Strathcloud is a cloud-like application for storing files and folders.

Update 2022 : All Strathclyde users now also have access to cloud storage services in Office 365.  This includes staff, postgraduate researchers, postgraduate taught students, and undergraduates.  The University now recommends Office 365 over Strathcloud.  If you are a Strathcloud user, you should begin to transition to Office 365.  Office 365 includes OneDrive for Business, Teams and Sharepoint.  OneDrive for Business should be used for individual data and short-term sharing : Teams and Sharepoint should be used for important or long-term shared data.

Strathcloud user accounts

There are three different types of user account on Strathcloud:

  • Employee accounts
  • Client accounts
  • On-the-fly accounts

Find out more about the different types of Strathcloud user account.

Protecting shared files from deletion

Long-term sharing of files with Strathcloud requires planning.

If a colleague creates and shares a Strathcloud folder, but leaves the University, that folder and the data it contains will be deleted along with their University DS account.

If you plan to share data long-term you should ask your local IT support to create the shared folder for you, under a 'hosting account'.


Strathcloud is not for:

  • Storing very large amounts of data. For this, consider using your H or I drive.
  • Writing experimental data at high speed. For this, consider writing to your H or I drive. For greater speed, write data locally first (i.e. to the hard drive of the computer you are working on) and copy it to Strathcloud or a your H or I drive later.
  • Storing files if you are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate student. For this, use OneDrive or your H drive. However, you can access files on Strathcloud if a member of University staff has shared them with you and provided you with a direct URL.
  • Storing, archiving or publishing completed research data for the long-term, to comply with funder mandates. For this, consider PURE.

Downloadable help guides

Strathcloud - Getting Started Guide
Sending, organising and sharing your files and folders.

Strathcloud - Installing Windows Client
How to install the "Sync for Windows" app, so that you can then sync files between the Strathcloud storage and your Windows PC or laptop.

Strathcloud - Mobile Sync Advice
Tips on preventing Strathcloud sync/upload/download from using your mobile-data allowance.

Strathcloud - Set up Strathcloud on mobile device
Guide to setting up the Strathcloud app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Strathcloud - Sync for Windows Preferences Guide
Guidance on configuring your "Sync for Windows" preferences, e.g. so that shared folders are sync'd to your Windows PC or laptop.

Strathcloud - Using Sync for Windows on a home PC or shared laptop
Guidance on keeping your data secure, on a machine you may share with other people.

Further Information

Strathcloud FAQs

Strathcloud User Accounts

Long-term file-sharing with Strathcloud

Strathcloud Network Shares

Sharing folders with students and external users