The College shared drive should be used to store important files that either need shared access and/or need to be backed up. You can either mount the shared drive on your computer, or access it via a web interface. When the drive is mounted, you can directly access the files. With the web interface you will have to download the files on to your computer to work on them, and then upload them back to the shared drive when finished.

There are currently four shares, the “env” share for the Dean’s Office, the “cig” share for the Climate Impacts Group, “EarthLab” share for EarthLab, and the “homedirs” share for those people who wanted their own personal directory.

NOTE: Many off-campus networks have firewalls that will block the ports necessary to mount the drive. In this case you will either need to use the UW VPN software Husky OnNet or use the web interface to access the shared drive.

Please contact Michael Parker (( if you have any problems with the college shared drive.

Mounting the drive in Windows

  1. From the Start Menu click on “Computer”.
  2. Click on the toolbar item labeled “Map network drive”.
  3. For drive letter choose “S” for the “env” share or “T” for the “cig” share. Alternatively you can use any available drive letter you want for either share.
  4. For folder type “coenv-share.coenv.washington.eduenv” for the “env” share, “coenv-share.coenv.washington.educig” for the “cig” share, “coenv-share.coenv.washington.eduEarthLab” for the “EarthLab” share, or “coenv-share.coenv.washington.eduhomedirs” for your personal share.
  5. Click on “Reconnect at logon”.
  6. IF you are logged in using the “netid” domain, click on Finish and go to step 13.
  7. Otherwise, click on “Connect using different credentials”.
  8. Click on Finish.
  9. In the popup window, for username type “netidyournetid”, where “yournetid” is your UW NetID (e.g. netidharry).
  10. Type your UW NetID password for the password.
  11. Click on the box “Remember my credentials”.
  12. Click on OK.
  13. The shared drive should now appear under “Network Location” in the “Computer” window.
  14. The shared drive will automatically connect after this whenever you reboot.
  15. If you want a shortcut to the shared drive, in your Windows Explorer window drag the item labeled “env” onto your desktop.

Mounting the drive in Mac OS X

  1. In Finder, under Go menu select “Connect to Server”.
  2. For server address, type “smb://” for the “env” share, “smb://” for the “cig” share, “smb://” for the “EarthLab” share, or “smb://” for your personal share.
  3. Click on the “+” button.
  4. Click on the “Connect” button.
  5. In popup window select “Registered User”.
  6. In “Name” type “netidyournetid”, where “yournetid” is your UW NetID (e.g. netidharry).
  7. Type your UW NetID password for the password.
  8. Click on “Remember this password in my keychain”.
  9. If a popup comes up asking which volume to mount, select “env”.
  10. To set the disk to automount on login, start by clicking on “System Preferences” in the Apple Menu at the top of the screen.
  11. Choose “Users & Groups”.
  12. Choose your login name (should be under Current User).
  13. Select “Login Items”.
  14. In the Finder window, look for the Shared Item labeled “coenv-share” and drag it into the “Login Item” list.
  15. If you want a shortcut to the shared drive on your desktop, drag the same item from the Finder window onto your desktop.

Accessing the shared drive via the Web Interface

  1. In your web browser, visit
  2. Type in your UW NetID as the user name (no “netid” needed) and your password.

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