With the implementation of Google Apps for Education on campus, every user has access to 5 GB of file storage in Google Drive. This storage space has several advantages over the previously provided 500 MB on student G: drives:
- Google Drive storage is approximately 10 times larger than the G: drive space accessible to students.
- Google Drive files are backed up by Google in multiple ways, resulting in better recovery options during a disaster.
- Google Docs files (Forms, Spreasheets, Documents, etc.) do not count toward the available 5 GB, meaning a larger total storage space.
- Documents and files stored in Google Drive can be easily shared with other computer users, including options for limiting sharing to within the SMCM domain
As a result, student G: drive folders will be removed from network access as of June 1, 2013. It is highly recommended that students copy files currently stored in their G: drive folders to hard drives, flash drives, or other storage devices. After June 1st, students will need to schedule a visit to the IT Support Center to transfer files to a personal flash (thumb) drive.
Google Drive also has options via downloaded apps for syncing files with a desktop or mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.). These apps can be part of a viable backup strategy for users in protecting files from accidental loss or damage.
Please see the following links for more information about working with Google Drive for storage, sharing, and syncing files among computers and mobile devices:
- Manually upload files and folders to Google Drive
- Install Google Drive on your computer
- Navigate your Google Drive
- Share and collaborate using Google Drive
- Work with images, videos, and other file types in Google Drive
If you have any questions or concerns about the retirement of the student G: drive folders, please contact the IT Support Center by creating a ticket at http://itsupport.smcm.edu or by calling x4357.