Piratedrive Network Storage

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Piratedrive Storage



Piratedrive is an online storage folder created for each faculty, staff and student. Departments can also request a Piratedrive folder to house department information.

Each folder is password-protected, secure and backed up nightly. All disk activities using Piratedrive must conform to the ECU Academic Computer Use Policy and the University Student and Employee Computer Use Policy.

Commercial use prohibited. Piratedrive users may not use Piratedrive storage for personal gain, for a non-university, for-profit business or to advertise events or items for sale that result in a revenue gain for non-university departments, programs or organizations.

Illegal use prohibited. Illegal uses include, but are not limited to such activities as unauthorized distribution or copying of copyrighted software, fraud and harassment. Files such as illegal MP3s are protected by copyright laws and are strictly forbidden.

Reporting complaints. Complaints relating to the abuse of Piratedrive space should be directed to the ITCS Help Desk at 252-328-9866/800.340.7081.

Department Piratedrive


Departments can request a 50GB Piratedrive folder to store and share office files. This is convenient when several members must access the same files or the department is storing sensitive information.

The first 50GB are free of charge, and additional space is requested through the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866/1.800.340.7081.

All departmental Piratedrive folders require an administrator to manage the folder data and users. See the printable documents to the right for information on how to set user permissions and more.

Access a Department Piratedrive

On-campus users can map a drive (create a shortcut) to a department's folder. Off-campus users should access their department's folder by establishing a secure connection using Virtual Private Network (VPN) software. Instructions for establishing a VPN connection can be found on the VPN Staff and VPN Student websites.

Department Piratedrive folders can also be managed on campus or off campus through the Pirate Port  Piratedrive app. 

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Administrator Responsibilities


Departments are required to have at least one primary administrator and one backup administrator.

Administrator Responsibilities:

  • Plan the folder and data organization
  • Maintain documentation of folder administration
  • Grant and remove users and user access on as-needed basis
  • Choose level of access for users (only administrators should have full control access)
  • Review and modify user access on as-needed basis
  • Review folder security twice annually. Download the Security Review Log Template
  • Obtain ITPC approval to store Social Security Numbers
  • Obtain IT Security approval of HIPAA data storage measures
  • Protect sensitive data
  • Notify ITCS if your role changes, and you are no longer a folder administrator

Please note: Permissions may only be set from a Windows system.

FOLDER PERMISSIONS
NTFS File Permission     Allowed Access
Read This allows the user or group to view the files, folders, and subfolders of the parent folder. It also allows the viewing of folder ownership, permissions, and attributes of that folder.
Write This allows the user or group to create new files and folders within the parent folder as well as view folder ownership and permissions and change the folder attributes.
List Folder Contents This allows the user or group to view the files and subfolders contained within the folder.
Read & Execute This allows the user or group to navigate through all files and subfolders including perform all actions allowed by the Read and List Folder Contents permissions.
Modify This allows the user to delete the folder and perform all activities included in the Write and Read & Execute NTFS folder permissions.
Full Control This allows the user or group to change permissions on the folder, take ownership of it, and perform all activities included in all other permissions.

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Data Retention and Recovery


Piratedrive's daily backup is maintained for 14 days. Users recover lost files by mapping a drive to the image folder. If files are lost outside the 14-day window, please submit an IT Help Desk request.

If data, such as PII or research information, requires storage for more than three months, the department is responsible for making these arrangements.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the individual user to maintain any HIPAA data for a period of 7 years to conform to HIPAA regulations.

To restore a lost file, see the pdf tutorial on the right.

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On-Campus Access


On-campus users access their personal Piratedrive through “My Computer” if they are logged in to the Intra domain. It is labeled as the "U" drive.

On-campus users can access a departmental Piratedrive by mapping a network drive to the folder. See the printable guide or video links on the right for instructions.

Piratedrive folders, both personal and departmental, can be managed through the Piratedrive app in Pirate Port.

Off-Campus Access


Personal Piratedrive folders are accessible off campus through OneStop, Pirate Port or through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. Departmental folders are accessible via VPN and Pirate Port.

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