Data access

Archiving NMR data

Spectra acquired on all NMR spectrometers are initially stored on the hard disks of the individual computers attached to the spectrometers, and cannot be accessed directly this way.

To obtain your NMR data, the spectra must be transferred to a central server (sometimes called the ‘archive’) which you can then access.

  • Open-access: this is automatically done
  • Submission service: this is automatically done, please email if you cannot find your data
  • Hands-on: this is automatically done if you ran your experiments under IconNMR automation. If you ran them manually, then you must use the archive TopSpin command on each individual dataset in order to transfer them to the server.

Accessing the NMR server

On university computers (including group computers) — Windows

  1. Log into Windows as any user in the CHEM domain. This can be done with either your own account (usually firstname.lastname) or a group account (usually xyzgroup).
  2. Open any folder, click on the address bar (see screenshot below) and enter: \\\SRF\NMR

You will then see a list of spectrometer data folders, from which you can obtain your spectra.


On personal computers — Windows

  1. Ensure that you are connected to the university VPN.
  2. Follow the same process as above; you will be prompted to enter a username and password. You should specify your own login as CHEM\<username>.


On personal computers — macOS

  1. Ensure that you are connected to the university VPN.
  2. From the Finder, click Go > Connect to Server... or equivalently press Cmd-K.
  3. Enter smb:// and press Connect (see screenshot below). You will then be prompted to provide a username and password for a ‘registered user’: unlike Windows, the username does not need to be prefixed with CHEM.