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ACCESSING FILES ON YOUR NETWORK DRIVE


Whether you're working off-campus or in a Smith residence house, it's easy to transfer files between the hard drive of your computer and your network drive - your H: drive on a PC or Home directory on a Mac.

All you need is an Internet connection and free secure file transfer software such as Core FTP LE for Windows or Fetch or Fugu for Macintosh.

Obtaining free file transfer software
Secure file transfer using Core FTP LE for Windows

Secure file transfer using Fetch for Mac
Secure file transfer using Fugu for Mac

IMPORTANT note for Mac users: The background identity of ftpsmith.smith.edu has recently changed. Core FTP detects this change and gives Windows users the chance to accept it, but unfortunately, Fetch and Fugu do not - they just fail to connect to the server. Only Fugu provides a fix, but the good news is that fixing the problem in Fugu also fixes it for Fetch. Here's how:

In the Fugu Preferences window, click on the Known Hosts button and select the current entry for ftpsmith.smith.edu. Click Delete, then Save, and you're all set.

Troubleshooting login problems



Obtaining Free File Transfer Software

To download a free copy of Core FTP Lite:

  1. Go to: http://www.coreftp.com/

  2. When the Free FTP client software for Windows page appears, click on the words "Download Core FTP now!"

  3. On the Download options page, under Core FTP LE 2.1 : free version, click on the download.com link to launch the download.

  4. In the File Download window, click Run.

  5. If you see a Security Warning window, click Run.

  6. In the Core FTP LE 2.1 Installation window, keep clicking Next on each page to accept the default settings.  On the last page, click Finish.

  7. The Installer window will close automatically, and you should now see a new Core FTP Lite icon on your desktop. Double-click on the icon to launch the program.


To download a free copy of SSH Secure File Transfer for Windows, Fugu for Macintosh, or Fetch for Macintosh, go to the Smith software download page.

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Network File Transfer Using Core FTP LE for Windows

Note that transferring a file is really placing a copy of the file in a different location. The original file stays in its starting location.

  1. Open Core FTP.

  2. In the Site Manager window:

    1. For Site Name, enter a name of your choosing (e.g., H drive).

    2. For Host/IP/URL, enter: ftpsmith.smith.edu

    3. For Username, enter your Novell username.

    4. For Password, enter your Novell password.

    5. In the Connection menu, select SSH/SFTP, then click Connect.

  3. The main Core FTP window will open, showing the contents of your hard drive (C:) in the left pane, and your home drive on the Smith network (H:) in the right pane.

  4. To copy a file from your C: drive to your H: drive:

    1. In the left pane, navigate to the file you want to transfer and select it.

      (To open a folder, double-click on it. To move up a level in the folder structure, click on the up-arrow-inside-a-folder icon above the list of file names.)

    2. In the right pane, open the folder on your H: drive where you want to copy the file.

    3. In the left pane, click on the blue right-pointing arrow to copy the selected file to your H: drive.

  5. To copy a file from your H: drive to your C: drive:

    1. In the right pane, navigate to the file you want to transfer and select it.

      (To open a folder, double-click on it. To move up a level in the folder structure, click on the up-arrow-inside-a-folder icon above the list of file names.)

    2. In the left pane, open the folder on your C: drive where you want to copy the file.

    3. In the right pane, click on the blue left-pointing arrow to copy the selected file to your C: drive.

  6. When you're finished transferring files, close the Core FTP window.

For information about additional Core FTP functions, see Using Core FTP.

If you prefer to use SSH Secure File Transfer, use the same login settings described above. For more information about using SSH/SFTP, click here.

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Network File Transfer Using Fetch for Macintosh

The directions below use a program called Fetch. This application is already installed on FCAP computers, and is available for download on the Smith Software Downloads page. For instructions on installing Fetch, visit the Using Fetch page.

Part 1. Connecting to the Smith Network

  1. Launch Fetch.

  2. A New Connection dialog box will appear.

  3. In the Hostname field, enter: ftpsmith.smith.edu

    New Connection

  4. In the Username field, enter your Novell Network username.

    If you cannot login using only your username, try the following:

    • Students: Enter your Smith username and alphabetical range, following this format: .username.[alphabetical range].stu.ac.sc

      Example: .ajones.a-d.stu.ac.sc

    • Faculty/Staff: Enter a period, followed by your username, followed by your Novell network context.

      Example: .ajones.div1.fac.ac.sc

      (If you are unsure of your network context, contact the User Support Center at x4487.)

  5. IMPORTANT! From the Connect using menu, select: SFTP

  6. In the Password field, enter your Novell password.

  7. Click Connect.

  8. A dialog box showing the contents of your Home Directory will appear, as shown below. Your username should be across the top of the window.

Connection Window


Part 2. Transferring files from your local hard drive to your Home directory

  1. Click on the Put File button.

  2. A dialog box for browsing will appear showing the contents of your desktop. Find and select the file you wish to copy to your Home Directory.

  3. The filename will appear in the Put as field.

  4. Fetch will automatically select the proper file format and copy the file to your Home directory.  Click on the Put button.
Note: If you receive a "Permission denied" error, shorten your filename to eight characters or less in the Put File window, then click OK.


Part 3. Transferring files from your Home directory to your local hard drive
  1. Select the file from your Home directory by clicking on it once.

  2. Click on the Get button.  Files will automatically be downloaded to your Desktop. (To change this setting, click on the Fetch menu and choose Preferences. Click on the Downloads tab.)

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Network File Transfer Using Fugu for Mac OS X

The directions below use a program called Fugu. This application is already installed on FCAP computers, and is available for download on the Smith software download page.

  1. Launch Fugu.

  2. A New Connection window will appear.

  3. In the Connect to field, enter: ftpsmith.smith.edu

  4. In the Username field, enter your Novell username.

    If you cannot login using just your username, try the following:

    • Students: Enter your Smith username and alphabetical range, following this format: .username.[alphabetical range].stu.ac.sc

      Example: .ajones.a-d.stu.ac.sc

    • Staff/Faculty: Enter a period, followed by your username, followed by your Novell network context.

      Example: .ajones.div1.fac.ac.sc

      (If you are unsure of your network context, contact the User Support Center at x4487.)

  5. Click Connect.

  6. In the Password field, enter your Novell password and click Authenticate.

  7. A window showing the contents of your Home Directory on the right and your local computer on the left will appear. Your username should be across the top of the window.

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Troubleshooting Login Problems

If the file transfer program you're using doesn't let you see your Home directory:
  • In the Username field, be sure to include the period (.) before your username and the correct context for your account.

  • In the Password field, enter your Novell network password.

  • Core FTP and Fetch users, be sure to choose SFTP as your connection method.
Note: If you have never logged into your Novell account and changed your password from the initial one you were given, you are allowed only 4 grace logins before your account is temporarily disabled. This means that you'll be able to use the FTP process 4 times, then it will stop working without explanation.

To avoid this problem, log on to the network in an office or resource center using your initial password before you begin using FTP. When you see a message that says you have only a few grace logins left and asks whether you want to change your password now, click Yes and proceed to reset your password.

For more information about transferring files, see other File Transfer documents on TARA, or contact the User Support Center at x4487.

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