Remote Access to the CSE File System

Each student with a CSE account has one gigabyte of storage available on the CSE file system. That storage is known as your "home directory" and can be accessed in several ways.

On the Windows machines in the CSE laboratories, your home directory is automatically mounted when you log onto the system and is available as the H: drive.

To access your home directory from a non-CSE machine (such as your own machine), you may be able to mount the CSE file system if you're on MSU's campus. Otherwise, you can use a file transfer program.

Storing files on the CSE system is convenient for several reasons: the CSE file system is backed up regularly, your files are accessible to you from any machine which has Internet access, and each file is time stamped to show the date and time of the last modification. Those file time stamps are important if you make a mistake while using the handin system, since the time stamp on your file for a computer project can be used to prove that you completed it on time.

Mounting the CSE File System

You can mount the CSE file system on your local PC or Mac so that it will appear as another disk on your local machine (often called the H: drive).

Windows 7

  1. Click on the Start menu (bottom left).
  2. In the right hand column, click on "Computer".
  3. In the bar at the top, click on "Map Network Drive".
  4. In the dialog box:
    • Select a drive from the pull down menu (for example, H:).
    • For the folder name, type "\\\your_login_name" (type the slashes exactly as shown).
    • Click on Finish.
  5. In the new dialogue box, type your CSE username and CSE password.


  1. Click in the Finder.
  2. Click the "Go" menu in the top bar, select "Connect to Server" (you can also hold down the "Command" key and "K" simultaneously).
  3. In the dialog box:
    • For the server address, type "smb://".
    • Select "Connect".
  4. In the dialog box, type your CSE username and your CSE password.
  5. Select "Connect".

Using a File Transfer Program

Some programs allow you to easily connect to (and get files from) a remote server. One such program is called FileZilla, and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. To download, go to the FileZilla client download page and download your platform's installation file.

Once you install the program, open it. At the top of the window, you should see something like this:

Enter the following information:

  • Host:
  • Username: (your CSE username. ex: doejohn1)
  • Password: (your CSE password)
  • Port: 22
Click "Quickconnect". From this point on, you can click the arrow next to that button to quickly access places you've recently used.

On the right side of the main window you will now see the same files that are on your H: drive on the lab computers. The left side shows files that are on your computer. You can now double click or drag files from one side to the other.