What is my career account home directory?


All Purdue students, faculty, and staff automatically receive network storage space, referred to as a career account home directory, with 25 GB of storage.

Home directories are automatically available on all Purdue IT lab computers, and can be accessed from personal computers.  NOTE:  You may need to connect to the VPN if you are off-campus.  Follow these instructions to connect to the VPN:  How do I connect to the Purdue VPN?


To connect to your home directory, please see one of the articles below.

Windows PC

NOTE:  If your PC is supported by a Purdue IT department, this drive may already be mapped for you. Please check with your local IT support before proceeding with the steps below.

Instructions for mapping to a network drive in Microsoft Windows can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4026635/windows-map-a-network-drive

The path to your Purdue Career account storage is: 

  • \\nas01.itap.purdue.edu\puhome

When prompted for a Username and Password:

  1. Enter "boilerad\username" without quotes, and where username is your Purdue career account username 
  2. In the 'Password' field, enter your Purdue career account password
  3. Click OK


Instructions for mapping to a network drive in Apple macOS can be found at https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/connect-mac-shared-computers-servers-mchlp1140/mac.  However, you will not be able to browse for the computer or server.  Please choose the option to connect by entering an address and use the information below.

The path to your Purdue Career account storage is:

  • afp://afp.itap.purdue.edu/home
    NOTE: Try alternate path below if you're having a connection issue

When prompted for a Name and Password:

  1. Enter your Purdue career account username where it requests Name 
  2. In the Password field, enter your Purdue career account password
  3. Click Connect

It is possible to map using the Windows file sharing protocol (SMB), but it is not as consistent as the above instructions.  If you choose to take this route, the path is smb://nas01.itap.purdue.edu/puhome and follow the instructions for Windows machines above.


Due to the variety of versions and environments available,  it is not practical to list all of available ways to map a network drive.

However, for user with Samba packages installed, the following command should work reliably across most common environments: $ smbclient -W boilerad -U <CA username> //nas01.itap.purdue.edu/puhome

If you have other questions about Linux devices and your home directory, click the 'Purdue IT Request' button to start a ticket. 

Still need help?  Click the 'Purdue IT Request' button to start a ticket.

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