DataShare Service

This shared network storage service is being replaced with the the new DataStore service. New requests should be made for DataStore. Datashare users will be contacted with instructions on moving between services when the transition is imminent.

Getting Started

Request a Share

This service is no longer available. New storage requests can be directed to DATASTORE.


Learn More

Access the DataShare Research File Share

To access the research file share, mount the share as a network share.

  1. Click on the Computer icon from your Start menu on your desktop.
    Windows Start Menu
  2. Click the Map a Drive button at the top of the menu.
    map network drive
  3. Enter a drive number and the share name.
    name drive
  4. If you are logged into the usask domain, the share will mount. If you are not, you will be asked to log in with your NSID@usask. Ex: abc123@usask.
  1. Go to the Finder.
  2. Click on the Go tab.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click on the Connect to Server link.
    mac go menu
  4. Type in your share name in the field for server name. Note that depending on your version of the Mac OSX operating system, The server address is:


(Where SHARENAME is replaced by the share's name. Use smb: as your first choice.)

  1. Use your NSID and password to log in.

Off-campus Access

  1. If you are accessing the share from off campus, you will require the use of the university's VPN to connect to the campus network.
  2. When you are connected to the campus network, follow the normal procedure. Ensure the server name is in full “”.

The share can also be accessed as a file repository, for downloading and uploading files, through the secure FTP protocol. A commonly used program for this is WinSCP.

This does not permit editing the files in place on DataShare, and you do require the VPN to use this.


There is a more transparent method of access that requires neither VPN nor SFTP access, but may require Windows VISTA or Windows 7 operating systems. This can be accessed using the off-campus file service gateway (Windows, Mac) using the network location

and replacing sharename as appropriate.


To request the addition of users, quota changes and restore requests or for assistance with DataShare services, please contact Research Computing.

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