How to do the most common things in CRSP

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Getting Started

How to get an account

I’m a researcher on campus

if you are a Ladder-rank faculty or have an exception granted to act as PI on federal grants by UCI Office of research, your account should be pre-created. If you still do not have access, please send a request to

I’m a student/postdoc

Your PI must request access for you. He/she should send a request to to include your UCNetID and if your space should be limited. PI’s may send multiple requests in a single email.

I’m a researcher and I want access to my colleagues lab

Your colleague must request access for you to their lab. He/she can send the request to

I’m a researcher and I want colleagues outside of UCI to have access

You must first sponsor a UCNetID through OIT, then send a request to to grant access.

Space Owners and Granting Access

Storage space on CRSP has the concept of a space owner (at launch, this is "Lab" space), and those granted access (examples are: students, postdocs, other faculty members).

Space Owners

Those granted access

  • Can be anyone with a UCNetID

  • Can access the space(s) to which they have been granted access

  • Cannot store files in their home area (unless they are also a space owner)

All about Access and Sharing

In this guide , access controls and sharing in lab areas is explained in some detail. The key take home points are:

  • The space owner (e.g., faculty PI) is a "root" user and by default has read access to every file/directory in the lab

  • Those granted access (e.g., student) have a directory/folder created for them under their UCNetID. Files stored here are viewable only by PI and the student.

  • A directory/folder called share is available where all members of the lab (.e.g., faculty and students can read/write all files stored here

  • Only the PI has the ability to create files or new folders in the top-level of the folder. Those folders are readable by everyone in the lab.

Accessing your CRSP storage from Windows, MAC, and Linux systems

All access to CRSP Requires that the client system (e.g., laptop) is connected to the UCINet production network or the campus VPN (virtual private network)

For accessing CRSP storage from Windows and Mac systems, a commercial software called WebDrive is provided by RCIC. Automated installation for the site-licensed version is provided by RCIC and includes some limited standard configurations. Follow the links below to install or setup your CRSP access:

Although CRSP storage system could be accessed via other commercial or opensource software ( i.e. FileZilla for Windows, CyberDuck for MAC ), WebDrive is the currently supported SFTP based software. Other software support is provided on a best effort basis.
Having trouble accessing your CRSP shares? Consult our Troubleshooting Guide.

Recover Accidentally Deleted Files

Mistakes happen and a common one is an unintentional deletion. In many cases, but not all, users can retrieve a previous copy of the file. CRSP uses file system snapshots to read-only copies of user data at specific points in time

Currently, CRSP snapshots the file system every 12 hours and retains snapshots for 1 weeks. If the file you just deleted was created prior to the most-recent snapshot, you can get a copy of the file as it was when the snapshot was created. Any changes made after the snapshot are lost. If you wait longer than 7 days to recover a deleted file, it is gone forever.

To recover a lost file, please see the recovery guide.