If you’re running a business, you’re probably already using the cloud. But what if your files are stored on Google Drive and your business partners use a different cloud service such as OneDrive for Business? Collaboration across different cloud platforms can occasionally be difficult. In this tutorial, we will help you understand simple methods to move your files from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business.
OneDrive for Business – Features
What makes OneDrive for Business a great choice for many businesses? Here are some possible reasons:
- OneDrive for Business focuses on increasing collaboration among team members.
- When sharing files, mistakes can happen. People who are not authorized to view the files can accidentally view them. OneDrive for Business protects businesses from the accidental sharing of confidential business data. Employees can password-protect their files while sharing so that only the authorized people can view them.
- OneDrive for Business includes a set of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools. Some of these AI tools aid in delivering nearly-identical search results. They also help analyze the contents of your stored files and embedded metadata.
- These AI tools benefit businesses in other ways as well. They can automatically organize files stored on OneDrive by adding tags and categories relevant to your file’s contents.
- Taking periodic backups of your data is crucial. However, OneDrive for Business takes it a step further by automatically backing up your data on its servers. Even if you forgot to back up the data, it is still stored and updated regularly.
- Files stored on OneDrive for Business are also viewable offline. The app keeps local copies of your synced files and folders. However, you can change this setting if you don’t want to run out of storage.
Moving Files from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business
Now, let’s discuss the actual steps to move your files from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business.
Method 1: Easily Move Files Online Using Easy Cloud Manager
A cloud-based solution Easy Cloud Manager helps you move files from one cloud account to another. It’s fast and simple.
Step # 1: Add Your Cloud Accounts
- Visit the Easy Cloud Manager website, and create a new account.
- In the “Home tab”, switch to the “Add Cloud Drives” section.
- Click on “Google Drive” and add it.
- Click on “OneDrive Business” and add it.
Step # 2: Specify Source & Destination
- Click on the “Operations” tab.
- Click on “Data Transfer”.
- Click on “Select Source”, and choose your Google Drive as the source account.
- Click on “Select Target”, and choose OneDrive for Business as the target account.
Step # 3: Start File Transfer
- Select the folders in the source account (Google Drive) you want to move.
- Select a folder in the destination account (OneDrive for Business).
- Click on the “Start Transfer” button.
Easy Cloud Manager Features:
- Provides a detailed summary of running and performed tasks. You can view the list of all tasks with detailed information (date-time, source drive, target drive, etc.) You can also view a log report and delete tasks.
- Supports popular cloud storage platforms
- You don’t need to download any files. It saves your Internet bandwidth and time.
- It can securely access your cloud account using the official API method. No passwords are asked.
- Your data is always encrypted during transit with the industry-standard AES-256 encryption algorithm.
- Find and remove duplicate files using the in-house duplicate finder functionality.
- Batch rename files in your cloud accounts using the in-house file renamer functionality.
- The explorer tab shows you a list of all files and folders in your account. You can browse through the contents of all your cloud accounts in a single tool.
Alternate Method to Move All Files in Your Account Using Google Takeout Service:
Google Drive makes it easier to move files to other services such as OneDrive for Business. It’s free.
Important: By default, Google Takeout transfers all files to your Google account. Make sure to disable that setting and select the specific folders you want to transfer. Similarly, you may also choose specific file formats for your archive.
- Click on the profile image of your Google account.
- Click on “Manage your Google Account”.
- Click on the “Data & Privacy” tab.
- Scroll down and look for the “Download or delete your data” category.
- Click on the “Download your data” button.
- You’ll be redirected to the Google Takeout page.
- Click on the “Deselect all” option.
8. Select the checkbox in front of the “Drive” option.
9. Click on the “All Drive data included” button.
10. Uncheck “Include all files and folders in Drive”, and select the specific folders you want to transfer.
11. Click on the “OK” button.
12. Click on the “Next Step” tab.
13. In the Choose file type, frequency & destination, select the “Add to OneDrive” option.
14. Set the frequency to “Export once”.
15. Choose your desired file type (for example, .zip, .tgz)
16. Click on the “Link accounts and create export” button.
17. You’ll be redirected to sign in to your OneDrive for Business account.
- Google Takeout page creates a large archive containing all files in your Google Drive account or selected folders. Unfortunately, there’s no way to extract the contents of this archive in OneDrive. So you may need to download it later.