Google Drive

Google Drive is composed of:

  1. My Drive – store files owned by individuals
  2. Shared Drive – store files owned by a group

Google Drive is a file storage system launched and hosted by Google that allows for easy saving and sharing of documents, collaboration with co-workers, and a clear layout to help orient and organize large quantities of files.  Allowing access from any supported device, Google Drive is the answer for people who switch between multiple devices. In addition to the storage and access capabilities, Google Drive will ensure that you do not lose any critical files. When you upload a file to Google Drive, it will enter the cloud. The cloud will remotely store your files so that even if your device crashes, your files will still be safe and accessible.

Most commonly used for it’s three main applications — Google DocsGoogle Sheets, and Google Slides — Google Drive allows users to construct documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, as well as upload photos, develop polls, map out destinations, and create drawings. Applications like Google Drive, Sheets, and Slides are stored inside your Google Drive. 

While the St. Olaf network drives have been beneficial for many students, faculty, and staff, the abilities of Google Drive far exceed those of the network drives. The St. Olaf IT Department encourages users to use Google Drive.

How to Access Google Drive 

On all St. Olaf campus computers, Google Drive is already installed. Please note "Google Drive File Stream" has been renamed to "Google Drive." 

MacOS: search for Google Drive

Windows: to open Google Drive (G: Drive) from your Windows search (lower-left corner of your screen, select the magnifying glass), type “google drive” and select the application (you might need to log in, if you aren’t already):


The links below provide additional information:

Google Drive icon.

Google Docs icon.

Google Sheets icon.

Google Slides icon.



Using Google Drive

Advantages and Benefits of Google Drive

Getting Started With Google Drive

Switching to Google Drive From Your Computer Drive

Download File Stream


How To Excel At Using Google Drive

Google Drive Cheat Sheet

Google Drive Help Center

Google Drive Tips and Tricks

Lynda – Google Drive Essential Training

Lynda – Google Drive Advanced Tips and Tricks


For additional questions or assistance, please fill out our Google Issues form (if you are experiencing problems) or Google Request form (to request a change of Ownership or Add-On).

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