Data Storage

If you are a new SCCN member and have just gotten an account to access our data, you may be sitting in front of a workstation with an empty desktop. Where do you start? This guide will help you on that journey.

How do I get started on analyzing data?

If you brought your own data, you can load that onto our shared disk system. You can also begin to work on existing data sets that are available from various sources. This is a brief summary of some of those locations.


This is primarily where you will work. Create a folder for yourself in this location and then copy your own data or other data sets in that folder. All users in SCCN have access to this space, so you will be able to call on other lab members to access your data to assist you with any problems you might come across. Typically, there is usually 1 TB of space available for any new data in this location.

Linux: /data/projects
Windows: \\\projects
Macintosh: smb://


This is a read-only location where you can find raw data that you can copy and use for your own purposes.

Linux: /data/central
Windows: \\\central
Macintosh: smb://


For temporary items you only need for a short period of time, you may stash items in here for others to grab. Files and folders in here may be deleted at any time without warning, so use with caution.

Linux: /data/temp
Windows: \\\temp
Macintosh: smb://


This is considered your own private space. If you have data that only you are going to be working on without collaboration with other lab members, you may use this space.. Note that there is a limit of about 100 GB in your /home volume.

Linux: /home/username
Windows: \\\username
Macintosh: smb://

How do I access those data locations?

Linux MATE (graphical desktop)

Double-click your home icon.

In the address bar, enter the path to the data. In most cases, you cannot browse to these locations. you must type this in directly to the address bar, for example,



In a terminal, including Terminal apps on Linux, Macintosh, and Windows (PuTTY), use the cd command to change to that directory, for example,

$ cd /data/projects


Make sure you are on a UCSD network. If off-campus, use the UCSD VPN. Open a File Explorer window, such as Documents. Click in the white space of the address bar so you can type in a location, such as


Enter your SCCN username and password.

Windows Login

To create a shortcut to one of these locations after you get access to the shared folder, drag the yellow folder icon in the left of the address bar to your desktop or another folder window.


Make sure you are on a UCSD network. If off-campus, use the UCSD VPN. From the Go... menu, choose Connect to Server... Enter one of the data shares by typing it in this format:


Enter your SCCN username and password.

To create a bookmark to one of these locations, click the + to add it to the list.