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Data Storage

KU Data Sharing & Storage Services

KU Information Technology provides several options for campus users needing storage resources:

Personal and group storage is available to students, faculty and staff who need storage for files, documents, and data sets. There are two options: Hawk Drive and Central File Storage (see chart below)

Research File Storage is available to researchers and departments for research projects, research groups and service labs. The service is designed to address both primary and secondary storage needs for research data (see chart below)

Personal and Group Storage

Please see the chart below for descriptions about services available for both individual storage and group storage. Go to individual pages for more information on Hawkdrive and Central File Storage.

Hawk Drive Central File Storage
Individual User
You are the primary person to access the data but occasionally need to share files with others.
  • 1GB of storage space
  • Web-based access, but also can be mapped directly to your computer.
  • Documents can be shared with other KU users and colleagues outside of KU.
  • You control access rights to your individual data.
Individual User
You are the only person who needs access to the data.
  • 10GB of storage for KU Faculty and staff (not available to students)
  • Mapped directly to your computer, but also can be accessed off-Campus via KUAnywhere.
  • Ideal for storing data that only you need to access.
Multiple people from a group or department need access to data/files.
  • Hawk Drive document management space for groups is available to departments on campus by special request.
  • Documents can be shared outside of campus with colleagues at other locations.
  • Users can assign permissions to folders and files as needed.
  • Users can collaborate and view team members' changes.
  • Web-based access
Multiple people from a group or department need access to data/files.
  • Available for schools, departments and cross-campus groups.
  • Individuals from various departments can form a "group" and share storage space via traditional drive mappings.
  • Rights/permissions for the storage group are managed by a campus technology staff.
  • Ideal for departmental data files.
  • Mapped directly to your computer, but also can be accessed off-Campus via

Research File Storage

Research File Storage (RFS) provides easily accessible file sharing services to KU research projects, research groups and service labs. Any tenure track faculty, designated research center, department or principal investigator on a research grant can purchase RFS storage.

Research File Storage is designed to address primary storage needs for research data. Storage is available for purchase in increments of 1TB with a minimum purchase of 2TB. Up to 20TB of storage can be purchased in increments of 1TB without further approval. Any storage request over 20TB must be reviewed and pre-approved by KU IT to verify space requirements.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the KU IT Customer Service Center at 864-8080 or

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