Transfer Data To and From Desktops/Laptops

There are two ways to transfer to and from desktops or laptops. Both can be used, but each is better suited to a range of numbers and sizes of files to transfer. Note that a browser is always involved via but you might have options as described below with rough recommended guidelines.

Small number of files or small sizes downloaded or uploaded:

Uploads – Once you have navigated to the remote storage Collection directory structure and it supports a direct browser upload you see an “Upload” button link in the center panel.

Downloads – Navigate to the remote storage and directy where the files are located. Highlight and choose download.

Many or large files:

Use Globus Connect Personal (GCP) which allows faster and more reliable transfers. GCP supports simple installation for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.

If you have a need to share data from your desktop or laptop with research collaborators add “University of Michigan” as your Globus Plus Sponsor in your Globus Account Settings. Note: If possible use ARC provided servers to share data for performance and stability.

Please be sure you have your set as your contact email address in your profile. Note this is not required for normal Collections/Endpoints provided by ARC.

    1. Click on username menu top right
    2. Choose Globus Plus
    3. Choose get Globus Plus or if already a Plus member with another institution choose add another provider
    4. Find and click radio box for “University of Michigan” in the list. Advanced research computing will be notified of your request after clicking Continue

Once your request is approved, Globus Plus will allow you to create shared links to your own Globus Connect Personal client. These are also known as guest collections. Be advised, if you allow write access your local hard drive can be inadvertently filled.

If you intend to handle protected sensitive data please be sure to read that section at the bottom if this document. You also need to have your personal connect endpoint enrolled into our UMich HA (High Availability Sensitive Data) Subscription. At installation time choose the HA option and once endpoint is configured email us at and include:

    1. Ask for your Personal endpoint be part of UMich HA subscription
    2. Provide Display Name and UUID of your endpoint

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