Google Drive

  • Available to faculty, staff, and students by activating your Google Apps account.
  • Allows you to store files on an off-site server (much like your "S" drive on campus).
  • Useful for storing important documents that you use often on many different computers, sharing documents with others, and backing-up important documents to protect them in case of hardware failure.

Google Drive File Stream

Google Drive File Stream is a desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer without losing precious drive space. With Google Drive File Stream, your files are stored on the cloud instead of your computer, and any changes you make are automatically synced with the cloud for quick, easy access anywhere you have an Internet connection.


  1. Download Google Drive File Stream for Mac or Windows. You must be logged into your Google Apps account to see this page.
  2. Run the installation package.
  3. Log into the portal with your credentials.
  4. Select Allow on the required permissions prompt.


How do I use Google Drive?

Google Drive can operate in two modes: Web mode and Sync mode.

Web mode is an intuitive Web interface. To access Google Drive through Web mode:

  1. Go to Google Drive website.
  2. Log in with your credentials.

Sync mode requires that a client be installed on the machine. You can install the Google Drive application and log in with campus credentials for the Sync mode.

Using Google Drive in Sync mode, the interface is Windows Explorer (aka File Explorer). When you add files and folders to your Google Drive, the background client for Google Drive will sync the data in that folder to Google's servers without any further interaction.