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 university 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).
Please click on Start and choose Computer. Then at the top click on Netzlaufwerk verbinden (for Windows 7)...

... respectively with Windows Vista choose Netzlaufwerk zuordnen below Extras.

In the following dialogue please first choose any free = non-assigned drive letter.

The folder path to be entered is either

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


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

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

In the paths above, please replace 'benutzername' by your university account user name.

If your computer is not within the windows domain 'uni-mainz.de', for example, if it is your own private PC at home or if it is connected via the winulum network, then please click on Verbindung mit anderen Anmeldeinformationen herstellen (for Windows 7) or Verbindung unter anderem Benutzernamen herstellen (for Windows Vista). This will open a small new window where you may enter your accountname@uni-mainz.de (please note: even if you are a student there will in this case not be a 'students' in the account name address). The password is your account password. Close the window by clicking OK.

If your home directory should in the future be automatically connected, please check the casket next to "Verbindung bei Anmeldung wiederherstellen".

Now click on Fertig stellen. You will now find your home directory at the chosen letter, below "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.