Piratedrive Storage Support


An ITCS technician will respond to support requests during regular operating hours.

 Phone: 252-328-9866 / 800-340-7081

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Piratedrive network-attached storage is a secure, password-protected folder with daily backups and availability on or off campus. Piratedrive is approved for storage of sensitive ECU information, such as FERPA or research data. Some departments have a Piratedrive folder as a central location for department information. Permissions to access department folders are controlled by the department.

All devices can access Piratedrive through PiratePort both on and off campus. Users can also access a Piratedrive folder off campus when connected to the ECU virtual private network (VPN).

All activities using Piratedrive must conform to the ECU Academic Computer Use Policy and the University Student and Employee Computer Use Regulation. Visit the About Piratedrive page to learn more.

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Faculty, Staff, Students

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Piratedrive is approved for storing both sensitive and non-sensitive ECU information. Department folders require one primary and one backup administrator who manage data and user access/permissions.

Drive “U” or Mapped Drive

On-campus laptops and desktops logged in to the INTRA domain see a mapped “U” drive. Upload, download or open files from within this drive.

Users can map a drive to a department folder on a Windows or Mac laptop. See the resources for instructions.

PiratePort Web Portal

Log in to the PiratePort web portal and click the piratedrive app from any device on or off campus.

Mac OS X – Finder

  1. Go > Connect to Server (Apple + K on the keyboard)
  2. Type this address: smb://Piratedrive/HOME
  3. At the login prompt enter the following:
    • Workgroup/Domain = INTRA
    • Username = PirateID
    • Password = Passphrase

FTP Program

Using a file transfer protocol (FTP) program like FileZilla or Fetch, drag and drop files between Piratedrive and your computer.


  1. Host = piratedrive.intra.ecu.edu
  2. Username = intra\YOUR PIRATEID (example: intra\washingtong)
  3. Connect using = FTP

SFTP is also supported on Piratedrive. Settings are the same as above but should read, “SFTP.”

Virtual Private Network

When off campus, access Piratedrive through the ECU VPN, See the VPN page for more information.

Related Policies and Guidelines

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Share and Collaborate

Share your files with colleagues and project members in two ways. Note that there is no way at this time to share files using PiratePort.

“U” Drive (Personal Folder) or Mapped Drive (Department Folder)

For both personal and department folders, the folder owner/administrator right-clicks the drive and selects, Properties, then Security. Add users and set permissions such as full control or read only. Between ECU users only.


There are no fees associated with this service.

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Service ID: 11519
Mon 1/11/16 9:48 AM
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Enterprise Storage