How do I access my AFS space (H drive)?

The AFS service is being decomissioned on November 13, 2018. Please go to for more information.


How do I access my AFS space (H drive)?


AFS space is available to you on the UNC-CH campus network. Before you can access AFS on your computer, make sure that you have subscribed to the ISIS ( service. To do so, go to and click on Subscribe to Services. You will need a valid Onyen and Onyen password.

The AFS service is being deprecated, if you need to access your files in AFS and you do not already have the OpenAFS client installed on your computer, please use SFTP to retrieve the files. If you only need to download the contents of your AFS home directory, go to Please go to for more information.

To access your AFS space, you will need to install and configure either the OpenAFS client or an SFTP program such as SSH Secure Shell, both of which can downloaded from

For instructions for accessing your AFS space using SSH Secure Shell, please see this help document. For instructions for accessing your AFS space using OpenAFS, please see this help document.

Once the OpenAFS client is configured, you will be able to access your AFS space via the H: drive on your computer by opening the My Computer icon. You can upload files to your personal webspace by placing them in the “public_html” folder on the H: drive. You can also store important files such as papers on the H: drive as well, by putting them in either your “private” or “public” folders.

Your AFS space is a safe and convenient location to store your documents, because it is backed up every night and because you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection by using the OpenAFS client or Secure Shell. Please note however that use of the OpenAFS client is only supported on campus. You can use it off-campus, but if you run into problems, the ITS Response Center may not be able to help.

For information on other ways to backup data please see FAQs: How do I backup data to a USB Memory Key? and How do I Backup Data to a CD or DVD? ; or see article Data Backup Solutions.