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.
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.
On-campus users can map a drive (create a shortcut) on their computer's desktop or access directly through the Pirate Port Piratedrive app.
Off-campus users can also manage files through the Pirate Port Piratedrive app or establish a secure connection using ECU's Virtual Private Network (VPN). Instructions for establishing a VPN connection can be found on the VPN Staff and VPN Student websites.
Departments are required to have at least one primary administrator and one backup administrator.
Please note: Permissions may only be set from a Windows system.
|NTFS File Permission||Allowed Access|
|Read||Users to can view files, folders, and subfolders of the parent folder. Also allows viewing folder ownership, permissions, and folder attributes.|
|Write||Users can create new files and folders within the parent folder, view folder ownership and permissions and change the folder attributes.|
|List Folder Contents||Users can view the files and subfolders contained within the folder.|
|Read & Execute||Users can navigate through all files and subfolders and perform all actions allowed by the Read and List Folder Contents permissions.|
|Modify||Users can delete the folder and perform all activities included in the Write and Read & Execute NTFS folder permissions.|
|Full Control||Users can change permissions on the folder, take ownership and perform all activities included in all other permissions.|
Piratedrive's daily backups are maintained for 14 days with three monthly backups also retained. Lost files are restored through the previous versions tab (Windows) or by following these recovery instructions.
For assistance recovering files, please submit an IT Help Desk service request that includes the location of the deleted data, the names of the folders and files and when they were deleted.
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.
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.
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.