Campus Data Storage

UW-Madison provides a variety of campus storage solutions. Some of the more commonly used ones are listed below and several have an "unlimited" space available. Each option has strengths and weaknesses depending on the size, purpose, access requirements, and intended lifespan of your data.

  Google Drive Box LabArchives OneDrive
Links UW Portal
WID Guidelines
UW Portal
UW Portal
Storage Capacity Unlimited See: Box Evaluation Project Findings Unlimited 1 TB
Maximum File Size 5 TB 15 GB 250 MB 10 GB
File Deletion Trash Folder
(DoIT can recover up to 2 weeks after deletion from Trash)
Trash Folder
Primary Interfaces Browser
App for Mac/Windows, Android/iOS
App for Mac/Windows, Android/iOS
MS-Office Plugin and Folder Monitor for Mac/Windows
App for Android/iOS
OneDrive Client for Business or OSX and Personal
Sharing File Sharing
Google Groups
Collaboration Folders and File Sharing Add Lab Members
Share with Collaborators
Collaboration Folders and File Sharing
Suggested Uses Collaborative Authoring
Infrequently Modified Shared Files Manually Created Experimental Research Files Collaborative Authoring
Storage Duration While file owner has a current UW-Madison affiliation Managed by the Principal Investigator or Designee While file owner has a current UW-Madison affiliation

There are some major considerations in using any downloaded application in connection with any cloud storage:

  • Sync When multiple people add or modify files, there is a lag time before that file is updated within everyone's application. This can lead to problems with multiple versions and people over-editing each other's files.
  • Permissions Every person with the file permissions to edit and delete files can edit and delete files. Desktop applications easily allow one person to accidentally hit 'delete' and remove all of the files very easily. These files should be recoverable from the trash folder but can lead to many complications.

Keywords:uw madison data storage disk space campus   Doc ID:80184
Owner:Em C.Group:Discovery Building IT
Created:2018-02-16 11:38 CDTUpdated:2020-05-29 12:32 CDT
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