This email was sent out to all Rstor/AFS users to notify them of the planned migration of their files.


You are receiving this email because you have a Research Computing account and in the coming months your files will be moving to a new storage system. The information below introduces the move and should answer most of your questions about this migration process, but please feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

What is happening?

All people currently in our AFS storage system (which includes Andes and Polaris users) will have their files migrated to a new storage system—DartFS. Along with this file move, Research Computing systems and storage will be changed so that your NetID and password will provide access to your files.

What do I need to do?

There is no need to do anything now. Over the next few months Research Computing will contact each of you to discuss the details of the move and how to time things so that it has no impact on your work. If you do have questions, just contact the Research Computing member you currently work with or send email to

Why is this migration happening?

AFS worked well for many years but the open source community that maintains AFS has not kept up with the features and functions available from many other current systems. Moving to DartFS will provide a modern storage system that allows you to access your files from your Mac, Windows, Linux or Research Computing systems using the same username and password for other Dartmouth services. Additional benefits of this change include a greatly expanded storage capacity as well as faster performance.

What about Discovery users?

Discovery users will also be migrated to the new storage system and will be contacted in the near future. If you also have a Discovery account, your AFS and Discovery files will be migrated into a single location that will be available to Discovery, Andes, Polaris as well as your desktop computer.

How do I get more information?

More details and answers to some common questions can be found at:

And feel free to contact us at: