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 your VM in the same way you connect to it using SSH, meaning you connect to mep.vgt.vito.be and the port provided to you when requesting the userVM.
The login credentials are also the same, meaning your MEP username and password.
You can then copy/move the data over from your local machine to the userVM. Beware that you have a limited amount of storage available on the userVM. If you require more storage, contact the helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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 (email@example.com) for getting additional storage (in the form of an additional drive).