In order to access your data on the CUBIC server you will need an active UCT staff/student number.

If you are currently not employed by or studying at UCT, you can obtain 3rd party access by completing the BAS03a form and returning it to 

Within a day or so you will be supplied with a temporary UCT credentials.

Your study's data is located on \\\cubic-uct\<yourfolder>

Follow the links for instructions on how to access data:


If you are trying to access the drive outside of campus you will first need to login to the UCT network via VPN. Log in to the UCT VPN and follow the instructions using your UCT credentials.

However, note that 3rd party users, UCT undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral research fellows have a time-limit of 8 hours of uninterrupted VPN sessions. After 8 hours you will be need to log in to the VPN again.

Other services

You can use UCT's Nextcloud or Globus services (if you have access to UCT services) to transfer your data from

  1. Login to with your UCT credentials.
  2. Go to your profile (upper right corner)
  3. In drop-down menu choose: Settings
  4. On the right side panel choose: External storages
  5. You will need to set up Samba drive as one of the External storages and another drive (it can be SMB or a remote machine) where you copy the data to.

See below for example of this setup

  1. Click on the Nextcloud logo (upper left) and choose External storage and select folders to copy and click on Actions.
  2.  You will have two options:

            a. Download - Download onto a local machine

            b. Move or Copy - (select Copy because you don't have Write permissions to Move) and select your Target that you set up in step 5.


Comprehensive instructions for accessing Globus are provided here.