OIT to migrate NCSU Drive to new network storage system

OIT is updating the hardware that supports the NCSU Drive, which provides storage of home and shared drives for many campus departments. Home drives are often mapped to B:\ or H:\ drives, and departmental shared drives are often mapped to S:\ drives.

The migration of the NCSU Drive service will take place at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2 and is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5. (Note: The departmental shared drives (S:\ drives) for OIT Managed Desktop users have already been migrated to the new hardware.)  

For most campus users, these migrations will be seamless and unnoticed. For some users who have hard-coded drive mappings, attempts to reach these drives will fail. The new home drive path for all users will be \\ncsudrive.ncsu.edu\home. However, if you map to the new home prior to Jan. 4, the data will be overwritten when the last synchronization takes place. 

The current drive path, \\unityid.file.ncsu.edu\ncsu\unityid\, will stop working late Saturday, Jan. 4.

This migration will enable OIT to:

  • Retire old storage arrays currently supporting the NCSU drive
  • Improve storage access and performance
  • Simplify account creation processes
  • Reduce ongoing maintenance costs

For future updates, see the SysNews announcement.