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Uploading Files and Folders

Google Drive at Lafayette, which provides unlimited storage, can be used to store nearly any file type in addition to storing Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.

Uploading via the Web Interface

  1. Open your web browser, navigate to Google Drive, and log in with your Lafayette email address.
  2. Drag and drop the directory with your data from your file explorer into the Google Drive window.

You may also consult the official Google Drive documentation for more in-depth instructions.

Uploading With File Stream

File Stream is the recommended tool for syncing Google Drive with your computer. File Stream will only work with your Lafayette account.

  1. Set up File Stream on your Mac or PC.
  2. Once you’ve completed the setup, your Google Drive will appear as a mounted external drive in your file explorer.
  3. Upload your files by drag-and-dropping or copy-pasting them into your File Stream folder. You may manage your Drive files as you would regular files on your computer.

Downloading Files and Folders

Consult Google’s official documentation for help downloading files from Google Drive.

Sharing Files and Folders

Google Drive allows you to share files and folders with other users both via email and link. “Share folders in Google Drive” offers detailed help.

Using Team Drive

A “Team Drive” is like a personal Google Drive that belongs to no individual person. It persists separate of any one user, and is therefore ideal for department or club wide file sharing.

Currently Team Drive is in the early stages of being rolled out, which means that it may not be available on your account.

Google provides an excellent introduction in “Get started with Team Drives”. This page describes how to create a Team Drive, how to manage members, how to add files, and more.

Important Note on Access Levels

It is important to understand different access levels and how they work. If you are the owner/creator of a Team Drive, you will have the Manager role. Managers can configure all aspects of the Team Drive, including members and settings. It is a good idea to only give the Manager role to a few people. Most members of your Team Drive should have the Content Manager or Contributor. For details on member access levels, see “Add members and set access levels”.