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Faculty and Student Backup

The below information is only for faculty and students.  Faculty should back up to and students should back up to

Staff should instead follow the directions linked here.

How can I backup my files to a network server or, how do I use SFTP?

In Mac OSX?

We recommend Fetch, which the college has an educational site license for. Download the Fetch.dmg file from, and then double-click this file to unpack the Fetch application. Then drag Fetch into your Applications folder.

Start Fetch and choose File>New Connection... from the menu. Enter if you are a student or if you are faculty as the Hostname: and your Simon's Rock user name as the Username:. Set the Connect Using: drop down menu to SFTP, and enter your password in the Password: box. Then click Connect to make the connection to pandora (or hope). The Fetch window will show all your files on pandora (or hope). Open a Finder window to see files on your Mac, and drag them into the Fetch window to move them to the remote server.

Or, you can do it from the terminal, if you want to be hard core about it. The Terminal application is located in the Utilities folder in Applications. For example, to sftp to pandora, open the Terminal application and type sftp Once connected, type ls to list your files. Use get to download a file, put to upload a file, and quit to close the connection and exit sftp. Type man sftp in the terminal for more help.

In Windows?

We recommend installing SSH for Windows which is available on the ITS Useful Software webpage in the windows/internet_email directory. Download and run this file. You should now have two new icons on your desktop: SSH Secure Shell Client and SSH Secure File Transfer.

To transfer files click on the SSH Secure File Transfer icon. Click Quick connect. Enter the computer you would like to transfer files to in the Host Name box. (For example, if you are a student, or if you are faculty). Type in your user name and click Connect. Enter your password and then OK.

Once connected, you will be able to see the files from your local machine on the left and the network on the right. To transfer files from your computer to the network, you can click on the upload tool button (that looks an arrow pointing up) or go up to the operation menu and click on upload. Find the file you wish to transfer in the window that opens and click on it, and then click upload. You may also just drag it from your computer on the left to the remote server on the right.

Note that the file windows show several columns of information about each file, e.g. name, type, modification date--you may need to enlarge the window to see all of these columns. Click the small button labeling a column sort your files by that item. Thus, click modified to sort files by the date they were last changed. This lets you find your most recent files for backup.

To transfer a file from another computer to your hard drive, click on the file you want to download and then the download button (down arrow) on the tool bar. A window will then pop up where you can choose where on your hard drive you'd like the file to be placed. Again, you can also simply drag it across.

To end the connection, select Disconnect from the File menu.