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Research Data Storage Service

The Research Data Storage Service is the University’s central storage platform made available to participating University Schools and departments. This storage should be considered when dealing with regulated data and can be used for secondary data copy requirements for grant fulfillment. It includes two storage zones based on data regulation guidelines:

Once storage has been allocated, campus researchers will access the service by mapping a network drive to the provisioned share.


Features and Benefits

*You must be on the Northwestern University computer network to access the Research Data Storage Service share drive. If accessing the share remotely, Northwestern VPN is also required.

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The annual cost is $137.00 per 1 TB of storage with the option to pre-pay for storage up to 5 years in advance. New orders will be pro-rated based on the date of purchase. See the table below:

Data Storage Activation Date Price

Month/Period Activated Cost/TB
September 1 - November 30 $137.00
December 1 - February 28 $102.75
March 1 - May 31 $68.50
June 1 - August 31 $34.25

How to Request Service

To request a data storage share, please complete the Research Data Storage Service Request form. The primary and secondary contact will serve as administrators on the storage share. The primary and secondary contacts must have a Northwestern University MS-Exchange email account to be able to manage The Self-Service Group Management Tool. If an exchange account is needed, please contact the IT Support Center.

The request form requires a valid University Chart of Accounts String. Participants must acknowledge that they have read and understand the Purchase of Central Research Data Storage Resources for Research SupportPDF.

If automated archival of data is desired, please email to request a consultation.

Within five days of requesting service, Northwestern Information Technology (IT) will email instructions on how to access the shared network and manage user access permissions.

Every August, Northwestern IT will send the primary contact an email reminder that their Chart of Accounts String will be charged beginning September 1, unless the allocation is canceled. Participants who wish to discontinue service, must notify by August 31 of each year. Data in discontinued storage allocations will not be retained by Northwestern IT.

***For Feinberg Researchers Only***
To request storage, visit the Storage Options web page. The Feinberg IT Infrastructure group will consult with the individual making the request for storage and will recommend the preferred option for the specific storage needs. Questions about storage can be addressed to Please note that the FSM storage is not mountable on Quest.

Additional Information and Documentation

Last Updated: 22 June 2022

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