Google Team Drive

Google Team Drive is included with all Google@SEAS accounts. Files in a Team Drive are owned by the team, not individual users, providing stability as your team changes and evolves.

Team Drives are a new feature with slightly different behavior and limitations than individually owned files and folders in Google Drive. Before using Team Drive, please review Google's Get started with Team Drives article.

To begin using Team Drives, visit Google Drive and log in with your Google@SEAS account.

Be sure to log in using your full SEAS account address (username@seas.upenn.edu).

Moving Files

Users must own the files that they move from My Drive to a Team Drive. Once the files are moved, ownership is transferred to the Team Drive.

To move files you don't own to a Team Drive, consider one of the following options:

Moving Folders

At this time, users are not able to move folders from My Drive into a Team Drive. Files must be moved individually into a Team Drive and organized there. Once created, folders can be moved between Team Drives.

NOTE: At this time, CETS does not have a tool that will safely move folders to a Team Drive.

Sharing outside the Team

You can share individual Team Drive files with people who aren't members of the Team Drive, but not folders.

Desktop Sync

Note: The Google Drive desktop app does not currently support Team Drives.

Google is developing the Drive File Stream application that supports Team Drives, but it is a beta product with numerous limitations and shortcomings. Due to the seriousness of some of the issues, CETS has not made it available at this time.

In the meantime, if you wish to save Team Drive files to your desktop, use the web interface to download folders (as ZIP archives) and files (converted to Office files, if appropriate). To simplify the task, organize everything in a single folder in the root of the drive to download all of it at once in a single archive.

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