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, contact the Help Desk at help@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5501.

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 information about Shared drives.

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 to complete the migration. If you need assistance contact the Help Desk to schedule a consultation.

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 Drive 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 My Drive or Shared drives.

To understand the difference between My Drive and Shared drives, see Shared drive and My Drive Differences.

Help with Large Files

  • 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.