Google Drive

Google Drive provides a single place to store, create, sync, and share documents, files, and folders of all types.  Access files anywhere - at your desk, from home, or on a mobile device. 

Change: My Drive Trash Automatically Deleted

October 13, 2020

Starting October 13, 2020, Files in the My Drive Trash will automatically delete after 30 days (before then, My Drive trash wasn't ever deleted automatically). You can only restore a deleted file within those 30 days.


Access From Any Device

Worried about losing a flash drive of presentations? Do you want to edit your documents on the go? You can easily access files anywhere -  on a computer (even offline) or on a mobile device

Unlimited Storage Space

Google Drive provides a single place to store, access, create, edit, sync, and share documents, files, and folders of most types, and storage space is UNLIMITED, allowing for files up to 5TB.

Share Easily With Anyone

Google Drive is also great for collaboration; multiple people can even work at the same time on one document! 

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Create and share Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Maps, Drawings and more that is accessible online from any computer.

*East Campus users with accounts should contact the Hospital Help Desk at 631-444-HELP to get access to a Google Drive account.

Shared Drives

A Shared Drive (*formerly called Team Drive) is a place where departments or official student groups can create, store, and search files, without having to manage who owns what because the team owns the files, not individuals. And if a member leaves the team, the files stay in the Shared Drive. You can belong to multiple Shared Drives, and they'll all be available wherever you access your My Drive.  Shared Drives work very similarly to your Google My Drive. Learn more about using Shared Drives.

Request a Shared Drive

Faculty and staff can request a Shared Drive. Fill out the form, supplying email addresses and Solar IDs of at least 2 who will manage the Shared Drive.

*In June 2019, Google renamed Team Drives as Shared Drives.

2 Google Drive Syncing Tools

Backup and Sync by Google

Backup your Computer

Backup and Sync will backup your computer's  Desktop, Documents, Photos, Videos or any named folder to Google Drive's UNLIMITED storage space in the cloud!  You can access these documents from any computer.

Sync Your Drive Files to your Computer

You can sync folders of files that live in Google Drive so they are available on your desktop.  This is a huge benefit to users of Excel, PowerPoint and Word.  Microsoft files that are sync from Google Drive will open in their native applications to make editing easier. 


You must be an administrator of your machine to install Backup& Sync.  Backup and Sync works on both Mac and Windows.

Drive File Stream

Drive File Stream is a new way to access all of My Drive and Shared Drives (formerly called Team Drives) files on demand, directly from your computer’s desktop or folders. It streams files from Google Drive without using up your hard drive space. 


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