Home Directory: Your Personal Storage Space

Please note: Some of the links below lead to pages in German, as work on the English version is still in progress. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Students have 15 Gigabyte, members of staff 75 Gigabyte of storage space at their disposal within the so-called home directory - which is your personal storage space at the university. This directory can be accessed from computers within the university as well as from your home or your private notebook - as explained in the following instructions. Also, the data stored in your home directory are automatically and regularly backed up. If you change or delete a file accidentally, then it can easily be restored via the → snapshot function.

If you log in at a computer on campus - for example: within the pool rooms of the Data Center - with your JGU account, then you personal home directory will automatically be listed under 'Computer'/'Dieser PC' (in ealier Windows versions: 'Arbeitsplatz') as a drive. The drive is named with you accout name and will usually be listed under the drive letter U:
The same applies if you log in via remote desktop.
If the home directory is not automatically listed as a drive you may add it manually. The same applies if you are not working from a PC at the university of Mainz, but are connected to the internet via an external provider. In that case you must first log in to the → Virtual Private Network (VPN) of the university before you can connect the personal home directory as a drive. Log in to VPN with your user name and the corresponding password. Alternatively (and this is a bit simpler), you may use a connection via WebDAV (please see below).
Open the file explorer (Windows key + E) and select "This PC" in the left navigation. Then click on Connect network drive in the toolbar at the top.

In the following dialogue window, first select any free drive letter.


Enter the following as the folder

\\fs01.uni-mainz.de\username$ or


(depending on which of the two servers fs01 and fs02 your home directory is located on).

→ Here you can find out which server it is for you.

Replace 'username' with your user name.

If your computer is not included in the Windows domain 'uni-mainz.de', e.g. a private PC at home or in the Wlan, please click on Establish connection with other log-in information. A small window will now open in which you enter your Benutzernamen@uni-mainz.de (Attention: Even if you are a student, there is no 'students' in your name in this case). The password is the password of your JGU account. Close the window with OK.

If you want your home drive to be automatically reconnected the next time you log on, please tick the box next to "Reconnect on logon".

Now click on Finish. You will now find your home directory under the letter selected above under "Computer".

By using the Webdav protocol you may very easily access the files in your home directory via an internet connection. Instructions on how to do this for various operating systems and devices may be found on our → information pages about Webdav.
Access to your own home directory may also be established via FTP according to

→ the following documentation. With the following change: the path for the FTP server (within FileZilla this is the field 'Standardordner auf dem Server') has to remain empty. If nothing is entered here, you will automatically be connected to your own home directory after login.