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. Use a library or lab computer, or request help with your migration (by filling out the “Samba Migration Request” form, or by contacting the Help Desk).

Steps to migrate your data from a samba share to google drive

  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. Set up Google File Stream, which will mount your Google Drive so that you can access it from your file explorer — just like a Samba share.
  3. Once you have both your shares and File Stream set up, use drag-and-drop or copy-paste in Windows Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) to move the directory from your mounted Samba share into the target location in your Google Drive or Team Drive.


  • Trying to move extremely large files or folders may result in unexpected failure. If you have trouble transferring large folders, try transferring smaller chunks one at a time. You can also ask for migration assistance through the Help Desk.