File Storage-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

File Storage

Campus affiliates are allotted server space for file storage and sharing. Depending on where you need to access files from or who you want to share with, a number of options are available to you. Understand the available options and select the best choice for your location and file sharing needs.


The Andrew File System (AFS) provides secure file storage that is backed up daily and accessible from any computer with an Internet connection and secure transfer software.

Box Cloud Storage

Box is a cloud storage service that allows individuals to access files from any device with an Internet connection. Box can be used to share files and collaborate with any individual with an email address. The Box Sync service allows file syncing between multiple devices.

G Suite @ CMU

Those with G Suite @ CMU can store, share and collaborate with others; and access their files through a web browser or the Google Drive app.

MyFiles and Sandbox

Storage options known as MyFiles and Sandbox are available within computer labs. MyFiles storage is accessible from any lab computer and from remote locations using Virtual Andrew. Use the temporary Sandbox space when working with large files. The, temporary, local storage may improve performance.

Project Volumes (by request)

Project volume storage is available by request only. For more information, see Project Volumes.


Some departments utilize the server-based MyDeptFiles option that is managed through the Desktop Support Program (DSP). Through this service, departments determine who can access data through a shared drive.  

Last Updated: 4/22/15

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