Computing User Account

Data Storage and Archiving - Fred Access

New users

New users in the scientific community (grad students, postdocs, faculty, technicians) should complete the computing application request available here: Computing Application. Please note: you must already have a CenterNet ID before requesting a Fred account.

Where to find your data (Fred and other servers)

The Shared Resources IT group has developed automated systems to handle the transfer of large datasets generated through services provided by several of the Shared Resources (including Comparative Medicine, Electron Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Genomics, Proteomics, and Scientific Imaging). We support the management of scientific data transfer  to Center IT's long-term storage. Raw and processed versions of the data are sent to various servers, including the server known as "Fred". Investigators receive a personal directory / home folder on the servers in which they can organize and store their files.

Accessing your files

After data comes off a Shared Resource instrument, it is copied to a user or lab home directory (as indicated by the user) in a subfolder representing the resource where the data was generated.

For example, data from Flow Cytometry would be saved in:
/user_home_directory/flowlab/raw_data_file

PC Users

Connecting to your Fred Account

Double Click on the ‘My Computer’ icon on your desktop

  1. Select ‘Tools’, then ‘Map Network Drive’
  2. Choose a drive letter that is not currently mapped
  3. Enter: \\fred\home

The PC will access Fred using the username and password you used to log-in to the PC. If you wish to access a Fred account different than the one used to log into the computer, click on connect using a different user name in the Map Network drive window.

Contact Support Information

If you have questions regarding access to the servers or where your data is located please contact Center IT's help desk at 206-667-5700 or helpdesk@fredhutch.org

Apple / MacIntosh users

How to Connect to Fred Using SMB

  1. Connect to Fred using GO > Connect to Server > then enter smb://fred/home
  2. Log-in using your HutchNet ID and password
    (If you just type fred it will fail because the default protocol is Appletalk which no longer works for connecting to fred.)

Contact Support Information

If you have questions regarding access to the servers or where your data is located please contact Center IT's help desk at 206-667-5700 or helpdesk@fredhutch.org

Acceptable Use

All computers and applications are to be used for their intended scientific research purposes. See Fred Hutch's policy on acceptable use for more details.

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Shared Resources are core facilities that provide services and access to specialized equipment for research activities.


Rajesh K. Uthamanthil, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Associate Vice President, Shared Resources
Director, Comparative Medicine