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 on your personal computer
  • Easy to configure
  • Immediate access to files on your computer through the research servers
  • Easy copy and paste files from your CISER drive to personal computer or vice versa.
  • Configuration could be challenging for some users. Difficult steps to follow.
  • 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
  • Can only upload 1 file at a time.
Cornell Secure File Transfer (formerly Cornell Dropbox)
  • Easy to use
  • No need to install/configure
  • Suitable for large files (up to 5 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
  • 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
  • Difficult to keep track of document versions
Method       Instructions
Windows 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 from the left)
  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. C drive, external drive.
  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
Mac Microsoft Remote Desktop
  1. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop
  2. Add new desktop or edit currently saved desktop more...

    connection details Click Add or Save
  3. Next select the “Folders” tab
  4. Check box that says “Redirect folders”
  5. At bottom of table underneath “Redirect folders” box click plus icon to add a folder/drive to be linked to the CISER servers.
  6. Browse your filing system for the location of your external drive and open it.
  7. Click Save
  8. Login to the CISER RSCH server NOTE: This must be a new login session
  9. Open File Explorer and you will see your desktop local drive(s) that you selected
  10. 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, Open web browser. From start menu Firefox or Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer is pinned to taskbar.
  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. Inside Google Drive Click “New” for new folder or file upload
  1. To download files from Google drive to CISER servers first locate file in Google Drive.
  2. right click on file -> Download. Files will be saved to Downloads folder on personal U drive.
Cornell Secure File Transfer (formerly 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, alternatively use Mozilla Firefox
  3. Type https://sft.cornell.edu/ into the URL textbox, hit Enter on your keyboard, then login to Cornell Dropbox
  4. Follow the instructions:
    1. Send/receive WITH a NetID, or
    2. Send/receive WITHOUT a NetID
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. Alternatively use Mozilla Firefox
  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.