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Central File Services

NDSU File Services provide NDSU employees with a secure location to store and back-up files, and also provide an easy method for sharing files with others within and across departments.


NDSU's Central File Services includes data storage, backup and sharing for departments and individuals. File Services are commonly referred to as Windows File Services or the S:, X:, and U: drives:

  • S: drive for department shared folders and files
  • X: drive for cross-department shared folders and files
  • U: drive for individual user's storage

Data Security

Suitable for data protected by FERPA, and suitable for IRB data and Intellectual Property. If you are storing data that may be impacted by export control restrictions, please contact NDSU's chief IT security officer at

Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff

Using this service


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]

Support contact


University-funded: no charge.


Software Requirements:

  • To be supported by Desktop Support in the domain, computers must be running Windows 10. Windows 7 will continue to work on campus after support ends but will be blocked from the network starting January 14th due to end-of-life for updates from Microsoft. For more information about upgrading to Windows 10 please see Software - Contacts.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Hardware that is approximately 5 years of age or newer will be supported. All HP systems should be able to join the domain.

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Owner:Jeff G.Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2020-03-25 12:31 CDTUpdated:2021-05-26 10:43 CDT
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