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Filestore@UCL: Adding your Home (N:) drive to a Linux machine

Guidance on how to add and bookmark your UCL Home (N) drive to a Linux machine so that you can access your UCL files and documents.

This guide is aimed at...

  • Students
  • Staff

Before you start...

  • A Linux operating system – These instructions assume you are using GNOME or Unity, but the process should be similar on other Linux operating systems
  • A computer connected to the UCL network either onsite or via the UCL VPN remote access service if you are offsite
  • You need to know your 7 character UCL user ID

Please note: The full path that you need to access is based on the last character (letter or number) of your user ID. For example, smb://ad.ucl.ac.uk/HomeA/YourUserID for user IDs ending in ‘A’.


  1. In Finder click on Files in the Dock and then click on Other Locations.
    Linux Other Locations option in Files menu
    Fig.1 – Other Locations
  2. In the Connect to Server field enter the address of your N drive using the path below substituting “ccearp0” with your own UCL user ID.

    Please note the number “0” after home. You should substitute it with the last character (letter or number) of your user ID.

    Linux connect to server window

    Fig.2 – Connect to Server window
  3. Click Connect
  4. Supply your connection details as follows:

    Connect As: Registered User
    Username: your UCL user ID
    Domain: ad.ucl.ac.uk
    Password: your UCL password
    Select Remember forever

    Linux Username Domain and Password window

    Fig.3 – Credentials screen
  5. Click Connect. This will mount your home drive in the left side Files menu.
  6. In Files right-click the home drive and select Add Bookmark. This will make your home drive persistently appear in the Files menu.

    Linux Add Bookmark to Files menu

    Fig.4 – Add Bookmark menu
  7. At log in, click the bookmark to quickly mount your hard drive.

    Linux home drive bookmarked in File menu

    Fig.5 – The bookmarked home drive in the Files menu

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