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FTP Through Windows


PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 4, 2007, NC State University no longer allows FTP access to ftp.ncsu.edu. These directions no longer apply to accessing NCSU file space. However, you may still use WS_FTP to access resources off campus. To access NC State resources, including your K drive, please use a program that allows secure access, such as WinSCP.


Windows Explorer is the tool you use when you open My Computer or My Network Places. Windows Explorer is tightly integrated with Internet Explorer and the transition from a local location is often seamless with a network location.

Opening an FTP site is simple with Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer (the procedure is exactly the same).

Open Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer:

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Now to type in the address of the FTP server. We are using FTP instead of HTTP, so you will need to type in ftp://nameofserver

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Here you only see what is hosted to the public. To login, right click the screen and click "Login As". Alternatively, you may specify your login ID when typing the address in as ftp://loginname@nameofserver. You can go a step even further and put your password in at this time, with a link like ftp://loginname:yourpassword@nameofserver. We don't recommend this because anyone can read your password this way.

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If you chose to click "Login As" you now need to type in your login name and password and now you may click and drag files between your computer and the remote filespace.

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Still have Problems or Questions?

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