This service is available only to Lehigh Faculty.
- What is the R-Drive?
- What is Ceph?
- How is it different from the H-Drive?
- How is it different from Cloud services like DropBox or Google Drive, etc.?
- Who can get access to the R-drive?
- What does it cost?
- How do I sign up or increase my space?
- How do I connect to it?
- Can I share files and collaborate with others on the R-Drive?
- Can I use the R-drive with backup systems like CrashPlan?
The R-Drive is a file storage service offered by LTS to provide Lehigh users with significant additional storage for larger files or collections of data than are handled by other systems.Back to Questions
Ceph is the Research Computing system in which the R-Drive was created. It allows LTS to share massive amounts of high-speed, high-availability (redundant) storage space over the Lehigh network.Back to Questions
Files on the H-Drive are backed up nightly by LTS onto tape, and sent to an off-site storage location. Files on the R-Drive will be stored redundantly, so that a single hardware failure will not result in loss. As well, the system does store online snapshots of files daily, which are retained for 7 days after that, but these are part of the same system, so supplemental backup is still recommended.Back to Questions
Like all data created for work at Lehigh, files on the R-drive are subject to Lehigh’s Data Classification Policy, and Records Retention Policy. Nevertheless, since the R-Drive’s systems are on campus, owned by Lehigh, and under the university’s direct control, files can be stored on the R-Drive without concern for compliance with the Cloud Computing Policy.Back to Questions
Full-time faculty get 1 terabyte of space at no cost, and need only to log in (see instructions below). Additional storage will be charged via a Lehigh account. Staff, students, and others may also request access, but must also be charged via a Lehigh account.Back to Questions
Full-time faculty get 1TB of space at no cost, and need only to log in (see instructions below). Everyone else, including faculty who need additional storage, can purchase a Ceph Project space. R-Drive and Ceph Project space cannot be combined.Back to Questions
R-Drive space cannot be increased or shared with other R-Drive users. It also cannot be combined with a Ceph project space. If Lehigh Faculty need additional space, they will need to purchase a separate Ceph project. More information about Ceph is available on the Ceph FAQ.Back to Questions
While your individual R-Drive space cannot be shared, the Ceph system allows for creation of customized project spaces in addition to the R-Drive. See the Ceph FAQ for more info.Back to Questions
Using the R-Drive with CrashPlan is not currently supported, but may be in the future. See your Computing Consultant for more information.Back to Questions