• On-campus Science Computing offices are *open* with limited core hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Please contact a Science Computing representative for an appointment.
      • Due to reduced staffing, walk-ins may be disappointed.
      • Virtual support is still available at the above contacts or via Teams.
  • In-person access to the student computing labs (Nexus labs) is not currently available.

R: drive: Mapping your on-campus staff share

What is the R: drive?

The R: drive is a filespace that allows for on-campus departments to house folders with content shared amongst a custom user list. R: drive folders are generally only for staff use and are created for Science staff upon request to Science Computing.

How to request an R: drive folder

To request an R: drive folder please contact anyone in Science Computing. The Science Computing Helpdesk is a good place to start.

How to map your R: drive folder

Nexus Workstations

On Nexus workstations, if you have access to an R: drive folder, the R: drive should be mapped for you automatically. You will have to find your folder on the list. 

If the R: drive does not map automatically, or if you would like a mapping that goes straight to a particular folder, you can map your R: drive folder by hand using the instructions below.

To map your R: drive folder from off-campus or wireless on-campus, you will need to install and connect to the Campus VPN.

You will then be able to map your R: drive folder using these instructions:

Windows users

  • Open "File Explorer" and highlight “This PC” from the left menu.
  • At the top of the window, from the "Computer" tab select “Map network drive.”
    • Select the drive letter from the drop-down menu (R: is recommended for simplicity, however, any letter will work.)
    • In the "Folder" field enter: \\filed.uwaterloo.ca\science$
    • There will be two check boxes:
      • "Reconnect at sign-in": If this box is not checked the R: Drive will have to be mapped everytime the computer is rebooted.
      • "Connect using different credentials": If this box is checked, credentials other than the default ones can be used. If you are not using a Nexus machine, check this box as it will not work otherwise.
    • When prompted enter your network credentials:
      • Username: yourWatIAMuserid@uwaterloo.ca
      • Password: yourWatIAM password
      • Optionally select "Remember my credentials" if you don’t want to have to enter your credentials every time you access the folder after a reboot.
      • Click "OK."

Mac users:

  • From the “Go” menu, select “Connect to server.”
  • smb: //fileD.uwaterloo.ca/science$ 
  • Enter your network credentials:
    • Username: yourWatIAMuserid@uwaterloo.ca
    • Password: yourWatIAM password
    • Optionally select "Remember my credentials" if you don’t want to have to enter your credentials every time you access the folder after a reboot.
  • Click "OK."

Issues or concerns?

Please contact the Science Computing Helpdesk.