Home Drive (Bonsai) for Faculty & Staff FAQ

If you have any questions that are not answered below please contact the ITS Solution Center.

How do I access my Home Drive?

Home drives can be access from anywhere you have a valid internet connection that allows VPN. Please see our Learning Resource Connecting to your Home Drive for Faculty and Staff - Bonsai for further instructions.

Is the data on my Home Drive backed up?

Yes, your Home Drive is backed up on a daily basis.
Backups are available for forty two days. For information on how to restore documents or files please see our Learning Resource Restore Files From Your Network Drives.

How do I recover a file or document that was deleted?

Please see our Learning Resource Restore Files From Network Drives.

How much storage do I get?

Each user receives 12 Gigabytes (GB) of space.

Can I get more than 12 GB of storage?

ITS currently doesn't allow more than 12 GB of storage.

Can I give other users access to my home drive?

No, the home drive is designed for individual use only. If you need to give other users access to you data, consider storing your data on NAUShares.

Who has access to by home drive?

You are the only individual who has access to your data. There are other administrative and system accounts that require access to your data for backup and virus protection.

How long after I've left the university will I be able to retrieve my data?

Faculty data is kept for a year and all user types will be kept for six months. You must contact the ITS Solution Center.

Is there a way to access my files if i don't have an internet connection?

There is a way you can make your bonsai drive available when you are offline but it has to be setup while you are still online. If you are interested in finding out more about this option please contact the ITS Solution Center.

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Related Services

Not available to students Available to facultyAvailable to staff

ITS offers centralized home drives to individuals with NAU domain accounts including all facutly, staff and student employees with SW accounts.  

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Training & Documentation


This Learning Resource provides step-by-step instuctions for connecting to Home Drives For Faculty & Staff - Bonsai


How to restore files and documents on Home Drives for Faculty & Staff, and how to restore files and documents on NAUShares.


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