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Drive: Transitioning from Home Server to Google Drive

Note: Copying large amounts of files off of the home server could take a long time (potentially a few hours if you have thousands of files). If the home server drive contains more than 5GB of data, we suggest performing the copy overnight (starting the process at the end of your work day and letting it run overnight).


Copy your files from the home server network drive(s) to your new Google Drive folder, which will be automatically created during Step 1 below.


  1. Download and install Google Drive Sync. During the installation process, be sure to log in with your JasperNet ID and Password (not a personal gmail address).
  2. Once the installation is complete, there will be a new folder on your computer called "Google Drive". Note: Any files that are put in this folder will automatically sync to your Google Drive storage space. Once they've synced up to Google Drive, they will then be available on both the Web Interface for Google Drive and any device that you install the Google Drive app on:

  1. Find the files that you would like to transfer, select all of them, copy them, and then paste them into the Google Drive folder. We especially want to be sure to copy the files off of the Home Server network drives (see steps below for navigating to your network drives) as the network drives will no longer be accessible after July 1st, 2015.
    Note: Files that are being copied from the home server could take an extended period of time to paste. If the device powers off during this time period, the copy will not complete. Be sure to adjust the power settings on your device to ensure it does not go to sleep if you plan on leaving the device running for an extended period of time.

    How to find your Home Server network drive:
    1. Click on the Start button and then select "Computer":

  1. On the left hand side, click on Computer to locate your network drive(s). Note, your network drive(s) will have a different name and probably a different letter associated with it (H:/, P:/, Z:/, etc.). In the screenshot, aryan02 is my JasperNet ID. This is why my network drive happens to be called aryan02.

  1. Once you locate your drive(s), double-click on the appropriate network drive(s) to see if you have any files there.
  2. If your drive is empty, there is no need to copy anything. If you do have important files there, select all of the files you'd like to transfer and then copy them into your new Google Drive folder (shown in Step 2 above).
  3. If you have access to an example_shared drive, please contact the ITS department for assistance transferring the contents of the example_shared drive. These transitions get more complicated as they involve more than 1 user accessing the same content. We will assist with the transfer process of example_shared drives.
  1. The computer should not be turned off while files are copying. After the copy has completed, within a few seconds the Google Drive icon in the system tray should start to oscillate in opacity. It's opacity will oscillate in a circular motion when it is syncing and the color will return to solid when the sync has completed. Note: The syncing up to Google Drive CAN be disrupted, but it is optimal to allow the sync to run straight through.
  2. Repeat the copy and paste process for each network drive that you have access to.
  3. Once the copy has completed, disconnect the network drives from your computer (right click on the network drive and select Disconnect). Don't worry, the files will not be deleted right away. If you find that something is missing, we can reconnect the network drive to your computer and help you find the missing file(s).


If you have any further trouble, please contact us at or (718) 862-7973.

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