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Shared Drives vs. Galileo

The two tools supported by CNU for group file storage are Shared Drives and the Collaborative area on Galileo, also known as the Z drive on Windows machines.  The table below will give you an idea of the differences between the two

Team DriveShared Drives (formerly called Team Drives)


File types allowed

All file types and Google documents

All file types

New top level folders/drives created by

Any CNU user


Access managed by

Those given Full Access on the team drive


Off-campus Accessible


Only with VPN

File location

Google Datacenters

On campus

Access files directly on your computer?


Yes, automatically on Windows, manually on Mac

Access files through web browser?



Files sharable with external users?




Creating a Shared Drive is simple.  Log in to your Google Drive, and click the Shared Drives button.  

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With Shared Drives highlighted, click the New button.

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A box will pop up asking you to name your drive.  Type the name and click Create.

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After a brief wait, you’ll be taken to your Shared drive.


To add users to your Shared Drive, click the Manage Members button at the top of the drive.

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A box will pop up allowing you to add people to the drive.  Begin typing their name or e-mail address on the top.

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The box below the names gives you choices on how much access to give the person.
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Your choices are:


You can then enter a message explaining that you’ve added them to the drive.  When you’re done, click Send and the person will be added to the drive.  They will receive an e-mail letting them know they’ve been added.

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Removing People from the Drive


To do so, click on the name of the Team Drive and choose Manage Members.

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You can then click on the dropdown next to the person whose access you would like to change. To remove them, choose Remove member from the list.

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Click Done when you’re finished.