Google Drive File Stream

Dear Campus Community


You may have received a pop-up on your computer stating “Google Drive will become disabled.” Google has announced they are retiring the Google Drive desktop application and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. The Google Drive service itself is not being retired, only the program that is installed on your SJFC computer that syncs the files stored on Google Drive to your computer. For business customers, it is being replaced with Drive File Stream.

Drive File Stream works a little differently than the current Google Drive application. On Windows computers, it appears as a drive in Windows Explorer instead of a shortcut. On Mac computers, it appears as a link under Devices in Finder.

Another major difference is that your Google Drive files are no longer stored locally on your computer, saving local drive space. Instead, files are streamed on demand as needed. Files that you need to use when you have no Internet access must be made available off-line in advance. Making files available off-line stores a local copy of the file or folder on your computer, so it is available without Internet access.

OIT will soon be rolling out Drive File Stream to SJFC computers. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at x8016 or

For more detailed information, please visit the SJFC OIT Knowledgebase article at:

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Office of Information Technology

OIT Service Desk

St. John Fisher College


phone: (585) 385-8016