Transferring/Moving Files

CISER Research (CISERRSCH)

How to transfer/move files to or from the research servers
There are three 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 Advantages Disadvantages
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
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
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

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.