Migrating N: drives to OneDrive

Access your files from any device, anywhere

Motivation behind the change


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 Office 365 projects

relationship to other projects



Audience(s) impacted


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

known impact

  • 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


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


Important date(s)

important dates

  • IST piloted the migration process in March 2021
  • August 2021: Complete N: drive to OneDrive migrations in academic support units
  • Individuals who wish to migrate from N: drive to OneDrive early may contact their IST Account rep