Research Data Service

Active data storage

Discover how to use DataStore to hold your active research data securely.


DataStore is a file store for active research data, and is available to all research staff and postgraduate research students (PGRs).

DataStore provides the following key features:

  • a free 'at point of use' allocation of 500 GB, additional capacity can be purchased for £175 per TB per annum
  • fully backed-up, secure, resilient and multi-site
  • new storage allocations can be created immediately
  • support for very large data (>1 PB)
  • you can connect your DataStore personal or group share with DataSync to share your files anywhere and with anyone

Full details on what DataStore is and how it works can be found on the DataStore wiki.

Accessing DataStore and creating group spaces

You can connect to DataStore as a network shared drive, and users of the University’s Supported Desktop already have their individual DataStore space mapped to their M: drive. Other connection methods and full connection instructions for different operating systems are available on the Network shares web page.

Individuals may allocate up to half their individual storage space to a group space. (More space may be purchased. See above.) To request a group space, a researcher can email the IS Helpline with the following information:

  1. Name for the shared folder
  2. Universal User Names (UUNs) of those who may access the folder
  3. Desired size in GB
  4. Which individuals are allocating space

Read the allocation policy for DataStore for further information:

Edinburgh Compute and Data Facility (ECDF)

The compute component of Edinburgh Compute and Data Facility (ECDF), known as Eddie, offers a number of services aimed to satisfy as best as possible all researchers' computational requirements including the following:

  • High-performance computing services.
  • Cloud and Portal services.
  • General file services using Network Attached Storage (NAS).
  • Support services including consultancy and application support.

Full information is available on the ECDF website.

Data security

Some research data require additional security, such as personal or confidential data.

Please visit the Information Security website to learn more about keeping data safe.