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Connect ('Map a drive') to your H: drive

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Read First: What is an H: drive?

All Staff and Students at the LSE are given a networked user-space in which they can save files and documents. This is called your "H: drive" or "H: Space".

The amount you can save on your H: space is given below:

Undergraduates and
Taught Postgraduates 	250 MB

Research Postgraduates 	512 MB

Staff 			512 MB



STICERD and CEP users also have a networked user-space (J:drive or Z:drive) which starts at a quota 1 Gigabyte of files, which is...

  • 2 x more than the Staff/PhD student H: Space allowance OR

  • 4 x more than a Taught Postgraduate's H: Space allowance

Users on a computer on the RLAB DOMAIN need to manually connect to their H: Space. It will not appear automatically in My Computer.

The EASY way to connect to your H: drive

  1. For Windows users (XP/Vista/Windows7) please download the H: Space Utility to your desktop
    Download H: Space Utility

  2. For Mac users (OS X 10.2 or above ) please follow instructions from link below:
    Accessing H:space using Mac OS X 10.2 or above

  3. Before running the utility, if you are using your own laptop at the School, or using your computer from home make sure you are connected to the LSE network using LSE VPN

  4. Now you can connect to your H: drive (LSE personal space):

    1. Save the H: space utility to your desktop

      [Picture of H: Space Utility Icon]

    2. Double-click the Hspace.exe icon on your Desktop to open the utility

      [Picture of H: Space Utility]

    3. Select your role from the Current LSE Status: drop down list (i.e. Student or Staff)

    4. H: space (your LSE user network space) is ticked by default.

    5. Enter your LSE username and password

    6. Click Connect

    7. A dialog box will indicate that the drive has been successfully connected

      [Picture of H: Space Utility dialog]

      Click OK when prompted

    8. Your H: space will be added as a network drive and should be visible in Computer in Vista / Windows 7 computers - also known as My Computer in Windows 2000/XP systems.

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The harder way to manually connect to your H: drive

These instructions are for all users - either logged onto a PC at CEP or STICERD, or using their laptops or connecting from home.

If you are connecting from home make sure you have already connected remotely to the LSE network using VPN

If you are connecting from your laptop make sure you are connected to the LSE network either

  • physically using an ethernet cable plugged into a working network point OR

  • wirelessly and logged onto the network (instructions available).


  1. Open My Computer. From the menu bar choose Tools > Map Network Drive...

    [Picture of Map Network Drive Option]

  2. In Drive select H: as the drive letter from the drop down list.

  3. For Folder you will need to work out the pathname to your H: Space folder.

    The pathname is structured in the following way -
    \\server\?_USERS\username
    
    - where server is your staff or student server

    - and ? is the first letter of your username

    - and username is LSE IT account username



    Servernames for Students

    There are 2 student servers with H Spaces stored in directories based on the first letter of the username.
    
    Usernames beginning A-K     STUDENT1
    
    Usernames beginning with A   \\STUDENT1\A_USERS
    
    Usernames beginning with B   \\STUDENT1\B_USERS
    
    Usernames beginning with C   \\STUDENT1\C_USERS
    
    ...etc...etc
    
    Usernames beginning with K   \\STUDENT1\K_USERS
    
    
    
    Usernames beginning L-Z      STUDENT2
    
    Usernames beginning with L   \\STUDENT2\L_USERS
    
    Usernames beginning with M   \\STUDENT2\M_USERS
    
    Usernames beginning with N   \\STUDENT2\N_USERS
    
    ...etc...etc
    
    Usernames beginning with Z   \\STUDENT2\Z_USERS
    
    
    In our example a student called John Smith with username SMITHJ would type the following as his folder:
    \\STUDENT2\S_USERS\smithj
    
    [Picture of Map H: Drive]

    Servernames for Staff

    There are 2 staff servers with H Spaces stored in directories based on the first letter of the username.
    
    Usernames beginning A-K     STAFF1
    
    Usernames beginning with A   \\STAFF1\A_USERS
    
    Usernames beginning with B   \\STAFF1\B_USERS
    
    Usernames beginning with C   \\STAFF1\C_USERS
    
    ...etc...etc
    
    Usernames beginning with K   \\STAFF1\K_USERS
    
    
    
    Usernames beginning L-Z      STAFF2
    
    Usernames beginning with L   \\STAFF2\L_USERS
    
    Usernames beginning with M   \\STAFF2\M_USERS
    
    Usernames beginning with N   \\STAFF2\N_USERS
    
    ...etc...etc
    
    Usernames beginning with Z   \\STAFF2\Z_USERS
    
    
    In our example a member of staff called Susan James with username JAMESS would type the following as her folder:
    \\STAFF1\J_USERS\jamess
    
    [Picture of Map H: Drive]

  4. IMPORTANT!

    Click on Connect using a different user name.

    [Picture of Connect using a different user name]

    The Connect As.. dialog box will appear.

    Under user name type 'LSE\' and your IT Account username. In our example LSE\smithj

    Under password enter your password

    [Picture of Map Network Drive Dialog]

    Click OK to close The Connect As... dialog box

    Click Finish on the Map Network Drive dialog box.

    [Picture of Map Network Drive Dialog: Finish]

  5. Your H: drive should now appear ...

    [Picture of H: Drive]



  6. ... and in My Computer an icon for your H: drive should be present

    [Picture of H: Drive icon]

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    Troubleshooting and other ways to connect

    1. For users connecting their own computer to the LSE network on campus, from Residences or from home, you may like to use the
      H: Space Utility for Windows2000/XP.

      Please note this may NOT work on RLAB PCs.

      [Picture of H: Space Utility]

    2. Mac and Linux users should read the instructions provided by LSE IT Services:

      1. Accessing H:space using Mac OS X 10.2 or above.

      2. Accessing H:space using Linux