Preparing For Your Lifecycle: Importing Computer Files to Google Drive

SMCM faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to save all of their files to Google Drive.

This is especially important for SMCM employees who are up for computer lifecycle- the benefits of uploading your computer files to Google Drive include:

  • You can access your files from any machine using any operating system. All you need is Internet access. Simply log in to your Google account.
  • Unlimited Drive storage available to SMCM employees
  • It makes receiving your new lifetime computer quicker! (Less time is spent transferring over all of your files)
  • All of your files are backed up
  • You can easily share files with students or colleagues, both in and out of the SMCM domain, without email attachments
  • Files can be uploaded into Google Drive individually or by folders.
  • Google Drive is compatible with Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, etc. and supports the following file types:
    • For Documents: HTML, RTF, DOC, DOCX, ODT, PDF, TXT
    • For Spreadsheets: CSV, HTML, ODS, PDF, XLS, TXT (only for a single sheet)
    • For Presentations: PDF, PPTX, TXT
    • For Drawings: PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF

Ways to upload your computer files into Google Drive:

  1. Uploading Files Directly into Google Drive
  2. Uploading Folders Directly into Google Drive

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Step 1

Click the New button in your Google Drive. A drop-down menu displays.

To upload a single file from your computer, select the New button and then select Upload files.

Upload Files

Once you select Upload filesa browser window will open. Locate the file you want to upload to Google Drive and select Open

Locate the file you want to upload to Google Drive and select Open.

A status bar will open at the bottom right hand side of your window, showing you the progress of your upload. When the upload is complete, the file will appear in your Google Drive.

Select Open 

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If you have many files to upload to Google Drive at once, you can import an entire folder as easily as importing a single file. Just like individual files, you can import folders by the drag and drop method or by importing them through Google Drive directly. However, importing folders is not supported if you are using Firefox as your browser. 

Click the New button in your Google Drive. You will be prompted to select whether you are uploading a file or a folder. 

To upload a folder, select Folder upload.

Select Folder upload. A browser window will appear showing the folders on your hard drive. Select the folder you wish to upload.

Select Folder Upload

Select a Folder to upload

 Step 2

Click on the folder you want to download. Click Select Folder. A status window appears in the lower right corner.

The status window indicates when the folder upload is complete. When the upload is complete, the folder will appear in your Google Drive.

Folder Status Window

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Uploading files using the the Google Drive application for your Mac/PC

Automatically sync Google Drive files on your computer with your Google Drive files on the web using "Google Drive for your Mac/PC." You can do things like:

  • Drag files in and out of folders
  • Edit, save, and remove files

Any changes you make locally in your Google Drive folder will sync to your "My Drive" on the web. That means if you share, move, edit, or move files to trash, your changes will also show in My Drive the next time your computer syncs.

Mac

To download and install Google Drive on your Mac, click Download Drive and follow the steps below.

  1. Click Download for Mac.
  2. Read the Terms of Service and click Agree and download.
  3. Open installgoogledrive.dmg.
  4. Move Google Drive to your Applications folder.
  5. Open Google Drive.
    1. If you see a warning that "Google Drive is an application downloaded from the Internet," click Open.
  6. Type your Google Account username and password to sign into Google Drive.
  7. To finish the installation process, click Next.

Move your files to Google Drive

  1. Open Google Drive for Mac Google Drive.
  2. To start syncing, copy your files from your computer into the Google Drive folder.

After Google Drive is done syncing, you can find your files in "My Drive" on drive.google.com.

Windows

To install Google Drive on your PC, click Download Drive and follow the steps below.

  1. Click Download for PC.
  2. Read the Terms of Service and click Accept and install.
  3. Open googledrivesync.exe.
  4. If you see a window asking if you want to allow the program to make changes on your computer, click Yes.
  5. If you’re asked to restart your computer, do it now.
  6. Start Google Drive.
  7. Type your Google Account username and password to sign into Google Drive.
  8. To finish the installation process, click Next.

Move your files to Google Drive

To start syncing, move or copy your files from your computer into the Google Drive folder.

After Google Drive is done syncing, you can find your files in "My Drive" on https://drive.google.com.

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