.edu.
Step 4. When the login box appears put in your marshall\username
then your password.
Q. Connecting to your V-Drive from a Residence Hall or
Courtesy Jack using Mac OS X
Click on Go
and select Connect to Server
Type smb://users.marshall.edu/users/your-user-name then
Enter your Authentication information.
Q. How much storage space do I have?
A. Everyone is allotted 200MB of data storage.
Q. How do I share files?
A.. Marshall University provides network space via
the Personal File Cabinet, also known as the V Drive, that can be used for file sharing
over the Internet. This is a more efficient alternative to sharing
large files as attachments in e-mail. The shared
files must be located in the 'public_html' folder on your V: drive. If
this folder does not exist, use a Windows machine and follow these instructions to properly create the
These instructions assume
you are using a computer on the Marshall University network and that the V:
Drive is available.
- From the Start menu click on My Computer
- Click on V:
- Click File menu
- Click New -> Folder
- Rename the folder public_html
Once the folder is created:
Copy the file you want to
share into the 'public_html' folder.
To share this file, you
must provide the path to the file. The path
for shared files in your public_html folder on your V drive is http://users.marshall.edu/~username/file.ext where 'username' is your
username and 'file.ext' is the file name and extension. For example,
if your username is Novice41 and you want to share an Excel file named
budget.xls, you would do so by providing the following path:
You could send the above path in an
e-mail and recipients will be able to click on it like a link to any web
The above is also known as Web
Users are reminded that files in their
public_html folder on their V drive are being shared with anyone who knows
the path. This may not be the best way to share sensitive or