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Google Drive - Getting Started

Google Drive and apps like Docs, Drawings, Forms, Slides and Sheets allow you to access and work on your files from any Internet connected computer. Benefits include: Access your files from anywhere, share files with anybody, use Google apps such as: Docs, Drawings, Forms, Slides, Sheets, YouTube, and collaborate on files in real time.

Getting Started 

  1. Go to Google Drive
  2. Select Go to Drive
  3. Type your NDSU email address (typically in the email field
  4. Log in with your NDSU electronic ID and passphrase 

     LAIC - Quick Start Guides

Install the Drive File Stream or Backup and Sync Client

There are two options for syncing your Google Drive files on your computer, Drive File Stream or Backup and Sync Client. Drive File Stream allows you to sync both your own My Drive files but also Google Shared Drives, and requires an active internet connection. Backup and Sync allows you to sync other documents or folders from your computer, but does not allow you to sync Google Shared Drives, and does not require an active internet connection. To decide which option is right for you, see the Compare Backup and Sync & Drive File Stream page.
Follow the instructions below to install the client you wish to install. (If you have an NDSU owned computer that is managed by ITS, Drive File Stream may already be installed on your computer.)

Install the Google Drive File Stream client:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Sign in to your work and school account button if you are not signed in
  3. Type your NDSU email address (typically in the Email field
  4. Log in with your NDSU electronic ID and passphrase
  5. Click the Download button appropriate for the type of computer you are using
  6. Open the googledrivefilestream.exe file that was downloaded and follow the instructions
  7. Once installed, open the client to see your folders and files
    1. For Windows, the icon will be in the system tray in the lower right corner of your screen
    2. For Mac, the icon will be at the top right of your screen

Install the Google Backup and Sync client: 

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Download Backup and Sync button 
  3. Click the Agree and download button if you agree with the Google Terms of Service 
  4. Depending on your browser, open or run the installbackupandsync.exe file 
  5. Once the download and installation is complete you will need to open the client to sign in 
  6. Click the Get Started button after you open the client 
  7. Enter your NDSU email address (typically 
  8. Click Next to be redirected to the CAS login page 
  9. Enter your NDSU electronic ID and NDSU passphrase 
  10. Uncheck the I am at a public workstation box 
  11. Click the Login button 
  12. Click the GOT IT button 
  13. Select the folders you wish to sync from your computer, if any 
  14. Click Next 
  15. Click the GOT IT button 
  16. Choose to either sync everything in your My Drive or the option to specify which folders to sync 
  17. Click the Start button 
  18. Your new folder, still named Google Drive, will open and start to download your content 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between My Drive and Team Drives? 

Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any device. 
Unlike files in Google Drive, files in Team Drive belong to the team instead of an individual. Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done. 

Can I share files with people outside of NDSU? 

Yes. Right-click on the chosen file or folder and click Share...  then enter their email addresses, or click Get shareable link for a link you can send to anybody. 

I don't see my Team Drives in by Backup and Sync folder on my computer, how can I access my Team Drives? 

The Google Backup and Sync client does not sync Team Drives. Your Team Drive files can be accessed through the web client at and logging in with your NDSU Google account. 

Where can I go to get more information about Google Drive? 

The Google Drive support page provides more help documents and information about advanced features and options. 

How do I change my NDSU Google Drive password? 

You use your NDSU electronic ID and passphrase to log into NDSU Google Drive. Please see the Account Hub page for information on changing your passphrase and managing your NDSU account.

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Keywords:google, drive, storage, cloud, docs, slides, drawing, forms, Google Drive, collaboration   Doc ID:97021
Owner:Sharley K.Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2020-01-09 15:02 CSTUpdated:2023-02-01 09:34 CST
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