CRSP for Faculty and Researchers

How to do the most common things in CRSP

Directly link to CRSP website.

1. How to get an account

I’m a researcher on campus

if you are a ladder-rank faculty or have an exception granted to act as PI on federal grants by UCI Office of research, your account should be pre-created. If you still do not have access, please send a request to

I’m a student/postdoc

Your PI should send a request to and include your UCNetID and if your space should be limited. PI may combine multiple requests in a single email.

I’m a researcher and I want access to my colleague's lab

Your colleague must send a request to and ask for access for you to their lab.

I’m a researcher and I want colleagues outside of UCI to have access

You must first sponsor a UCNetID through OIT, then send a request to to grant access.

2. Space Owners and Granted Access

Storage space on CRSP has the concept of a space owner who can grant access to their LAB spaces for students, postdocs, and other faculty members.

  1. Space Owners
  2. Those who are granted access
    • Can be anyone with a UCNetID
    • Can access the space to which they have been granted access
    • Can store files in the granted LAB area
    • Can store files in the granted HOME area if they are also space owners

In Sharing Guide , access controls and sharing in LAB areas are explained in detail. The key points:

  • The space owner (e.g., faculty PI) is a "root" user and by default has read access to every file/directory in the lab
  • Those granted access (e.g., student) have a directory/folder created for them under their UCNetID. Files stored here are viewed only by PI and the student.
  • A directory/folder called share is available where all members of the lab (.e.g., faculty and students can read/write all files stored here
  • Only the PI has the ability to create files or new folders in the top-level of the folder. Those folders are readable by everyone in the lab.

3. Access your CRSP storage

You can access your granted CRSP storage from Windows, MAC, and Linux systems.

All access to CRSP Requires that the client system (e.g., laptop) is connected to the UCINet production network or the campus VPN (virtual private network).

For accessing CRSP storage from Windows and Mac systems, a commercial software WebDrive is provided by RCIC. Follow the links below to install or setup your CRSP access:

Although CRSP storage system could be accessed via other commercial or opensource software (i.e. FileZilla for Windows, CyberDuck for MAC), WebDrive is the currently supported SFTP based software. Other software support is provided only on a best effort basis.
Consult our Troubleshooting Guide if you have trouble accessing your CRSP shares.

4. Deleted Files Recovery

Mistakes happen and a common one is an unintentional deletion. In many cases, but not all, users can retrieve a previous copy of the file. CRSP uses file system snapshots to create read-only copies of user data at specific points in time.

  • Currently, CRSP snapshots the file system every 12 hours and retains snapshots for 1 week.
  • If the file you just deleted was created prior to the most-recent snapshot, you can get a copy of the file as it was when the snapshot was created. Any changes made after the most recent snapshot are lost.
  • If you wait longer than 7 days to recover a deleted file, it is gone forever.