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

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