Home Folder

As a registered student, you have access to your own private space on the network. In this space, known as a Home Folder, you can save your work. The advantage of using a home folder is that you can access it from any Computing Lab in the University because it is stored centrally on a server. See below for advice on how to access your home folder from off campus / over CampusNet.

Your home folder is private! No-one but you can access the folder or delete it. Please note that there is a limit to how much data the folder can hold. The limit for students is 1GB. If you are over quota when you logon you will see a warning message. Once your limit is reached you will not be able to save anything within the folder, unless you delete unwanted or old files from it.

Saving Your Files Correctly

There has been an increase in numbers of students losing their work on lab computers due to not saving their files correctly. Please see the guidance below:  

  • ALWAYS save your work to your home directory when using a lab computer.  You will find this in ‘My Computer’ as your ‘H:’ drive. On a Windows 7 lab PC (for example, computers on Level 2 in the Library), double click the 'Computer' icon then double click the H drive icon - it will be named 'yourusername on wide...'.  Your home directory is backed up daily in order to ensure your files are safe.
  • NEVER save your work on the desktop of a lab computer. Personal files on the desktop are deleted as soon as you log out.
  • ALWAYS ‘save as’ your work if you are opening it directly from your email.  If you open a document directly from your email using a lab computer, and then just click ‘save’ instead of ‘save as’, it will be deleted as soon as you log out (due to it being saved only to temporary files). Better yet, if you are opening documents from your email, right click on the document in your email and choose ‘save target as’, or ‘save link as’ to save a copy directly to your home directory.

How much space have you left in your home folder?

All students have 1GB of server filestore quota on their home directory. Double click ‘Computer’ on your desktop and you will be able to see how much remaining space is available in your home folder.

Version control – revert to the previous version of a file, or restore a deleted file

If you accidentally delete a file or a folder, you can now reinstate it from up to 4 weeks prior to the current date yourself (without IS intervention). To do this:

  • right click on the folder that contained the deleted file/folder and select ‘Restore Previous versions’. You will then see different versions of your folder by date. 
  • Pick a date for a version of the folder that precedes your deletion and double-click to open it and view the contents.
  • The files or folders you want back can then be dragged and dropped into your live version of the folder.
  • Be careful not to unintentionally overwrite existing versions of files or folders with older ones.

You can also use this feature to get back an earlier saved version of a file if, in editing it, you have removed content then saved it, and later want to get that content back.

If you need to recover any files from >4 weeks in the past, you will need to contact the Information Centre to request that our server team check manual backups.  These can go as far back as 6 months but may take some time to recover.

If you have any questions about saving your work, please contact us at the Information Centre.

An alternative storage location for your documents is Box, a cloud storage tool. Read more about Box on our dedicated website. 

Connecting to your home folder over eduroam

Windows PCs and laptops



  • RIGHT click on an empty part of the desktop and choose new=>Shortcut
  • In the 'location' box, type \\YourDeptServerName\users\Username eg. \\esk\users\ejb3
  • Enter username in format STIRLAN\username, enter password
  • Give your shortcut a name eg ‘Uni home folder’
  • Click ‘Finish’ 


  • RIGHT click on an empty part of the desktop and choose new=>Shortcut
  • In the 'location' box, type \\wide\users\first letter of surname\username
  • Enter username in format STUDENTS\username, enter password
  • Give your shortcut a name eg ‘Uni home folder’
  • Click ‘Finish’

Macs and MacBooks

please see these instructions (read 'eduroam' where it mentions 'campusnet' - new instructions coming soon):

Connecting to your home folder on Mac OSX 10.5+




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