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As an alternative to buying external disks for research data, the CS Lab offers moderate amounts of disk space on one of the department's Network Appliance (NetApp) filers. Project space on the filer offers several advantages to purchasing external disks, the sole option available to researchers in the past. The filer offers a robust RAID 4 disk array, coupled with a very fast ethernet link, for fast file access throughout the department. In addition, the filer gives the researcher access to snapshots, which allow accidentally deleted or altered files to be recovered from disk, by the user, in addition to the department's tape backups. Also with the filer, a researcher can increase the amount of storage at any time by sending a request to the lab staff. Finally, the researcher can maintain the space as long as needed without having to worry about replacing failed disk hardware.
faculty directory: /usr/project/schmidt/ project subdirectory: /usr/project/schmidt/widget/ subdirectory automount: /usr/project/widget/This arrangement provides a self-documenting association between the project directory and the PI, yet is functionally equivalent to being a top-level project directory.
Please take a look at your project space, and be sure to adjust permissions and group access to your needs. If you do not want or need the additional space, please let us know and we'll delete it; it can always be recreated later.
If you have any questions, please contact the Lab Staff.