File Storage & Sharing


There are several different options for file storage and sharing.  These include:

X Drive

The "X" drive is a central file service provided by the University to all students, faculty, and staff.  

The "X" drive, also known as PASS, is an option for file storage.  A connection is made to this location from your office or classroom.  The major advantage to this location is that you can save files up to 10 GB.  To expand your allocation, visit PSU’s Work site.  To learn more about PASS, visit Penn State Access Account Storage Space (PASS).


We suggest that students increase their “X” drive allocation AND change their default storage location to their "X" drive (also known as PASS space).  Links and/or instructions are provided below.

Increase the Storage Allocation of the X Drive

Although the "X" drive space starts with only 500 MB of storage, it can be increased to as much as 10 GB.  To increase the storage space, visit the PSU Work site.

Manage Your X Drive

It's suggested that you use WebFiles, a web-based application that makes it easy to access and to manage the files on your "U" and "X" Drives.  Instructions are available which explain how to manage files, edit documents, and integrate with other external file sharing services, such as Dropbox, Flickr, and others.


OneDrive is cloud-based storage which is part of the Office 365 suite of applications.  OneDrive provides 1 TB of file storage and makes it easy to share documents, photos, and projects with organizations or people both within and outside of the University.

Google Drive

Google Drive is another cloud storage option that is part of the Google Suite for Education at Penn State.  Google Drive provides storage space that allows you to share files with others.