BU Google Drive is suitable to store your Google Docs and Sheets and is an excellent collaboration tool for working on shared documents.  Drive is available for faculty, students and staff. 

  • Faculty/Staff do not have access by default, but can request access.
  • BU Google Drive is InfoSec approved to store confidential information.
  • Offers storage space with your BU account.
  • Great alternative to Crashplan for BU Faculty/Staff as you can access your files anywhere where there is an internet connection.

Shared Drive Creation

  • As of August 31, 2023, the creation of new BU Google Shared Drives will no longer be allowed.  This is due to the need to set quotas on the amount of data in our BU Google tenant.  Google now charges by the amount of data we have in our tenant, and shared drives take up a significant portion of our overall data quota.   
  • Faculty and Staff clients are able to use BU Dropbox accounts and create a Dropbox Team folder.  BU Dropbox licenses are available at no cost, and accounts can hold up to one terabyte (TB) of data.  
    • To request a Dropbox license, send a request to ithelp@bu.edu. Members of CAS, ENG, COM, BUMC, or Questrom should request a license through their local IT Partner departments. 
    • Visit our TechWeb page for more information about BU Dropbox.
  • NOTE: Existing Google Shared Drives are not affected at this time.  Existing Shared Drives will be under review as part of the BU Google Data Migration project that will run between August 2023 and June 2024. 

Uploading via Drive Application

Google Drive offers the Google Drive for desktop application, which is available to BU faculty, students, and staff.

  • Google Drive for desktop - Appears as a network drive and it downloads files as they are used saving space on your computer.  This application allows for folders/files to be used in Offline mode.
  • Learn more about  about Google Drive for desktop features comparison

Google Drive for Desktop

Uploading via Web