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Cloud File Storage Options at UNCG

August 4, 2016
Categories: box, drive, google, OneDrive

UNCG offers three different cloud storage options for your files: Google Drive, Box, and Microsoft OneDrive. It can be confusing trying to decide which service to use, so here are brief descriptions of each service.

Google Drive


Google Drive is the file storage solution that comes with the Google suite of products. You can access Google Drive on your laptop at You can also download an app for your smart devices that will let you view your Google Drive. Features of Google Drive:
  • unlimited storage space
  • integrates with other Google products such as Google Docs and Google Sheets
  • You can store your Office files in Google Drive, but to edit them the system will convert them to Google format
  • Advanced file sharing features
  • Collaborate with others and track changes on documents
  • Ability to selectively “sync” files and folders to your computer


Everyone with a UNCG account also has a Box account. The Library currently loads eReserves into Canvas courses through Box. You can access Box at


  • unlimited for every user
  • Configured to meet the “2-Lock rating” requirements for storage of “Moderate risk data” according to the new Data Classification Policy for UNCG
  • Web and mobile access to your files anywhere you have an internet connection
  • Ability to selectively “sync” files and folders to your computer
  • Ability to share files with other users inside and outside UNCG
  • Keeps track of multiple versions of your files automatically
  • Ability to “lock” documents while editing them, so others cannot accidentally overwrite your work
  • Ability to see who has edited and viewed documents you share
  • Integration with Microsoft Office to download, edit and upload new versions 


Microsoft OneDrive


Everyone at UNCG can access Microsoft Office 365 online at OneDrive is the file storage solution that comes with Office 365. For more information on Office 365:
  • 1 TB of quota
  • Your Office 365 files automatically save to OneDrive, and you can share the files with people inside and outside of UNCG
  • Configured as a 1-Lock storage service (see Data Classification Policy for UNCG)