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Purchased Network Storage (R Drives)

Affordable storage and a web presence are available to workgroups at UMass Chan Medical School. Addressing the increased need for file storage and to allow better sharing of data and documents within research groups, servers have been added to the UMassMed domain to allow research labs to purchase disk space that is network accessible, backed up, and inexpensive. In addition, a portion of this disk space can be used as a web folder for group web pages that appear on

Disk space can be purchased in increments of 100 Gigabytes (Gb); pricing for which is as follows:

$100/100Gb (1Tb = 1000 Gb)

Beyond 10Tb, please contact the Information Technology HelpDesk at Ext. 6-8643 for availability.

Permission Levels


Create, read, modify, and delete all items and files, and create subfolders. As the folder owner, you can change the permission levels that other people have for the folder. (Does not apply to delegates.)

Publishing Editor

Create, read, modify, and delete all items and files, and create subfolders. (Does not apply to delegates.)


Create, read, modify, and delete all items and files.

Publishing Author

Create and read items and files, create subfolders, and modify and delete items and files that you create. (Does not apply to delegates.)


Create and read items and files, and modify and delete items and files that you create.


Create items and files only. The contents of the folder do not appear. (Does not apply to delegates.)


Read items and files only.


Perform activities defined by the folder owner. (Does not apply to delegates.)


You have no permission. You cannot open the folder.

How to buy “R” drive space

To purchase disk space and have it installed and configured please complete and submit the form below.

Once we receive your request, the Help Desk will create a ticket and the Hosted Systems Team will configure the drive. Upon completion they will notify you that the share has been configured. Part of the notification includes instructions (Win & Mac) on how to map to the new share.

Your department will be charged in the same month as the order.

How it Works

Disk space is purchased on what we call R drives, which work similarly to the G and H drives. When an R drive is purchased, the owner of the drive provides a list of names of those who will be granted access to the drive. Information Services will create a group from this list to assign permissions to the drive.

If a new member joins the group and needs access to the R drive, the drive owner can open a ticket with the Help Desk and ask that the user be added to the group. Conversely, when someone leaves the group, particularly if they are moving within the institution, they should be removed from the group, otherwise they will continue to have access to content on the drive. A Principle Investigator (PI) may wish to grant access to everyone in the group. Access permissions for other individuals may be added and removed by the owner of the drive.

Example: Two investigators are collaborating and wish to share data, manuscripts in preparation, or other material. One of the investigators can create a directory on their R drive and grant permissions to the other investigator just for that directory.