One possible way to store data that can be accessed from different
computers is to upload your files onto your web space. When you became
a student at USC, you were given an email address, and also allotted a
certain amount of web space on USC's "aludra" server (your UNIX
account). You can access that space using an FTP client. The FTP
client provided by USC for Windows operating systems is CoreFTP.
*If you have trouble accessing this space, you may need to go to the following website to activate your Student Computer Account (SCF) through Information Technology Services.Details for how to do this may be found at the following page:
Uploading files to your web space can be done easily using the "CoreFTP" program. Check to see if this program is on your computer. If you are on a USC computer, CoreFTP can be found by using the LabLaunch taskbar. A shortcut to the program is available under "Internet Tools."
If you are on your personal computer and you have the program, you can most likely find it by clicking your "Start" icon on the windows taskbar. Look under "Program," then "Internet tools."
If you do not appear to have the program installed on your computer, you can download it from the following USC website:
Choose the correct operating system and follow the instructions for download and installation.
Once you have opened the CoreFTP program, you should see a window that looks like this:
The boxes should be filled in as follows:
Host / IP / URL: aludra.usc.edu
Username: This is your USC username, the same one you enter when you log into your USC email account
Password: This is the same password you enter when you log into your USC email account
You log in by clicking "Connect."
Step 2 - Moving Files to the server from your computer using CoreFTP:
CoreFTP allows you to move files from your computer to the server, and then from the server back to your computer. Once you're logged in, the CoreFTP window should look something like this:
The left-hand side shows you directories on your computer. By
default you will see the contents of your C: drive. The right-hand
side shows you the directories for the website. The directories for
the website are relatively easy to navigate.
To move a file from your computer to the server, you will want to first find the file that is stored on your computer. For purposes of this example, we will be trying to move the "test.doc" file onto the server.
Once you've found the file you'd like to move, click it once to highlight it, then click the arrow I've indicated in the picture below. This will copy the file from your computer onto the server.
The file will be copied to your account on the server.
The process of moving files from the server back to your computer is
pretty much the same as when you were moving files from the server to
We uploaded the "test.doc" file from a computer onto the server. Now, let's pretend we're ready to download it from the server onto a computer.
Double check to make sure that you're pointed to the correct directories on both the right-hand and left-hand sides of the screen.
Log in and everything, just as you did earlier. From the right hand side of the screen, find the file that you uploaded onto the server and select it by clicking it once. Copy the file from the server to your computer by clicking the arrow I've indicated in the picture below.
The file should upload without problem and be visible on the directory on the left-hand side of the screen, which corresponds with your computer. Double-check that the file transfer occurred by looking for the file at the destination where you uploaded it.
Step 4 - Victory!
You should have successfully uploaded or downloaded the file you intended. Close down pertinent programs, and give yourself a pat on the back.
If there are several files you need to move from place to place, you can select multiple files at a time by holding down the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard. Using the "Shift" key will allow you to select multiple consecutive items.
CoreFTP also allows you to work with folders, which is convenient if you have saved all the work you need in a particular folder. Just be careful that the size of the folder isn't outrageous.