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Using H & I Drives

This article will help you to make use of your H and I drives, including transferring files and mapping them to your home computer for convenient off-campus access.

Accessing H & I Drives with Windows

The easiest way to access your H and I drives with Windows is to use the drag and drop interface:

  1. Open the Start menu and select Computer or My Computer.
  2. Look for the drives you have access to listed under "Network Location".
  3. Select these drives to open them, then drag and drop files in and out of them.

PSU also maintains a website that you can use to get to your H and I drives whenever you need them. To access network drives from off-campus:

  1. Go to to using Internet Explorer.
  2. Enter your Odin username and password when prompted. Once you have been authenticated, you will be able to upload and download files to your H and I drives and your web/UNIX folder, using a familiar Windows-style drag and drop interface.

Note: Other browsers will allow you to download your files, only Internet Explorer will allow you to upload files.

Accessing H & I Drives with Mac

To access your PSU computer account directories in Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Choose the Go menu and select Connect To Server.
  3. In the Address field of the dialog that appears, type a directory address (full list below).
  4. In the dialog that appears, enter the following information:
    • Workgroup/Domain: PSU (If you are connecting from off campus, OS X will not ask for a workgroup/domain.)
    • Username: YourOdinUsername (OSX will sometimes capitalize your username; if this happens, just clear the username box and retype it lower-case.)
    • Password: YourOdinPassword
  5. Select OK and an icon labeled for the mounted directory will appear on the desktop.

Directory Address

H Drive

Your Windows home directory is for personal file storage. In the file paths below, replace "u" with the first letter of your Odin username, and replace "user" with your Odin username.

  • Faculty/Staff Home Directories: smb://
  • Student Home Directories: smb://

I Drive

Your department directories (I drive) is for department file share.

  • Departmental Shared Directories: smb://
  • Projects Share: smb://
  • Public Share: smb://
  • Student Org Share: smb://
  • Instructor Share Directories: smb://
  • Research Share Directories: smb://

Mapping Your H Drive

You can map your H drive from your home computer or while on campus with your laptop. When finished, your H drive will look exactly like it would if you were logged in to a Windows 7 machine at Portland State University. You will also have the convenience of using Windows Explorer to view your H drive instead of using third party software like WinSCP or FileZilla. If you are not on the Portland State network (not on campus with your laptop), before you do anything, you must connect to the Portland State AnyConnect VPN.

To map your H drive to your personal computer, follow these steps:

  1. If you are not on campus, connect to PSU's network using a VPN.
  2. Select the Start button, then select Computer.
  3. Select the "Map Network Drive" option at the top of the window.
  4. In the dialog box that appears, choose any letter you would like to associate with this drive.
  5. Specify the folder in order to connect to the H drive. In the file path below, replace "u" with the first letter of your Odin username, and replace "user" with your Odin username.
    • \\\u\user
  6. Check "Reconnect at log-on," so you do not have to re-map the drive every time you power up your computer.
  7. Check "Connect using different credentials." If you do not, Windows will attempt to use your computer's credentials to log on to your H drive.
  8. Select Finish.
  9. Enter your Odin username and password in the dialogue box that appears:
    • Username: YourOdinUsername
    • Password: YourOdinPassword
    • Domain: PSU (If the option to enter "PSU" as Domain is not available, modify your Username to "PSU\YourOdinUsername".)
  10. Check "Remember my credentials" if you would like to save the password.
  11. A new window should appear, with the contents of the network drive you have just mapped.

You can always get back to your Portland State network drive by opening Computer. It will appear alongside all other drives and devices on your computer, as shown below:

  • Staff: \\\resources\Staff
  • Projects: \\\resources\Projects
  • Students: \\\resources\Students
  • Research: \\\resources\Research\Samba

Next time you turn on your computer, you may get a message saying windows was unable to map the network location, but you can solve that problem by starting your Cisco AnyConnect VPN. The VPN needs to be on before you can access your network drive. If you are on the network with your laptop, you will not have this problem.

Further Resources


I'm receiving the message "Windows cannot access ... Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network."

This means your computer cannot communicate with the server. Verify that:

  • You are connected to the PSU campus network through one of these ways:
    • Through the AnyConnect VPN
    • Physically located on campus, NOT in on-campus housing, and connected to WiFi or an Ethernet jack.
  • You are entering the server address correctly. The server address should be: "\\\first letter of Odin username\Odin username"

I'm receiving the message "Windows cannot access ... You do not have permission to access ... Contact your network administrator to request access."

This means you are either trying to connect to something that you don't have access to, or you are entering your username and password incorrectly. Verify that:

  • You are entering in your username and password combination correctly, using the Portland State domain. Remember that your username must appear as: "psu\username"
  • You are entering the server address correctly. The server address should be: "\\\first letter of Odin username\Odin username"

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.