Shared drives are available for users in our NC State domain, but a shared drive must be requested rather than created by an end user. A shared drive can be requested for a project, committee, department, or other team related purpose.
- Before you request a shared drive
- Shared drive best practices
- Additional drive information
- Shared Drive Request Form
Please consider the following:
- A shared drive is owned by the domain (NC State) rather than an individual.
- A shared drive must have a “Primary Organizer,” who will be given FULL (Manager) access along with the following:
- Special migration permissions for a limited two-week period. (Additional details will be provided when request is approved.)
- Rights to add new members or groups, determine permissions, and assign other team members Manager access.
- The ability to manage files and folders (creating, deleting).
- Folders and documents stored in a shared drive can be accessed by all the drive’s members.
- Folder permissions are granted at the drive level.
- Individual file permissions can be different for non-members, but folder permissions cannot.
- OIT recommends using a G Suite Group to manage a shared drive, especially if it has a large membership and varying permissions. If you do not have a G Suite Group, you can request one via Web Registry.
- Users outside of the NC State domain can also be members of a shared drive if they have a Google account.
- Content in a shared drive is stored in Vault for e-discovery and retention.
- As with Google Drives, shared drives are approved as a cloud storage option for Red Level Data and below.
See Determining Sensitivity Levels for Shared Data for details.
- NC State may modify shared drive settings for university compliance purposes.
- See Shared drives limits for information on data migration and content organization.
- Designate a Primary Organizer and at least one other member with “Manager access” (i.e. full access).
There is no limit to how many users can have “Manager access.”
- Identify individuals to be initially included and add members to the shared drive before migrating content.
For more efficient management of your shared drive, OIT recommends using a G Suite Group to manage it, especially if it has a large membership and varying permissions. If you do not have an existing G Suite Group, you can request one via Web Registry.
- The Primary Organizer should work with the shared drive members to identify content that will be migrated during the initial two-week period.
- Primary Organizers can migrate folders during this limited two-week period as long as they have view access to the folders.
- Communicate with all shared drive members once the drive is available.
For more about the differences between a shared drive and My Drive, visit:
- Team Drives at NC State (YouTube presentation)
- Get Started with Shared Drives
- Manage Shared Drives
- Share Files with Shared Drives
Need to request more than three Shared drives at a time?
Follow our Bulk Shared Drive Request process instead of the form below.