Migrating N: drives to OneDrive

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

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Current phase

Employees and students in the Faculties of Arts, Environment, Health, and Science to migrate their files from their N: drive to OneDrive by April 30, 2023. Faculties of Math and Engineering host their own N: drives and are not included in this change.

Initial phase

Individuals with IST-managed computers in academic support units migrated their files from their N: drive to OneDrive during the initial phase of this project. 

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)

  • April 30, 2023: All content from student and employee N: drives in the Faculties of Arts, Environment, Health, and Science must be migrated to prevent data loss. 
  • December 2021: N: drive to OneDrive migrations in academic support units (complete)
  • March 2021: IST piloted the migration process

Project resources

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Project contact(s)

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