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Network File Storage

Information Services provides network file storage for the convenience and productivity of DePaul's employees.  This resource is to be used for university-related business only.  As you would for paper files in your office, please clean up your network files on occasion to avoid waste and unnecessary expense.  You are encouraged to use these network file storage locations to store your university-related content.  Information stored here is backed up on a regular basis to protect against data loss associated with computer hardware failure.

Personal Storage (U: Drive)

Each person with a BlueM@il email address ( has a personal folder on the U: drive. The folder name matches the username. 

Department/Team Storage (W: Drive)

Folders located on the W: drive serve as common repositories of documents for departments or teams at DePaul.  Every department has a shared top-level folder, organized by departments and colleges.  Underneath the top-level departmental/college folder, are individual folders for business use (i.e. for individual teams, departments, etc.).  These folders must be owned by a full-time faculty or staff member.  Access to your department's shared folder is typically requested by supervisors along with your username and employee email.  In addition to these individual folders, all college and departmental folders contain a folder labeled Public.  The Public folder is generally available to everyone who has access to the department's/college's folder structure.  Do not put any sensitive information in the Public folder or any folders underneath it

To request a new shared folder, or to grant someone access to an existing folder, please submit a request form on the Service Portal

Shared folder owners should review/audit access to all folders that they are the owner of at least yearly.  Folder owners can email to request information about who owns and has access to existing folders, or find instructions on how to identify who has access to W: drive folders here

Accessing Network File Storage

Users can access network folders multiple ways:
  • DePaul managed Windows computers will auto-map to the U and W drives at logon, and users can access these while on DePaul's network. 
  • Macintosh users can log in using their DePaul login​ credentials on the Map Drive Mapping page to receive a clickable link which will map the network drives. (This method will not work on Windows computers.)

  • In classrooms and computer labs, select the U & W drive icon on the desktop.
  • You may also access the U and W drives off-campus via one of two ways. 
    • To access the network folders in a web browser or via a mobile device, you may use the Webdrive access method. 
    • To access the network folders on your DePaul managed laptop through Windows Explorer, you will need to download and install the remote-access VPN client, which can be found hereYou will also need to download the drive mapping utility here. After you run this utility a shortcut will be created on your desktop that you will need run every time you connect in to the VPN.