Data storage

Storing, archiving and managing images/flow data can be the most challenging part of any research project. Although it is ultimately YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BACKUP YOUR DATA, the cores provide a temporary network storage that can be used to initially store your data and then access them from anywhere within medIT’s network (e.g. the medical sciences quadrant).

Let me reiterate: Although the cores provide a network storage location for you to store data, this is a temporary location and you should plan to remove the data from this disk in a timely fashion. If the disk is full, old data is subject to deletion WITHOUT WARNING so that new data can be acquired. We will do our best to contact you and let you have time to remove old data and to not lose data due to technical faults, but ultimately your data is your responsibility. We do not provide backup services.

To access the storage space from a computer in your lab, you must first make sure that the computer is plugged into the wall with an ethernet cable. If you are connected to the network through the wireless system, the following procedure will not work. This is due to the fact that IST manages the wireless network and it is therefore, not part of the medIT network.


  1. Choose “Connect to server” from the “Go” menu (⌘ -K).
  2. In the window that pops up, enter the following in the server address field:
    • smb://
  3. Optional :click on the “+” icon to add this server to your list of favourites so you don’t have to remember this address every time you wish to connect.
  4. Click “connect” and enter you domain credentials in the window that pop up (see image below for the format to use).
  5. Click “connect” again after entering your username and password.
  6. This will mount the disk, then you can navigate to your personal folder via this path: “Personal Data->YourFirstName YourLastName”



XP & Vista

  1. Open a “Windows Explorer” window (NOT an internet explorer window). For example, from the “Start” menu, select “computer”.
  2. Choose “Map Network Drive…” from the “Tools” menu (Tools->Map Network Drive…).
  3. In the “Map Network Drive” window that appears, enter any drive letter into the “Drive:” Field. Just make sure the letter is not in use by another device on your computer already (e.g. don’t use “C:”).
  4. In the “Folder:” field, enter the following address:
    • \\\FlowCytometry
  5. Click on the link that says “Connect using a different username”.
  6. In the “Connect As…” window that pops up, enter your credentials. You must enter your username in the following format:
    • MED\yourusername  (e.g. I would enter MED\ajarieger)
  7. Enter your password and click on the “OK” button
  8. Click “Finish” on the “Map Network Drive…” window.
  9. Enjoy the mapped network drive.

Windows 7

  • As in XP, but the “Map Network Drive” command is available directly after opening your “computer” via the “start menu”


open a window, in the navigation bar type “smb://” and then authenticate with your domain credentials as above. That is use “MED\username” as your username and your domain password as the password.

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