What Do I Do With My Data?

For most Home and Shared directories, you can perform the migration yourself by following the instructions below. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, request that ITS assist you in the migration by filling out the “Samba Migration Request” form, or by contacting the Help Desk.

If you are managing a shared directory — for example, a collection of course or department files — you will also want to read the Google Drive documentation for help with sharing folders.

Are you using a personal Windows PC?

  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to mount Samba shares directly on a personal Windows computer. As an alternative, you can follow the instructions below to download from Smbweb.

Downloading From Samba

Mounting the Share Directly

  1. Any College-owned Windows PC should already have your shares mounted — proceed to Step 2. If you are on a Mac computer (either personal or College-owned), you can use SMBMapper to mount your shares.

    See “Accessing Lafayette File Shares” for more detailed help, and for steps to mount file shares on a Linux device.
  2. Once you have your shares mounted, use drag-and-drop or copy-paste in Windows Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) to move the directory from your mounted Samba share into a location on your own computer — for example, Desktop, Downloads, or your User directory.

Downloading From Smbweb

If you only have access to a personal Windows computer, you won’t be able to mount Samba shares directly — but you can download your data from Smbweb. Please do not attempt to download more than 10 GB at a time from Smbweb. For more help with Smbweb refer to “Accessing file shares from a web browser with Smbweb”.

From a Windows device

  1. Log in to Smbweb and navigate to the directory you wish to download.
  2. Right click on the directory either in the main file area or in the sidebar, then click “Download”.

    A screenshot of the right-click download menu in Smbweb

    Download from Smbweb

  3. Your chosen directory will be downloaded as a zip file into your Downloads folder. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to your Downloads folder. Right-click the downloaded zip file and select “Extract All”, then choose a location.

    A screenshot of the right-click menu on a file in Windows Explorer, with the "Extract all" option highlighted.

    Open a zip file (Windows)

  4. Depending on your browser, you may also open the file by clicking it in the downloads bar at the bottom of your browser window. You can then select “Extract All” in the toolbar at the top of the Explorer window.
    A screenshot of a downloaded file appearing in the Downloads bar at the bottom of a web browser window

    Open a downloaded file from your browser

    A screenshot of a zip file opened in Windows Explorer, with the "Extract all" button in the toolbar highlighted.

    Extract an opened zip file (Windows)

From a Mac OS device

  1. Log in to Smbweb and navigate to the directory you wish to download.
  2. Right click on the directory either in the main file area or in the sidebar, then click “Download”.

    A screenshot of the right-click download menu in Smbweb.

    Download from Smbweb

  3. Open Finder, navigate to your Downloads directory, and double-click the downloaded zip file to open it.
    A screenshot of the Downloads folder in Mac OS Finder, with a recently downloaded file highlighted.

    Open a downloaded file from Finder (Mac)

    Depending on your browser you may also be able to open the file by clicking it in the Downloads bar at the bottom of the browser window.

    A screenshot of a downloaded file appearing in the Downloads bar at the bottom of a web browser window

    Open a downloaded file from your browser

  4. The zip file will be extracted to a folder of the same name.

    A screenshot of a zip file extracted into a regular folder in Mac OS Finder

    An unzipped folder in Finder (Mac)

Uploading to Google Drive

See the Google Drive documentation for help uploading your data to Google Drive.