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File Access Service (FAS)

Retirement of FAS storage for students
File Access Storage (FAS)service for students will be retiring on December 23, 2021. The University will continue to accommodate file storage service for students on Google Drive with unlimited storage and Microsoft OneDrive with 5TB (5,000GB) of storage. Instructions on how to copy course materials and other saved data from FAS to either Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive.
Undergraduate students receive a free Google Apps account, which includes Google Drive with unlimited storage. For more information, go to https://google.info.yorku.ca/
Undergraduate and Graduate students also receive a free Microsoft O365account, which includes OneDrive with 5 TB of storage. For more information, go to https://uit.yorku.ca/student-services/software/free-microsoft-office-365-education-software/.

Details leading up to the sunsetting of FAS:
September 1, 2021:
Saved course materials and other saved documents will continue to be accessible as read only. Students will not be able to save new documents on FAS after September 1, 2021. New documents should be saved to either Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.
December 24, 2021:
As of this date FAS storage for students will be fully retired and will no longer be available. Data on the F: drive will be deleted and will not be recoverable.

File Access Service (FAS) is a file share service for students at York University. A Passport York account is required to authenticate and access a FAS share. FAS - File Access Service allows students access to campus computers at libraries and labs.

FAS has dedicated storage allocation to accommodate various academic purposes such as:

  • Share course materials with students
  • Data repository for academic research

The service runs on premise, in York University datacenters which are secure, highly availability, reliable and resilient.

Service Costs

There is no service fee for students to use FAS.

Requirements

Authentication to the service requires a Passport York account

Supported client operating systems:

  • Mac OS X, 10.13 and higher
  • Microsoft Windows 10

How do I get it?

Students automatically receive 1 GB of storage space to store personal files for academic purposes. When students log in to a student lab computer or public kiosk computer, the FAS allocation shows up as F: drive under ‘My Computer’.

FAQs

How do I access FAS remotely, off campus?
You can access FAS remotely using MyApps

How do I recover an older copy of a folder or file?
You can personally recover an old copy of a folder or file up to 30 days old

What other free storage options do I have if the FAS allocation is not enough?
Undergraduate students receive a free Google Apps account, which includes Google Drive with unlimited storage. For more information, go to https://google.info.yorku.ca/

Undergraduate and Graduate students also receive a free Microsoft O365 account, which includes OneDrive with 5 TB of storage. For more information, go to https://www.yorku.ca/uit/student-services/software/free-microsoft-office-365-education-software/.

How do I copy files from FAS to Local PC, OneDrive or Google Drive?

Please see instructions (Word Document) for copying files from FAS to Local PC, OneDrive or Google Drive.

How do I get help?

Submit a service request or email askit@yorku.ca