Research Data Storage (R:)

Networked data storage (R: drive) space starting at 50 GB to up to several terabytes (TB) is available to faculty researchers based on their identified research-specific computational and data acquisition needs.


Technology Services provides a networked storage solution, mapped or mounted locally as the R: drive, to faculty researchers who request it based on their identified needs. R: drive data storage provides multiple advantages and is a robust alternative to the use of  P: and Q: drives, where no research documents should ever be stored. Depending on need, multiple research drives can be requested in order to support multiple projects, laboratory instrumentation or security/access needs.

  • Storage sizes range from 50 gigabyte (GB) to several terabytes (TB) or more
  • Supports a small lab where multiple persons may interact with research data from computers at different locations
  • Supports grant based projects that produce or require large data sets that can be accessed by multiple users
  • Backup provided
  • Storage can be made available to one or more accounts on the Research Cluster


  • All R: storage drive space must be used in support of research-related project
  • Student access is for graduate students only

Get Started

To request research storage space:

  1. Review the Tufts UIT Research Computing storage overview.
  2. Browse to and log in with your Tufts Username and Tufts Password.
  3. The form will auto-fill as much of your user information as possible. Double-check to make sure it’s correct, selecting the down arrow to adjust the affiliation information if it’s incorrect.
  4. Remove the example text in the Usage Information box and briefly describe your planned use of the research storage space.
  5. When finished, click Submit Request.

Please work with your departmental IT Support Provider to request or update NFS (cluster) or CIFS (Windows) drive mappings/mounts. Note that Windows storage is not mounted on the cluster and cluster NFS storage is not re-exported to desktops.

How To

Contact Information
Research Technology Services
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