Move your files from the University Google Drive
How to move your Google files from your University Google Drive to another location
1. Do your housekeeping
- Remove any folders and files from Google Drive you don't need - all the destination services have a storage limit
- Work out what information should go where. Not all the files you want to keep may be best located on one service
- Note that any files you've shared will not be shared at the destination - you'll need to set that up again and the file will have a new link so you will need to update any documentation or websites where you have put the old link
- Don't worry if you make a mistake and delete something you want to keep as you can easily get it back yourself within 30 days after deletion
2. Choose your new location
- University OneDrive - A good idea for University work files, but not recommended for personal files as your files will be automatically deleted when your affiliation with the University ends. Click here for more information
- University Research DropBox - the University provides an unlimited Dropbox for active researchers and their research storage. The storage is available by request and is subject to validity checking. Click here to request this.
Services for personal files
- Personal Google One plan:
- 100GB - $35NZD/annum
- 200GB - $50NZD/annum
- 2TB - $170NZD/annum
- Personal OneDrive - free 15GB storage
- DropBox - free 2GB storage
- PCloud - Plans from $50USD/annum for 500GB through to a single payment of $400USD for lifetime storage of 2TB
- IceDrive - $50USD/annum for 1TB or lifetime (150GB for $100USD or 3TB for $500USD)
- Backblaze - backup your computer - unlimited storage for $70USD/annum
- Local computer
I want to move to a personal Google Drive and Photos account
This is the simplest migration from your University Google Drive. Beforehand you will need to setup a personal Google subscription (if you don’t have one already) https://one.google.com/about/plans. Google provides 15GB free account storage (including email). Other plans are available for you to personally purchase on an annual home subscription.
Check that you have sufficient free space in the location you're copying your files to beforehand.
Note that if you have Photos and Google Drive contents to transfer then you will need to do both steps:
- Instructions on how to move your Google Photos
- Drive - preferred option: Instructions to move the entire contents of your Google Drive (you cannot select specific folders or files using this option)
- Drive - second option: Instructions to copy files and folders you select using MultCloud (free is limited to 5GB transfers/month)
I want to migrate my files to a different cloud service
Cloud services include OneDrive, DropBox and others. The best tool you use to migrate depends on how much you need to move, if you just want to move everything to a single new location or if you want more control.
I need to move my Google Photos
We strongly recommend moving Google Photos to a personal Google account - it is so much easier than moving to another service - you just follow these instructions.
If you still want to move to another service follow instructions for moving Google Photos using Google Takeout.
I have less than 100GB in Drive that I want to move
To find out how much space you're using follow these instructions
- I want to move my files to the University's OneDrive or Research Dropbox
- I want to move my files to a different cloud service and don't need to select individual folders below the top level - follow these instructions to migrate using Google Takeout
I have more than 100GB in Drive that I want to move, or need a hand
You can also use any of the methods from the less than 100GB if you wish, but we do find that Google Takeout becomes more difficult to manage when there are large numbers of zip files.
If you have more than 100GB to move to another cloud service, please fill in this form for project assistance.
I want to migrate my files to a drive attached to my computer
Note: For this option the University is unable to provide any more assistance than these instructions.
First, make sure you have sufficient space by checking the local drive and how much space you are using on your Google Drive
Here are four options:
- Google Takeout (multiple zip files created which you download to your computer and unzip)
- Google Drive desktop tool (good for less than 100GB on Mac or Windows)
- Cloudberry Backup Free
- SyncBack Pro for Windows
Don't forget your Google backups
If you are currently using your University of Auckland account as your backup location for services like WhatsApp, an Android phone or other device, you must make sure that you re-configure your backup and complete a successful backup to your new storage location as soon as possible.
To change the backup location on an Android phone
To change the backup location on WhatsApp:
- Open WhatsApp
- Tap More options > Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Google Account
- Select the Google account you’d like to back up your chat history to
Note that Google does not allow the ability to migrate a backup to another service, or even to another Google account.
If you do not do this and need to restore your backup you will be unable to. The University of Auckland will also be unable to assist.