RRC-CMF: File Retrieval

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File Retrieval

Upon the completion of a microscope reservation, a user has two options for exporting acquired images or data: disc burning or FTP backup. (For stability reasons, we cannot permit the use of USB-based flash or external drives as a means of transferring files from any microscope-coupled computer.)

Disc Burning


•  Stores up to 700 MB (CD) or 4.7 GB (DVD), copies within minutes
•  Users must supply own blank discs (visit nearby Scientific Supply Center for quick purchase)
•  All CD-R, CD+R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW formats acceptable
•  Discs have been estimated to function for up to ~15 years when stored in ambient conditions

FTP Backup


•  Data can be transferred to dedicated server and accessed remotely
•  Requires RRC Account registration and FileZilla FTP client tool (see below)
•  Default storage limit is 10 GB, but can be increased as needed
•  Relatively slow upload speed may not be practical for larger file sizes (>1 GB)

Step-By-Step FTP Backup Guide (via FileZilla)

1. Register for an RRC Account, which can be created for both primary account holders (e.g. - PIs) or individual users who are charged through a primary account holder. (Visit the RRC user info page for more details about user types, or proceed directly to the registration page.)

2. Notify a member of the Confocal Microscopy Facility staff about an intent to begin using RRC server space. A request will be passed along to the server administrator, and access will be granted (usually within 24 hours) to the account generated in step #1.


3. Capture images with microscope. During instrument use, save all data to the common user directory as one would do normally. (For example, D:\DATA\Home\[User's Folder])

4. On the PC desktop, double-click the FileZilla icon to load the FTP client. FileZilla is a free, open source program that can be downloaded on any platform to transfer files to a known server address.

5. When the FileZilla program opens, enter the connection details as follows:


Note that the "Host" name is always mydata.rrc.uic.edu, the "Username" (e-mail address) and "Password" are the same as those used/created in step #1, and the "Port" is left blank. Click the Quickconnect button to access the server.

6. When logging in to the server for the first time, no folders exist in the directory. New folders can be created to organize experimental data by right-clicking on the server space and selecting Create directory as shown:


7. To upload files to the server, simply drag them into the new folders in the directory. The data is now stored remotely, and all files listed are accessible only by the account holder (designated by the "Username").

8. To retrieve files on a separate computer (outside the facility), a similar FTP client must first be installed. FileZilla, which runs on any operating system, can be downloaded at the software homepage.

9. Run the FTP client (FileZilla) on the separate computer and access the directory with the same "Host," "Username," and "Password" used in step #4 above.


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