Category: Storage

Using external Cloud Services

This topic collects and provides information relating the usage of external cloud services at ETH. If not else confirmed, any data, uploaded on an external cloud provider, gets basically stored in a data center that can be located everywhere on the world. This aspects collide with the ETH compliance regulations that describes some stipulations regarding different classes of data. A further aspect of using external cloud providers is, that a direct dependency exists with an external provider which may lead […]


polybox is a Dropbox-similar ETH on-campus storage.  The service offers 50 GB of storage on the ETH storage facilities. The service is available to all ETH members and is free of charge. Please note that polybox is not a functional substitute for the ITS NAS service. In particular, synchronized folders should never contain the original file. The recommended procedure is to edit files at their original location and make a copy in the sync folder which […]

Home drive

The consolidated location for your Home drive is \\\groups\mavt\group-name\Users\Username. The Home drive folder is connected automatically when you work with a managed device.

Group public drive

Group Folders The consolidated location for group and project data is \\\groups\mavt\group-name. The group folder is connected automatically when you work with a managed device.   

Windows: Map network drive

Accessing Shares Open “File Explorer” next to the “Start” button. Select “Computer”. In order to connect to a folder click on “Map network drive” at the top of the window. Alternatively you can right click on “This PC” in the sidebar and select “Map network drive…”.     A new window pops up where you can enter the path to your network drive into the “Folder” field. The shares usually are composed of the follow […]

Windows: Recover deleted files

Backup A backup of the home directory is made daily by TSM (Tivoli Storage Manager) with a 3 month retention time. There is no backup for data stored on local disks. Previous Versions Additionally, 4 snapshots (checkpoints, aka previous versions) are taken on the home folders during 16 working days. As soon as a file of folder is modified or erased, its state at the defined previous point in time is kept and can be recovered by the user. The defined […]

macOS: Recover deleted files

To restore a deleted file follow the guide below: 1. Open Finder and go to “Go-Connect to Server”. Enter the server path to your drive: e.g. smb:// 2. You can now get an overview of different drive versions stored on the server. The name of the folder symbolizes time of backup. With drag and drop you can copy an entire backup to the location of your choice. Double-clicking on a backup copy, allows you to […]

macOS: Connect to a remote folder

In the Finder, choose Go > “Connect to Server.” Type the network address for the folder in the Server Address field, example: smb://   Enter your user account in the authentication window. Be sure to match the form d\eth-username (can be entered by pressing shift-alt-7).   NOTE: For Mac-Os Version prior to 10.6 you need the UNC path