Data Transfer

IMPORTANT: Deliverable data will be deleted from our systems 60 days after it is made available to download.

UWBC provides multiple options to download deliverable data.

  • Please use a WIRED connection to transfer large amounts of data.
  • Make sure you have enough hard drive (or ResearchDrive) space to hold the data.


Globus Collection Links: External Users, Internal Users

Globus is the preferred method for transferring data. View our Globus tutorial for a step-by-step written or video guide to transfer your data. Find more information on how Globus is different than our standard download here.

Click here to find & manage your Globus Identities.


UW-Madison PIs can sign up for ResearchDrive, a highly reliable storage system that provides 25 TB of free storage. We can deliver your data to ResearchDrive/RestrictedDrive storage, making it unnecessary for you to download it from our servers. If a PI has BOTH ResearchDrive and RestrictedDrive we will deliver to the “regular” ResearchDrive unless otherwise requested. You can also use ResearchDrive to share data with your collaborators. The DOIT researchdrive has instructions for connecting to researchdrive from you computer.

Support for setting up ResearchDrive and connecting it to UWBC is provided by DoIT. Please direct any support questions to them.

Once you have signed up DoIT will provision the storage and we will begin delivering data to your UWBC-dropbox folder. Data is delivered every night. If your data set is very large you may find that it’s delivered in stages over several days. After delivery we will check the integrity of the file transfer and then move the data on the UWBC storage to a SYNCED_* folder so that we won’t attempt to sync data again. We do this so that you can freely move the data to other storage or re-name files as you see fit.

CAUTION: Do NOT rename or move the UWBC-dropbox folder. This will break the connection to UWBC.


SFTP is available to on-campus users only. You can login to using your NetID.

It is recommended that you use an SFTP client like WinSCP or Cyberduck to transfer files.