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Before You Start

As a Google Education Campus, CIT recommends using Google Drive File Stream to store your files in Google Drive. This application allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer. The instructions for doing this are below.

CIT is only able to back up the data stored in either a Google or Microsoft account that uses a Geneseo email address.

Steps

Campus Owned Devices (faculty/staff)

  1. Install the Google Drive File Stream client for your operating system
    1. Macs: Use the CIT Self Service application to install Google Drive File Stream
    2. Windows: Use the Software Center to install Google Drive File Stream
  2. Once installed, open the Google Drive File Stream application and log in with your full Geneseo email address and password
  3. Move your files to your Google DriveMy Drive folder to begin syncing themwhere files are stored on macOSwhere files are stored on Windows

Personal Devices (students, faculty, and staff)

  1. Visit Google's website to download the Google Drive File Stream installer for your operating system
  2. Sign into your Geneseo Google account, if you’re not signed in already. 
  3. Follow the instructions on that page to install the application.
  4. Move your files to your Google DriveMy Drive folder to begin syncing themwhere files are stored on macOSwhere files are stored on Windows
  5. To change your settings, like changing where files are found, pausing syncing, or switching accounts see the Change Drive File Stream Settings on this page.


Tip for Remote Work

You can find your content on any phone, tablet, or computer using Google Drive.

Supported Alternatives

  • Google Backup and Sync - Google Backup and Sync will upload and store files from any folder on your computer, camera, and SD cards in the cloud.
  • Microsoft OneDriveOneDrive Auto Save will sync your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders as well as all files in the OneDrive - SUNY Geneseo folder on a Windows 10 machine.

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More Help

For questions, contact the CIT HelpDesk by calling (585) 245-5588, or visiting our online service desk.