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The ITS Helpdesk can Help
We have provided these instructions so you can perform an upgrade yourself on your own time. While there is a lot of information, we hope the background information and the context in the instructions helps explain why various steps are important.
However, if you would prefer to schedule time to work with the helpdesk to complete this process, we are happy to help!
Email [email protected] with several different hour-long windows of availability (three or more days lead time are helpful for scheduling) and we will make an appointment to assist with this upgrade.
Google software required for syncing files between your computer and Google's cloud storage is being updated. The original deadline for upgrading was March 12, 2018 which was then postponed to May 12, 2018. If you're interested here is Google's announcement and post about the upgrade.
You may be seeing the following pop-up alerts about the change:
Google File Stream basically works like Netflix on Demand. In Netflix there are tons of available movies which you can choose from right there on your TV. When you choose to watch a particular movie or series, it then streams the file to you instantly. That is exactly how Google File Stream works. The files don’t actually sit in your computer, although you can see the file in your folders like normal. Once you click a particular file, that’s when it is streamed to your computer. The best part, there is a way to allow files to be available offline even when you’re not connected to the internet as well.
We'll provide more information below about how to access files offline and configure Drive File Stream to show up in your favorites/quick access menus.
If you have not already started the process of installing Google Drive File Stream, following the steps below, in order, will help produce the smoothest transition. The instructions below are adapted from the instructions written by c2solutions.
It is easy to check which version or versions of Google Drive software you have.
To check this, go to your list of applications and see what entries you have for Google Drive. In Mac go to Finder and open the Applications folder. In Windows go to the Start Menu for the list of applications and apps. 'Google Drive' or 'Google Drive Sync' are the OLD software. 'Google Drive File Stream' is the NEW software.
Once you've found your applications, find the correct description of your status to determine how to proceed:
Google Drive Sync (the old/existing software) worked by physically downloading files and folders to your computer, where they would all take up space. To minimize the space they took, you had to choose which folders to Sync. The new system does not work that way, but you'll need to remove these existing files to make a smooth transition. The process described here helps do that while ensuring that any changes you've made on your computer are syncronized to the cloud before the files stored physically on your computer in this old system are removed.
Your Google Drive folder on your computer may still have files in it that are in 'My Drive' but not in any other folder, those will be removed later.
When you complete this step you MAY get an error saying that Google Drive File Stream is already installed on your computer. If you receive that error, but are still getting a reminder message that you need to upgrade from Google Drive Sync, proceed to Step 3.
Still seeing Pop-ups?
If you have Google Drive File Stream, as shown above, but are still seeing the pop-ups shown in the 'What's Happening?' section above, then you NEED to complete this step to fully uninstall the OLD Google Drive Sync software. It is a good idea to review Step 1 and make sure you have fully synced and removed your files before completing this step.
This is not included in other instructions and skipping these steps can lead to confusion later.
G Suite Learning Center has a great introductory Google Drive course that explains many features like opening and editing files, adding files or folders to drive AND making files available offline.
If you know you'll want to edit a presentation while you're on a flight and don't want to pay way too much for go-go in-flight wifi, you can prepare ahead of time and make files or folders available offline. This will syncronize a copy to your comptuer that will be available even if you don't have network connectivity. If you edit and change the file, then the next time you do have network connectivity, those changes will be synchronized to the cloud. Be sure to only work on files that others will not be editing, or else you will need to manually reconcile the changes later.
If you'd like to get your My Drive folder, or any sub folder, in your favorties area it is a simple drag-and-drop action.
Here is a video showing the process. Though recorded on a Mac the process is similar on Windows.