Frequently Asked - Piratedrive

Why do we need Piratedrive?

Users need a central location to save important files. Piratedrive is also approved for sensitive information and is the official storage folder for such files rather than a cloud storage folder. To see a list of files that can be stored on Piratedrive, see the sensitive storage page.

Do I have space on Piratedrive? If so, how much?

Yes. All faculty, staff and students have a 40GB Piratedrive folder created the same time as their email account. Requests for increased space are sent through an IT service request.

Departments request Piratedrive space through an IT service request. The default limit is 50GB, which can be adjusted as needed.

What if I need more space?

Requests for additional Piratedrive space (faculty, staff, students or departments) are made to the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866/1.800.340.7081. A representative from ITCS will contact the user to discuss options.

How do I access my folder on campus and off campus?

On Campus (faculty, staff, students) - folders are designated as the "U" drive on PCs logged in to the INTRA domain. Users can map a drive to a departmental folder. Mac users are able to connect to Piratedrive through an SMB connection to access their data for both the "U" drive and departmental folders.
All users can also access Piratedrive through the Pirate Port app.
Off Campus (faculty, staff and students) - Users have access to their Piratedrive personal folders through the Pirate Port Piratedrive app or through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.

Could I store my Outlook personal folders on Piratedrive and access them through Piratemail

No, personal folders must be kept on your computer. However, a copy can be saved to Piratedrive as a back up.

How do I configure user access to my departmental Piratedrive (Department Administrators only)?

Click the Piratedrive link on the right and choose the printable file on configuring access and permissions.

Please do not remove Administrators or Domain Admins from the list.

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.

How is access removed for users who no longer require access to my departmental Piratedrive?

It is the responsibility of the department's Piratedrive administrator to remove a user when access is no longer required. Users are removed through the properties dialog box.

How can I check the space left on my drive?

On a Windows 7 PC, right-click on "Start" and choose, "Open Windows Explorer." Right-click the drive (on the left) and choose "properties." The properties dialog opens with a diagram of used and free space.

How will I know when my folder is full?

If you do not proactively monitor your disk usage, it is possible to reach your quota limit. A message displays stating that the disk is full. Files must be deleted to make room for new ones.

How do I request a department piratedrive folder?

Departments submit an IT service request. A person should be named primary administrator, and another person will be the back-up admin. The administrator is responsible for maintaining security and user permissions.

Can I install an application to run on Piratedrive?

No. Piratedrive is a file server and applications cannot be installed on it. You can, however, copy .exe files on Piratedrive which then launch on your workstation once they are double-clicked.

Can I use Piratedrive for my Web pages?

Piratedrive is not a web server nor does it have a URL for accessing via Internet Explorer or any other web browser. You can save web page files on Piratedrive, but others cannot view these files through a browser.

What happens to Piratedrive if ITCS experiences hardware problems? Is my data still going to be available?

Piratedrive is 100% redundant with automatic fail over. There is no single point of failure. As with all computer hardware, unexpected problems do occur, but access interruptions should be significantly less than with typical servers.

With so many people accessing Piratedrive, will there be any performance issues? How will file transfer time compare to a regular server?

You should not notice any performance issues even with so many users on Piratedrive. Piratedrive has ample network bandwidth to handle lots of traffic. File transfer times to/from Piratedrive may be faster than a typical Windows server. Remember, Piratedrive is designed and optimized for quick file transfer.

Why can't I use Piratedrive if I am logging into another domain?

Piratedrive is a member of the INTRA domain. In an effort to offer the best possible service and security, it is only available to users who log into INTRA.

What is my "U" drive and why does it show up every time I log into my PC?

Your "U" drive is a permanent drive mapped to your individual Piratedrive personal folder whether you are a student, faculty or staff member using a Windows PC.

What happens if I don't have a "U" drive?

First, make sure you are logging into the INTRA domain. If you log into INTRA with your domain username and do not have a "U" drive, contact the IT Help Desk at 328-9866/800.340.7081.

Can I change my "U" drive to a different letter?

No, you cannot change it to a different letter. It will always map as U upon log in to the INTRA domain.

Will my Macintosh have a "U" drive?

Since Macintosh computers do not map drives the same as a PC, there won't be a "U" drive for Mac users. Mac users are able to connect to Piratedrive through an SMB connection to access their data for both the "U" drive and departmental folders. 

How safe is my data on Piratedrive?

Piratedrive security is set up so that the "U" drive is only accessible by the owner of that folder. Nobody else can access the "U" drive data. For departmental data, the department administrator maintains security through file and folder permissions.

Is data stored on Piratedrive safe from hackers?

No computer system can prevent every hacker attack, but Piratedrive is firewall-protected, and access is only allowed to those physically or virtually connected to ECU's network. However, a compromise of your PirateID or local computer could lead to a compromise of the data on Piratedrive. The entire ECU community should follow safe computing practices both on and off campus.

What if I delete some files and realize I still need them?

See these instructions on retrieving deleted Piratedrive files.

Can I access my "U" drive through FTP?

Yes, you can access the "U" drive via FTP at Use your PirateID and passphrase for access. Once authenticated, you will be automatically routed into your personal folder and will see any files that are present.

Can I access my departmental folder through FTP?

Yes, departmental folders are accessible via FTP. Contact the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866/800.340.7081 and request assistance. Tell the technician you need assistance using FTP to access your Piratedrive departmental folder. Someone from ITCS will then contact you to provide assistance in setting up FTP to access the departmental folder.

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