How to do the most common things in CRSP

1. Get an account

All requests described below must be sent to

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 us a request

I’m a student/postdoc

Your PI should send a request and include your UCNetID and indicate if your space should be limited. PI may combine multiple requests in a single email.

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

Your colleague must send a request and ask for access for you to their lab.

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

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

2. Private and Shared Areas

Please see the Sharing Guide for the detailed explanation of sharing and access controls in HOME (Private) and LAB (Shared) areas of CRSP.

3. Access CRSP

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).

You can access your granted CRSP storage from Windows, MAC, and Linux systems via the following methods:

CRSP Desktop for Windows

CRSP Desktop for MAC

CRSP Desktop is for accessing CRSP storage from Windows and Mac systems. We provide this licensed and branded version of a commercial software Mountain Duck. Follow the links on the left to install or setup your CRSP access.

Although CRSP storage system could be accessed via other commercial or open source software (i.e. FileZilla or WinSCP for Windows, CyberDuck for MAC), CRSP Desktop is the currently supported SFTP based software. Other software support is provided only on a best effort basis.

Web Browser Based Access

Web Browser access is used for lightweight CRSP resource usage. This application supports file or directory uploads and downloads and is capable of in-browser edit capabilities for certain file types.

SSHFS for Linux

SSHFS can be used for accessing CRSP shares from a Linux laptop/desktop.

Access CRSP from HPC3

NFS mount on HPC3 provides and access to the CRSP’s LAB and HOME areas.

Consult our Troubleshooting Guide if you have trouble accessing your CRSP shares.

4. CRSP Quotas

To check your CRSP disk quota using a web browser go to the You will be asked to authenticate yourself (DUO) and once successful you will see a simple text page indicating your quota for HOME and LAB areas.

When you are logged on HPC3 you can simply view your CRSP quota.

5. Deleted Files Recovery

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 create 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 week.

  • 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 most recent 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.

Please see guides below that provide more information and explain how to get an account, use CRSP and get help:

CRSP Howto Guide

Troubleshooting CRSP Access

Frequently asked questions

LAB allocation

File recovery


CRSP Access

How CRSP is built