xFiles

"xFiles" replaced "cFile" in 2012, and is ten separate departmental servers that support instruction, research, and administrative needs. It provides essential file storage and supports reliable, consistent backup/restore services. 

xFiles also allows you to share your files with others, accessible from anywhere, including off-campus, and supports Macs and PCs. xFiles has its own rigorous and proven backup plan that will keep your vital data safe.

If you'd like your computer to have backup software installed, please send an email to socsci-it@ucsc.edu.

Mike Edmonds, Divisional Liaison 
Phone: (831) 459-3165
Schedule: Tuesday to Friday 9am-5pm

Cosmo Martinez, Academic Computing Expert 
Phone: (831) 459-3421
Schedule: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Doug Niven, Academic Computing Expert, Economics
Phone: (831) 459-4401
Schedule: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Paul Sosbee, Academic Computing Expert, Psychology 
Phone: (831) 459-4652
Schedule: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

 

Department Server 
Anthropology anth-files.ucsc.edu
Economics econ-files.ucsc.edu
Education educ-files.ucsc.edu
Environmental Studies envs-files.ucsc.edu
Latin American/Latino Studies lals-files.ucsc.edu
Politics poli-files.ucsc.edu
Psychology psyc-files.ucsc.edu
Sociology socy-files.ucsc.edu
Dean/Division dean-files.ucsc.edu
Research research-files.ucsc.edu

How to connect your Macintosh to xFiles:

You will be using your CruzID and Blue password (or a collaborator's account) to connect. Connections will work from both off and on-campus (but not on Cruznet - please use Eduroam instead).

  • Click on your Desktop
  • Go to Go > Connect to Server, adding afp:// to your department server's name:
Connect to Server
  • Enter your CruzID and Blue password:
Connect to Server detail

Download user-friendly Mac shortcuts: Download

If you need help connecting, please send an email to socsci-it@ucsc.edu.

How to connect your PC to xFiles:

You will be using your CruzID and Blue password (or a collaborator's account) to connect. Connections will work from both off and on-campus (but not on Cruznet - please use Eduroam instead).

You will need to install ExpanDrive software, which the Social Sciences division provides for you at no cost. Please send an email to socsci-it@ucsc.edu to request a licensed copy of this software.

After you've installed ExpanDrive, create an SFTP connection to your department's Projects folder as seen below. Note the port number, remote path, etc. must be exactly as seen below.

  • Create a connection to your department's Projects folder, usually mapped to P:

ExpanDrive Settings

  • Create a connection to your "home" folder, usually mapped to H:

ExpanDrive Home

You'll now be able to see your mapped drive(s):

ExpanDrive Connected

  • Use the new shortcut in your Taskbar to access and/or edit your new connections:

ExpanDrive Taskbar

We've found that the following ExpanDrive settings are the most user-friendly: 

ExpanDrive Recommended Settings

If you need help connecting, please send an email to socsci-it@ucsc.edu.