What is the I:Drive?

Your I:Drive is a place to store files that you wish to share with others via the Internet. Once enabled, it can be accessed locally from any computer in the GSLIS computer labs, as well as remotely from your own computer.

How do I get an I:Drive?

Your I:Drive is provided for you by default, but in order to use the it you need to enable it at the GUMMS administration page.

NOTE: You will need to supply your NetID and GSLIS domain password to access this site. This account expires two years after you graduate or leave GSLIS.

How do I connect to my I:Drive while at GSLIS?

To use your I:Drive, you will need to enable your space as mentioned above.

Once your I:Drive is enabled, your name, organized by NetID, will be listed as an available drive when you sign into a computer in the GSLIS labs or other GSLIS offices in the "homei" drive (See Below). If you have enabled your I:Drive and do not see it listed, please contact the GSLIS Help Desk.

On a Mac you can access your I:Drive (and the homei drive) by clicking on Finder, then going to Macintosh HD and clicking on homei:

In Windows, open a Windows Explorer window. In the right sidebar, under "yourNetID On GSLIS" (where yourNetID is your Net ID) and clicking on the bottom option. That is your I:Drive!

How do I connect to my I:Drive from home?

You can connect to your I:Drive using Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) or a Secure Shell Client (SSH). There are several programs to choose from to connect. Click on SFTP or SSH below for step-by-step directions. Either option works for most computers or operating systems, but if you are new to connecting remotely, SFTP options may be more user friendly.

Where and what are the three folders found in my I:Drive and how do I make links?

Your I:Drive can be located by the following path in the GSLIS server system: root (\) > homei > users > YOUR NETID (e.g. rmcdonal2)

You can place content in one of three folders in your I:Drive:

  • people_html is publicly available. This is intended to be a professional space to keep materials such as a CV or resume.

    The URL for files in people_html will be: http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~NetID/filename

  • courseweb_html is publicly available. This is intended to house any assignment or webpage that you want to share with the world.

    The URL for files in courseweb_html will be: http://courseweb.lis.illinois.edu/~NetID/filename

  • courseweb_htmls is not publicly available. Material housed in this directory is limited to users with GSLIS domain accounts. It is recommended that you store your assignments in this space.

    The URL for files in courseweb_htmls will be: https://courseweb.lis.illinois.edu/~NetID/filename (NOTE the https).


  • In each of these examples, replace NetID with your UIUC NetID.
  • In each of these examples, replace filename with your filename (including extensions) OR foldername/filename.
  • The URLS are case sensitive! Also, you should avoid having spaces or unusual characters in your file names ( - and _ are acceptable).
  • Indexing and scripting (mysql, php, perl, ruby, python) have been turned off by default but are available. To enable indexing or scripting, you must create and edit a file named .htaccess:

    1. Connect to the classroom servers via SSH.
    2. Type in (without the quotes) "cd ../../homei/users/NetID/foldername" - Replace NetID with your own NetID and foldername with the location you want indexing enabled.
    3. Type in pico .htaccess and press the Enter key.
    4. You are now in what looks like a word processor (you are actually running a word processing program called Pico). For indexing, type in Options +Indexes. For scripting, use the line AddHandler cgi-script .cgi.
    5. Press Ctrl and X to exit editing mode. Type Y to "Yes, save Modified Buffer" and then press Enter to save the file named .htaccess.
    6. To check if indexing is enabled, type in ls -a and press Enter. You should see .htaccess as a listed file.

Why do I need an I:Drive?

During your time at GSLIS, it is likely that you will need to make a web page as part of an assignment, share files on the internet, or make an online portfolio for job-searching. The I:Drive was designed to meet these needs. If you need to store files that are for your personal reference, we recommend using your H: Drive.

How big is my I:Drive?

You have 250 MB of file storage space in your I:Drive. To give you more context, 250 MB is about 60 MP3 files or 250 image files. If you need more space, please contact the GSLIS Help Desk.