Accessing your M: Drive off campus

You can access your M: Drive off campus using Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). We recommend using the FileZilla Client but you can use a different client if you want to - just skip to the settings part.

To access your M: Drive off campus:

  • Download the FileZilla Client and install it
  • Open FileZilla and choose FileSite Manager...New Site
  • Give it a suitable name, for example 'M: Drive', and then enter the following settings:

    Host: unix4.essex.ac.uk
    Port: 22
    Protocol SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
    Logon Type: Normal
    User: your University username (do not add @essex.ac.uk after your username)
    Password: your University password
  • Choose Connect.
  • Click OK if you're asked to confirm the host's key fingerprint.

Once you're connected you'll be able to see all of your files and folders stored in your M: Drive. To download or upload files simply drag and drop.

To disconnect your session just close FileZilla.

If you need help using FileZilla visit their support page.

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