Data storage

By storing documents and data centrally, you can access your data anywhere. You can store your data in the cloud via OneDrive or SURFdrive. For researchers there is the data storage service Research Drive.

Your HvA account gives you access to OneDrive. OneDrive is your personal file storage in the cloud and, in combination with Microsoft Teams, enables secure online file collaboration.

OneDrive allows you to:

  • Store your files such as documents, videos and presentations in the cloud; you have 1 terabyte (or 1024 gigabytes) of storage.
  • Access your files anytime, anywhere - on your phone, tablet, laptop, or PC.
  • Share and work on your files with colleagues, students and externals at the same time.
  • Do you ever consult through Microsoft Teams? With OneDrive, you can share files via chat.


This is a data storage service for researchers developed by SURF. This cloud-based data storage environment offers a place where you can safely store your research data.

This is how it works:

  • You request spacious and flexible storage space for each research area.
  • You can easily cooperate with researchers and students both inside and outside the AUAS.
  • Group management is simple, as Research Drive has a clear structure in groups.
  • In Research Drive, files are encrypted by default. Access is secured by means of two-factor authentication. Additional encryption is applied for highly sensitive data.
  • Integration with other systems, tools and research platforms is another advantage.
  • There are no costs for the researcher.

Getting started with Research Drive

Please note: ICT Services recommends using OneDrive for storing files. If you want to switch from SURFdrive to OneDrive, you need to move your files. The manual below explains how to do this.

Manual Moving your personal files from SURFdrive to OneDrive

Securely store and share files in SURFdrive

SURFdrive is a personal cloud storage service for the Dutch higher education and research community, offering staff and researchers an easy way to store and share files Each staff member has 500GB of storage space via SURFdrive. Because SURFdrive comes under Dutch and European jurisdiction, your data stored on it are secure.

Published by  ICT Services 2 March 2022