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Data Storage Options at UniSA

UniSA has a number of storage options available for academic and professional staff. Each option has pros and cons, and if you require assistance to decide on the best option for you please contact the IT Help Desk.

There are a wide range of storage options available to store your data including tailored storage solutions for specific data types if required. The most appropriate storage solution will depend on a number of factors including:

  • Type of data
  • Size of the data
  • Rate of growth
  • Backup and retention requirements
  • Performance
  • Access

 

Storage Option

Description

 Quota

Backup

Secure

Share

Local (C: / D: / USB) "Local" or "Removeable" drives such as USB sticks or the hard drive in your computer - X X X
User Network Drive (U:)

Your user drive - storage is on the network file server "UniFS"

NOTE: Data can be shared internally with other UniSA Staff.

50GB
(internal)
Teams Network Drive (S:)

S: drive is "teams" storage - your team will have a shared folder set up that can be accessed by everyone in your team.

NOTE: Data can be shared internally with other UniSA Staff.

dependent on requirement
(internal)
Research Drive (R:)

Your individual research data should be stored on R: drive

This drive will only be allocated if you are undertaking research related activities. It is not available for professional staff members or students.

NOTE: Data can be shared internally with other UniSA Staff and/or Students.

For more information please visit Research Data Management website.

50GB
(internal)

Research Group Drive (G:)

G: Drive is “Research Group” storage – if requested by your research group a shared folder will be setup that can be accessed by everyone in your research group.

NOTE: Data can be shared internally with other UniSA Staff.

For more information please visit Research Data Management website.

100GB+   ✔ ✔ 


(internal) 

Research Data Storage – Individual allocation

Research Data Storage is a UniSA supported storage solution which is accessible via a web page or an application on your machine. This solution is hosted within UniSA Data Centres.

Any data stored in the servers is secured through UniSA backup and retention policies.

Data can be shared internally with other UniSA staff and with external collaborators.

For more information please visit Research Data Management website.

50Gb+ (Staff)
2Gb+ (Research students) 
 ✔  ✔

 


(internal + external) 

Research Data Storage - Group allocation

Research Data Storage is a UniSA supported storage solution which is accessible via a web page or an application on your machine. This solution is hosted within UniSA Data Centres.

Any data stored in the servers is secured through UniSA backup and retention policies.

Data can be shared with internally with other UniSA staff and with external collaborators.

For more information please visit Research Data Management website.

 100GB+   ✔  ✔

 


(internal + external)  

OneDrive

Microsoft provided cloud-storage medium.

NOTE: OneDrive does not provide managed backup but deleted files will be retained for 90 days in the OneDrive Recycle Bin.

For more information please visit OneDrive section.

5TB X

 


(internal + external) 

CloudStor

CloudStor is a high-performing and secure personal file storage and sharing solution for researchers at AARNet customer institutions, enabling them to easily and reliably store files "in the Cloud". Individual researchers receive up to 1TB of storage free-of-charge, and further storage is available at low cost on request.

Data can be shared with UniSA staff and with external collaborators.

 1TB+  X  ✔

 

✔ (internal + external) 

 

Storing data LOCALLY refers to saving files onto drives and disks that attach directly to your computer. Some examples of this type of storage are USB sticks, USB external drives, and C: and D: drives (on a Windows device they are listed under Computer).

NOTE: Due to the nature of local drives it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that critical University data is NOT stored on these types of devices.

Information Strategy and Technology Services (ISTS) have established enterprise grade data centres at the Mawson Lakes and City West campuses. Each data centre provides redundant power, air-conditioning and high-speed redundant network connectivity along with a sophisticated VESDA fire detection and suppression system. Hosted within these data centres are enterprise grade network storage solutions that enable the use of backup and retention polices, performance and access controls.

  • General Data Storage: 
    General Data Storage provides redundant high capacity storage suitable for storing most file types. Data is secured through backup and retention policies as well as providing access controls if needed.
  • Research Data Storage:
    Research Data Storage provides a high capacity storage solution tailored for research needs and can be used to store most file types. Data is secured through backup and retention policies as well as providing access controls if needed.
    For more information please visit Research Data Management website.
  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Click Computer tab
  3. Click Map network drive
  4. Choose Drive letter
    NOTE: The letter selected is only a reference point and can be different on each machine you map the drive.
  5. Enter Folder path e.g. \\<SERVER>.unisa.edu.au\Group_<SHARE_NAME>
    NOTE: You will replace <SERVER> with either rdfs or unifs e.g. \\rdfs.unisa.edu.au\<SHARE_NAME>.
  6. Ensure Reconnect on logon is ticked
    NOTE: You will also have to tick Connect using different credentials and when prompted (after clicking Finish):
    • User name = uninet\<unisa username>
    • Password = <unisa password>
  7. Click Finish

Or for step by step instructions (including screenshots) see mapping a network drive on Windows page.

  1. Open Go menu
  2. Select Connect to Server
  3. Enter Server Address e.g. smb://<SERVER>.unisa.edu.au/<SHARE_NAME>
    NOTE: You will replace <SERVER> with either rdfs or unifs e.g. smb://rdfs.unisa.edu.au/<SHARE_NAME>.
  4. If prompted enter your UniSA <username> and <password>
    NOTE: Depending on the version of macOS you are using you may need to log on as <username>@uninet.unisa.edu.au or just <username>.
  5. Shortcut is now on your desktop

Or for step by step instructions (including screenshots) see mapping a network drive on Mac page.

NOTE: OneDrive should not be used to store 'sensitive' research data and other data subject to privacy requirements.

OneDrive for Business is an online service provided by Microsoft that allows you to create, upload, access and share files from a web browser.

OneDrive DOES NOT provide managed backup but deleted files will be retained for 90 days in the OneDrive Recycle Bin.

For further information (and user guides) please see the OneDrive section.

NOTE: CloudStor should not be used to store 'sensitive' research data and other data subject to privacy requirements.

CloudStor is a high-performing and secure personal file storage and sharing solution for researchers at AARNet customer institutions, enabling them to easily and reliably store files "in the Cloud". Individual researchers receive up to 1TB of storage free-of-charge, and further storage is available at low cost on request.

Data can be shared with UniSA staff and with external collaborators.

UniSA has a range of solutions available for research data storage (as described above). The best starting point for exploring these options is the Research Data Management website.