Data storage and backups

Information Management and Technology provides a networked data storage facility, designed to store and protect data for all students, faculty and staff at LSE. We automatically back up our servers providing H: space and U: drive (personal web page) data to enable the recovery of data in case files are accidentally deleted.

Please use network storage where possible. We strongly recommend you do not store any documents or data on your local computer drives as these are not backed up.

H: space

We allocate a quota of personal file space on the network to students and staff, referred to as your H: space. You automatically connect to your H: space each time you log on. It is a secure and safe place to store your files; our data backup regime enables you to retrieve accidentally deleted files for up to one month. H: space is available off-campus via remote desktop and VPN and can be increased on request. For more information, see our file storage and H: space online guides and FAQs|.


Departmental storage areas

Academic and Admin departments have access to additional shared file space on the network for their area of department. A standard amount is allocated for free and we can also provide additional space at a cost. Access to departmental storage is available off-campus via VPN; however it is not currently accessible via remote desktop.


File Restore

We can restore individual files up to 30 days following accidental deletion. Data backups occur overnight so we are unable to restore files created and deleted on the same day. If you need this service, please inform the IT Service Desk| of the full file name, where you saved it and the date it was last available. Please note, additional storage area may not be backed up as regularly as above.