Remote Drive

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About Remote Drive

XMission's Remote Drive service allows subscribers to backup data to a reliable disk array in our data center. In addition, this array is continuously backed up to an secondary physical location. Customers have the choice among several different protocols for transferring their data. Popular protocols SCP, SFTP, FTP, SAMBA and Rsync are all available.

Remote Drive is an add-on service which customers may purchase separately from their primary account. It includes a base quota and additional quota units may be purchased which allow the user to store more data. There is no limit on the amount of data a user may move to and from Remote Drive in a single month but bandwidth limits on the client side of the connection may still apply.

Storage Location

Remote Drive is accessible via regular services via,, and A soft link in a subscriber's home directory named backup points to the area where remote drive storage is located. This can also be accessed directly via /backup/users/(first-letter)/user, example /backup/users/a/alincoln.


Your XMission account name is used for all examples below. Your XMission password is used for SCP/SFTP/FTP and RSync. For connections using Samba, the password is separate from your XMission account password due to Microsoft's use of a different encryption standard. Set your Samba/Remote Drive password here.

In all examples below, substitute user with your XMission account name.


To view your storage utilization of Remote Drive, run on

quota -vs | grep backup


scp ''myfile'' ''user''
cd backup
cd backup
rsync -avz /myfiles ''user''

See also an example Rsync Backup Script.

smbmount //''user'' ''/mnt/rd''-o user=''user''
Samba on boot add the following to your fstab:
//''user'' ''/mountpoint'' cifs user,rw,noauto,user=''user'',password=''password'',uid=''uid'',gid=''gid'' 0 0


  1. Mount the path \\\user.
  2. Backup to the backup folder with your backup software.

See Microsoft Support for more details.

Mac OS X

  1. Type ⌘+K and connect to smb://
  2. Backup to the backup folder with your backup software.

See also an example Rsync Backup Script.