Piratedrive File Storage

Piratedrive Online Storage

All students, faculty and staff have a personal 125GB Piratedrive folder to store important files such as class assignments, meeting minutes or research proposals. With password-protection, security, daily backup and availability on or off campus, some users opt to save all their work files to their Piratedrive folder rather than a work or personal computer.

Piratedrive is approved for storage of sensitive ECU information, such as FERPA or research data.

Departments can request a Piratedrive folder (capacity 50GB) to store departmental information. Access permissions are controlled by the department.

All activities using Piratedrive must conform to the ECU Academic Computer Use Policy and the University Student and Employee Computer Use Policy. Visit the Piratedrive general information page to learn more.

    Access and Store

    Piratedrive is approved for storing sensitive ECU information and is convenient for work files, department projects, research data, student assignments and more. Faculty, staff and student folders are created at the same time as the email account (125GB). Departments can request a 50GB folder through an IT service request, and there must be one primary and one backup folder administrator to manage data and users.

    Drive "U" or Mapped Drive

    On-campus laptops and desktops logged in to the INTRA domain see a mapped "U" drive. Upload, download or open files from within this drive.

    Users can map a drive to a department folder on a Windows or Mac laptop. See the resources for instructions.

    Pirate Port

    All devices have Piratedrive access from the Pirate Port web portal both on and off campus. See the Pirate Port page for a video tutorial.

    Mac OS X - Finder


    1. Go > Connect to Server (Apple + K on the keyboard)
    2. Type this address: smb://Piratedrive/HOME
    3. At the login prompt enter the following:
      • Workgroup/Domain = INTRA
      • Username = PirateID
      • Password = Passphrase

    FTP Program

    Using a file transfer protocol (FTP) program like Filezilla or Fetch, drag and drop files between Piratedrive and your computer. Use the settings below:

    1. Host = piratedrive.intra.ecu.edu
    2. Username = intra\YOUR PIRATEID (example: intra\washingtong)
    3. Connect using = FTP
    4. Password = YOUR ECU PASSPHRASE

    SFTP is also supported on Piratedrive. Settings are the same as above but should read, "SFTP."

    Virtual Private Network

    When off campus, ECU users can use a virtual private network to connect to their ECU resources, which includes Piratedrive. See the VPN page for more information.

      Sync Files

      Faculty and staff can request the DatAnywhere software tool to sync files between their Piratedrive folder and other devices, including Mac and Windows laptops, Android, iOS and Windows devices.

      First, submit an IT service request and then log in to the DatAnywhere server to download and install the software on your devices. Once installed, create work spaces that include the files you wish to sync.

      See the DatAnywhere page for more information and user manuals. DatAnywhere is not available for students.

        Share and Collaborate

        Share your files with colleagues and project members in two ways. Note that there is no way at this time to share files using Pirate Port.

        "U" Drive (Personal Folder) or Mapped Drive (Department Folder)

        For both personal and department folders, the folder owner/administrator right-clicks the drive and selects, Properties, then Security. See the video in resources for specifics. Add users and set permissions such as full control or read only. Between ECU users only.


        DatAnywhere allows both internal and external sharing of files. See the appropriate DatAnywhere user manual for instructions.