Migrating N: drives to OneDrive

This project completed in December 2021

Access your files from any device, anywhere


Motivation behind the change

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With 5 TB of storage, OneDrive offers 500 times the storage space available with the N: drive. It is also significantly more convenient to access. Store your files in OneDrive then access, share, or collaborate on them with others, from anywhere, on all your devices. 

Relationship to other Microsoft 365 projects

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Audience(s) impacted

Audience of people

Individuals may choose to begin using and/or migrate their files from their N: drive to OneDrive, however, the main audience for this current phase of work are IST-managed computers in academic support units. 

Known impacts

  • Learning how to install (where necessary) and use OneDrive
  • Learning how to migrate historical files from N: drive to OneDrive, where applicable

Benefits of the change

  • Increased capacity for storing data
  • Access files from anywhere at any time
  • Easily share, co-author, or collaborate on content with colleagues in real time (no VPN required; two-factor authentication (2FA) is required)
  • Autosave feature
  • Enhanced security
  • Data is encrypted at rest and is stored in Canada

Risk of not completing the change

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Continued costs for storage and maintenance of high-speed, high-capacity storage equipment housed in on-campus server rooms

Important date(s)

  • Project completed in December 2021
  • December 2021: N: drive to OneDrive migrations in academic support units (complete)
  • March 2021: IST piloted the migration process
  • Individuals who wish to migrate from N: drive to OneDrive early may contact their IST Account rep

Project resources

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Project contact(s)

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