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Google Drive - Move files from My Drive to Shared Drive

Migrate or Move existing My Drive folders to a Shared Drive (formerly Team Drives)

Migrate Google My Drive content to a Shared Team Drive

Migrate existing My Drive folders to a Shared Team Drive


  • Do not move content between Shared Team Drives and other folders or domains unless necessary, since permission conflicts can occur.
  • The mover must have proper permissions on both their MyDrive and the Shared Drive in order to move files or folders.
  • You cannot move shared content from another domain to My Drive. 
  • Moving files changes their ownership on the Team Drive. 
  • Any content owned by someone in a different domain is not moved. The content remains in the original My Drive location. 
  • Migrating folders creates a copy of the folder structure in the destination Team Drive. Users should update any direct links to point to the new Team Drive folders.
  • Note: While permissions explicitly granted on individual files will be preserved, any permissions granted on (or inherited from) folders are not copied.
  • Moved files remain in the user's "Shared with me" and "Recent" google locations.
  • Files are removed from any other Drive location (such as My Drive) when moved to a Team Drive.
  • If a super admin moves the content to a Team Drive, any hidden files are also moved and are visible to all Team Drive members. 
  • File permissions and links are not changed. People who are not Team Drive members can still access the file with previously granted permission.

Move individual files from My Drive to Shared Team Drives:

  • Option #1
    • Navigate to
    • Select file(s) within "My Drive"
    • Drag files(s) from "My Drive" to the folder within "Shared Drives"
  • Option #2
    • Navigate to
    • Select file(s) within "My Drive"
    • Right-click and select "Move to..."
    • Navigate to a destination folder within "Shared Drives"
    • Click "Move"

More Google Drive info and answers

Move files & folders into shared drives

Move entire folders from My Drive to Shared Drives:

  • The content owner should contact the OIT Help Desk and submit a request to have a system administrator migrate the content from a Google Drive to a Team Drive, ONLY IF they do not have proper permissions on both the My Drive and the desired Shared Drive to perform the move. 

If you need further assistance, please contact the OIT Help Desk.

Keywordsmigrate, google, team, drive, my, shared, Drive, Team, permissions, owner   Doc ID85440
OwnerSusan M.GroupRice U
Created2018-09-05 12:41:54Updated2023-06-01 12:24:56
SitesRice University
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