How to migrate your drive data to a Gsuite account

This guide is for users belonging to a local who need to migrate their former drive data into the Gsuite's drive data, for compliancy with GDPR

Assuming the user wants to migrate from an account called to an account

End result

By following this guide the situation will become as following:

  • Your data from your gmail are now held in your Gsuite account
  • In your new drive, the old data are all structured in the same way.
  • In your old drive, the old files will still be there.
    • Old files should be deleted manually (suggested but not mandatory),in order to avoid confusion, as well as to avoid people with still access to them to modify a 'dead' document .

Step-by-step guide: 

This method is the most simple: download all the data from one drive, re-upload on the other drive

  1. Login to your source drive with your account (in this example,
  2. Select all files in the top folder
  3. Right-click them and click "Download"

According to the dimension of the files in your drive, it may take a long time to download them all. Your browser MUST stay open until the operation has been completed.

According to the dimension of the files in your drive, the downloaded content could be split in multiple .zip files.

The files shared with you will only be downloaded if they are "Added to My drive" (it's a google drive thingy, it means that the files that are in "shared with me" section aren't considered).

Once downloaded everything, you can proceed in the following way:

  1. On your computer, in your Downloads folder, extract all the .zip files containing the data you downloaded
  2. Login with your new gsuite account to
  3. Click the gear icon, select "settings"
  4. Check the box "Convert uploads"
  5. Select "Upload folder" → select the name of the folder you just downloaded.
  6. Profit! All the files will now be uploaded from your computer to the cloud 

You cannot close the window while this is happening!

You can always ask Fabrizio for support. He can be found here at the helpdesk

After you're done with the migration, see how to dispose of the former address