Accessing your H and i drive through Strathcloud Network Shares

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You can access your Network Drives (H: and i: drive) through Strathcloud, on-campus or off-campus, using a Strathcloud feature called “Network Shares”.  Once connected through Strathcloud, you can upload files to H: and i:, download files from there, delete files, create folders, or delete folders, in accordance with whatever permissions you normally have on the network drives.

To get started, follow the steps in the relevant section for your device below.  For more information on what the Network Shares allow you to do, see the last section.

Important : don't get confused between "Network Drives" and "Network Shares".  They are two different things!  "Network Drives" are the H: and i: drive, which are on separate storage from Strathcloud.  Whereas, "Network Shares" is a feature of Strathcloud, which allows you to access the Network Drives via the Strathcloud interface.

Getting connected - using Chrome, Firefox, Safari - running on Windows, Mac, Linux

Please note, if you want to use Internet Explorer with the Network Shares, please read the next section, then come back to this section.  However, we recommend that you use another browser, such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari, as these browsers work better with Network Shares.

  • Log on to the Strathcloud web interface

  • In the left-pane, click on “Folders”

  • In the expanded list in the left-lane, click on "Network Shares"

  • In the middle-pane, you will now see links for “H Drive” and “i drive”.  (The “H drive” link will have two numbers in brackets after it, e.g. “H Drive (14)”, but don’t worry about this).  Click on whichever link you want.

  • You will now be prompted for a username and password.  For the username, enter your DS username, with “ds\” in front of it (e.g. “ds\tst01987”).  If you miss out the “ds\”, it will not work!  Then enter your DS password.

Getting connected - using Internet Explorer - running on Windows

We do not recommend Internet Explorer (or Edge) for use with Network Shares, as there are some extra steps you need to do, to make it work.  It’s easier to use a different browser, see the section above.  However, if you do still want to use Internet Explorer, then do the following :

  • Open the “Internet Options” in Internet Explorer

  • Go to the “Security” tab

  • Click on “Trusted Sites” to highlight it

  • Click the “Sites” button

  • Add "https://strathcloud.sharefile.eu" to the list of trusted sites, then click “Close”

  • With “Trusted Sites” still highlighted, click the “Custom Level” button

  • Scroll down to the “Miscellaneous” section, and in there, set “Access data sources across domains” to “Enabled”.

  • OK the changes, then restart Internet Explorer.

  • Once you have carried out the above steps, you should not need to do them again, on that machine.  However, if you later use a different machine, you will have to do them again.

  • You can now connect to your H: or i: drive, following the steps in the above section for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.

Getting connected - Sharefile Mobile app (iPhone, iPad, Android)
  • Firstly, if you don't already have the Sharefile mobile app installed on your device, then follow the instructions here : Strathcloud - setup for mobile device .

  • Log into the Sharefile mobile app.

  • Click on the icon in the top-left corner (the icon which looks like three horizontal lines).

  • From the list, select “Network Shares”.

  • In the middle-pane, you will now see links for “H Drive” and “i drive”.  (The “H drive” link will have two numbers in brackets after it, e.g. “H Drive (14)”, but don’t worry about this).  Click on whichever link you want.

  • You will now be prompted for a username and password.  For the username, enter your DS username, with “ds\” in front of it (e.g. “ds\tst01987”).  If you miss out the “ds\”, it will not work!  Then enter your DS password.

OK, so once I’ve got connected to H: or i:, what will I be able to do?

Once you’ve connected, you will see the folders and files in the root-level of your H: drive or i: drive.  You will be able to download files and upload files, with the same permissions as you would normally have on the Network Drives.  You can also delete files, create folders, and delete folders.

Note, though, that you will not have all the functionality of a Network Drive – for example, you cannot directly rename files, or copy files, or move them between folders – these would all need to be done as a two-or-three-stage process, by downloading/uploading.  If you want to change a file, then you should download it, edit it, save it somewhere on your local device, then upload it again.

Please also be aware that the Network Shares do not give you the full functionality that you would normally have with files stored natively in Strathcloud/Sharefile.  For example, you cannot checkin/checkout files from your H: or i: drives, or share them, or edit the permissions on folders, when using the Network Shares.

For the above reasons, we would not suggest that you use the Strathcloud Network Shares as your “normal way of working” with the Network Drives.  However, we believe that this feature will be very useful for the many users who work between Strathcloud and Network Drives, with some data in both systems, or who work both on and off campus.  For some users, a good way of working is to store a small amount of your most active/recent data in Strathcloud, while storing older and larger data in H: and i: drives (Network Drives).  The Strathcloud Network Shares feature gives you a convenient way to access files stored in both systems, both on and off campus, through a single interface. For a further side-by-side comparison of Strathcloud with Network Drives (and also Sharepoint), click here.