Transferring files between Linux & Windows home directories

Accessing your Linux files from Windows

If there are files in your EWS Linux environment you'd like to use in your EWS Windows environment, you can use the WinSCP tool to copy them over.

From an EWS Windows system (either in-lab or via Remote Desktop), load the pre-installed WinSCP program. When prompted, enter the following data:

  • Host name: linux.ews.illinois.edu
  • User name: Your NetID
  • Password: Your EWS password

screen capture of WinSCP pre-login

Once connected, you'll be presented with a split-window view with your EWS Windows system on the left and the Linux files on the right.

screen capture of WinSCP post-login

In the left side of the Window, above the file and directory listings, change the "C: Local Disk" drop-down and select your "U: netid" disk.

screen capture of WinSCP changing local folder

The listing of files will refresh with your U: drive contents (your EWS Windows home directory). You can now drag/drop folders and files between sides to copy them between locations.

  • Your U:\ drive is what's mounted as My Documents in EWS Windows
  • Your U:\Desktop folder is what's presented as your Desktop in EWS WIndows
  • Your U:\Downloads folder is where the browsers save files in EWS Windows

screen capture of WinSCP and Windows Explorer after copying a file

Accessing your Windows files from Linux

Open the terminal and type the command:

"cd/winhome/<YourNetID>”

This will mount your Windows home directory.  You can now either continue to navigate the contents of your directory through the terminal or you may use the Gnome file browser to navigate to /winhome/<YourNetID> to browse graphically.  You can now copy files over with your preferred method.

See the following user-guide for instructions on how to use the ews-restore command: How do I restore a lost/deleted/corrupt file?

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