SWITCHdrive is a non-commercial cloud storage service for institutions of higher education in Switzerland.
SWITCHdrive makes it easy to synchronize data in the cloud across multiple devices or exchange data with others.
All the data are stored and processed exclusively in SWITCH's two data centres in Zurich and Lausanne, which are connected to the national research and education network of SWITCH.
SWITCHdrive is your alternative with secure data storage in Switzerland and won't share any data or user details with third parties.
SWITCHdrive can be used by members of participating universities and offers a secure alternative to commercial cloud storage services. You can find a list or participating Institutions here.
If your institution has subscribed to SWITCHdrive, you can register on https://cloud-id.switch.ch for SWITCHdrive and then login to SWITCHdrive on https://drive.switch.ch
A SWITCHdrive Client is a software or a device which is connected to your SWITCHdrive account.
You can connect to your SWITCHdrive account via Web-Client, Desktop-Client or Mobile-Client. You can download the desktop and mobile clients in the Download section in this help section or by clicking the corresponding buttons in your personal SWITCHdrive settings.
To connect to your SWITCHdrive account via SWITCHdrive Web-Client, just open a web browser and type https://drive.switch.ch into the address bar and login to your account. The Web-Client allows you to see all your files in a browser window where you can do various actions with them (e.g. share them with others, rename or delete them). You also need to use the Web-Client to restore a deleted file, to see different versions of a file, to create a custom-group or to see an overview about the activities of your files, for example.
However, for standard use, most SWITCHdrive users prefer to install the SWITCHdrive Desktop client which is synchronising your files in the background to a local folder on your harddrive, so you can work with them as you are used to. As soon as you have created, modified or deleted a file inside the switchdrive folder, the SWITCHdrive desktop client will automatically synchronise the changes to your SWITCHdrive account and sends the changes to all other SWITCHdrive clients that are running. You can therefore easily modify a file on your home computer for example and get the changes synchronised to your office computer, if both have the SWITCHdrive desktop client installed and running. You can also create or modify files when there is no web-connection. As soon as you connect the computer again to the web all the changes are synchronised to your SWITCHdrive accoutn and to the other clients.
Use a SWITCHdrive Mobile Client to see your files also on mobile devices like smart phones or tablet. However, creating and modifying files with a mobile client is limited, but may change in the future.
No, there isn't. With your Windows mobile device you'd have to use the web client through your browser.
The WebDAV address is
You can find your personalised path if you login to https://drive.switch.ch and click on settings in the lower left corner.
Please be aware that the @ in your USERNAME, which is your email address, needs to be replaced by %40 to make it URL compatible. So firstname.lastname@example.org becomes example%40switch.ch.
Use your SWITCH Cloud Account login credentials.
Under Windows make sure that the service WebClient is started otherwise WebDAV does not work properly.
Make sure you use https: and not just http: when connecting through WebDAV to https://drive.switch.ch/remote.php/webdav/
At this moment the use of SWITCHdrive is reserved to Swiss Universities which have subscribed to this service (and may request to delete your account). But usually, you will be able to continue using SWITCHdrive using the SWITCH edu-ID, currently without any costs. In case that SWITCH terminates this offer or requests a fee, SWITCH would inform you at least 90 days in advance under the e-mail address that is connected to your account.
If you intend to terminate your connection to the SWITCHdrive system, you may log out of SWITCHdrive and simply not log back in again. You can still work with your local copies of the files stored on your computer but you cannot sync & share them any more.
The data stored on SWITCHdrive is hosted in the data centers of SWITCH which are located in Switzerland and connected to the academic network of SWITCH. Regarding treatment of data we are conform to the relevant Swiss law and regulations.
The data on the SWITCH servers is transferred encrypted using SSL. The mobile and desktop client software does not encrypt the data stored. If you wish to encrypt the client data, please use a 3rd party tool that handles encryption if your operating system does not. You may e.g. use password protected ZIP files.
Files in your SWITCHdrive folder that you delete (or that your collaborators delete!) are not removed immediately. They are moved to the Deleted-Files-Folder (=trashbin) of your SWITCHdive account and can be easily restored if needed. .
You can check the content of your trashbin when you open your switchdrive account in a browser, then click on the "Deleted-files" Folder in the lower left corner.
Deleted files remain in the trashbin for 90 days or 3 months. After that the files in the trashbin will be permanently deleted. It is then not possible any more to restore any file or folder.
If you wish to restore a file or folder from the trashbin, locate the data to be restored and click on the "Restore" icon. You can also mark more then one item to be restored.
If the original folder still exists then the restored data will be placed into its original location, otherwise it will be placed in the root of your switchdrive folder. You can then move it to a new location.