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Home Directory Service

An Introduction to the Home Directory Service

Home Directory allows all UVa faculty, staff, and students to store files online and access them from any computer connected to the UVa network, whether on- or off-Grounds. This page describes the features and advantages of using the Home Directory Service (HDS) and how to get started using the HDS.

Features & Advantages of Using Home Directory

  • Convenient online file storage — You can save, store, and access up to 4 Gigabytes (GB) of files on a central file service. This eliminates the need for storage media like CDs and flash drives, since files stored on the Home Directory Service are accessible from anywhere.
  • Backup copies of your documentsWithin certain time limits, files are safe in case of hardware failure. If your personal files are saved to the Home Directory Service and the hard disk on your computer crashes, copies of your work captured when the HDS is backed up daily will be available for at least a week (sometimes longer). (Note: Unfortunately, if you create a new file and delete it before any backup happens, the file is irretrievably lost.)
  • Easy Web publishing — Home Directory allows you to publish and manage webpages. Your personal webpage URL is: (where YourID is your UVa computing ID (e.g., mst3k).)

Getting Started with Home Directory

In order to use the Home Directory service, you must have:

  1. An Eservices account (automatically created for faculty, staff, and students when they join the UVa community). It includes access to storage space on the HDS. To find out if you have an account, type your UVa Computing ID here:

    If you do not have an account, go to the Accounts page and create an Eservices account, which also gives you access to the Home Directory Service.
  2. To create, activate or change the password on your Eservices account, use the Eservices account management site.

Once you have the required account, you can access the Home Directory from any computer connected to the UVa network via:

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