Commonly used phylogenetic methods, Monash HPC access and basic bioinformatics

Data Storage Policy

1. M3

  • Two shared folder spaces: /bm14 (500Gb soft limit, backed up weekly/daily) and /bm14_scratch (not backed up, use for temp data only).
  • Use /projects/bm14/data on M3 as the primary storage facility to store raw data files. Make sure to read Miguel's README files!
  • M3 documentation on the user file system here

2. Server in room 217

  • Use this as secondary storage, if you want. Otherwise, M3 is preferred.
  • Two spinning disks: 500Gb in /scratch, 500 Gb in /data
  • No backup schedule in place[1]

3. Monash Shared Drive

  • Data recoverable up to 30 days
  • Best used to backup active project folders (scripts, manuscripts, etc), but not really large data files
  • Technically no storage limit, but this is they probably didn't foresee users asking to store hundreds of terabytes of data
  • Cumbersome to access via command line (needs to be mounted first[2])
  • All in all, not terribly useful.


  • [1] Because it's not really worth backing up data on the same machine (the point is to back up data on a different machine)
  • [2] Linux users: mount with smb or cifs. S: path is: // Desktop users: Link on how to mount the S: drive.