Importing small amounts of data on the VM
To import data to the userVM that has the size of a couple of Gigabytes or less, the easiest way would be to use an SFTP client.
For Windows, WinSCP is a good choice.
Download WinSCP (or any other SFTP client) and start it up.
Connect WinSCP to our SFTP server: probavmepftp.vgt.vito.be.
The login credentials are the same as your VM, meaning your MEP username and password.
In the SFTP server you will find the folders that are shared over the entire MEP cluster. Your Private folder will be under /data/users/Private/username and you Public folder will be under /data/users/Public/username.
You can also read the data in the Public folders of others (including copying it to your own Public/Private folder so you can overwrite/adapt the file)
Sharing data with the Hadoop cluster
If you want some data to be available on the Hadoop cluster, you can copy it to your 'cluster drives'.
These cluster drives are shared between your userVM and the Hadoop cluster. They are located at /data/users/Private/username and /data/users/Public/username on your userVM and can also be found on the SFTP server (see above). There's also a link to those folders in your homefolder.
The Private folder is available only to you, other users of the MEP can not read or write to this drive. The Public folder is only writeable by you, but can be read by all other users of the MEP.
There is always the possiblity of reaching out to the helpdesk (firstname.lastname@example.org) for getting additional storage (in the form of an additional drive).