Transferring/Moving Files

CISER Research (CISERRSCH)

How to transfer/move files to or from the research servers
There are four methods you can use to move your files back and forth from your local computer to the research servers. Your preferred method depends on your needs. Each method has advantages and disadvantages.
Method ComparisonsInstructions

Method       Advantages       Disadvantages
Remote Desktop Connection
  • Preferred method if you want to keep your files in your computer
  • Easy to configure
  • Immediate access to files on your computer through the research servers
  • Configuration could be challenging for some users
  • Your local computer’s files are visible on the research server, but the files on the research server are not visible on your local computer
Google Drive
  • Easy to use
  • No need to install/configure
  • Unlimited storage for Cornell students with Cmail accounts
  • Unlimited storage for Cornell faculty and staff users with activated G Suite accounts
  • Possibility to share files with Cornell and non-Cornell users
  • User must have a Google account
  • Google file size limitation is 15 GB
Cornell Dropbox
  • Easy to use
  • No need to install/configure
  • Suitable for large files (up to 1.99 GB per upload)
  • Keeps files online for as long as 21 days
  • Possibility to share files with Cornell and non-Cornell users
  • Slow if uploading or downloading many files within one message
  • Not optimal if you need to transfer documents frequently
  • Hard to keep track of document versions
Web Email
  • Easy to use
  • No need to install/configure
  • Most users are familiar with web mail
  • You need a web-based email account
  • Problematic with large files
  • Slow if uploading or downloading many files
  • Not optimal if you need to transfer documents frequently
  • Difficult to keep track of document versions
Method       Instructions
Remote Desktop Connection
  1. Open the Remote Desktop Application
  2. Click the Show Options button in the lower left corner
  3. Next select the Local Resources tab (third one from left to the right)
  4. Under the section Local Devices and Resource, click MORE (near bottom, left)
  5. The third selection will be Drives
  6. Select which local drives from your desktop you want available on the CISER RSCH server
  7. Login to the CISER RSCH server NOTE: This must be a new login session
  8. Open File Explorer and you will see your desktop local drive(s) that you selected
  9. Now you can copy and paste files between your desktop and a CISER RSCH server
Google Drive
  1. If you don’t already have one, obtain a Google account
  2. If you are Cornell faculty or staff who needs over 15 GB storage space, you must also have an activated Cornell G Suite account
  3. Login to the CISER RSCH server
  4. From within your Remote Desktop Window, click the blue e in the taskbar to open Internet Explorer
  5. Type https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive into the URL textbox, hit Enter on your keyboard, then login to your Google account
  6. Right-click on My Drive and create a new folder, then double-click on your new Google Drive folder to open it
  7. Now you can drag files from your CISER research server to your Google Drive folder
Cornell Dropbox
  1. Login to the CISER RSCH server
  2. From within your Remote Desktop Window, click the blue e in the taskbar to open Internet Explorer
  3. Type https://dropbox.cornell.edu/ into the URL textbox, hit Enter on your keyboard, then login to Cornell Dropbox
  4. Follow these instructions
Web Email
  1. Login to the CISER RSCH server
  2. From within your Remote Desktop Window, click the blue e in the taskbar to open Internet Explorer
  3. Navigate to your web email service and login to your web email account
  4. Send yourself your files as attachments

Tip: whichever method you use, compressing the file(s) first will speed up the transfer.

CISER Secure Data Services (CRADC)

How to transfer/move files to or from the CRADC servers or the Secure Standalone Enclave
Secure Data Services file transfer options are governed by the regulations specified within the project data use agreement.

Please submit a File Transfer Request or contact the CISER Secure Data Services for assistance.