Access to Research Drive from off campus
From spring 2020, we are no longer setting up new research drive folders. Please see information relating to Sharepoint sites for research data.
If you want to access your Research Drive from your home pc or from outside the UK you will need to setup a VPN connection as detailed on this page. When you have installed the VPN, make sure it is running and follow the instructions below to set up your connection to your Research Drive.
Setting up your Research Drive connection on a Windows PC
Make sure your VPN connection is running then map a network drive to your Research Drive:
From the desktop click Start > File explorer > This PC
In the menu bar near the top of the window click Computer > Map Network Drive
Drive: type the network location of the research drive folder in the format, //researchfiles/research/NameOfFolder
Folder: Use the drop down to pick X
You should now see an authentication window, enter your details as below then click on Remember my credentials.
Name: stirlan\university username
Password: University password.
Now click Connect.
You should now have access to the research drive folder. For future connections to the drive, from the desktop go to Start > File explorer > This PC and choose the X drive.
Setting up the Research Drive Connection on a Mac
Make sure you are connected to the VPN. From the desktop click Finder > Go > Connect to Server, (or press the ⌘ and K keys)
In the Server Address field, type the network location of the research drive folder in the format.
Click on the + icon to add this to your list of remembered connections, and then click Connect.
You should now see an authentication window, enter your details as below then click on Remember this password in my keychain
- Name: stirlan\university username
- Password: University password
Now click Connect.
You should now have access to the research drive folder.
For future connections to the drive, from the desktop press ⌘ and K keys, and then double click on smb://researchfiles.ad.stir.ac.uk/research/NameOfFolder from your list of saved drives.