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Migrating Student Home Directory Data to Google Drive

Migrating existing data from your student home directory, or G: drive, to Google Drive can be done one of three ways. The first method can be used if you are on or near campus, and the second two methods should be used if you are migrating your data remotely.

IMPORTANT: You will have access to migrate your home directory data until Friday, August 28. After that date, you will need to contact the IT Help Desk for assistance. Contact details are at the bottom of this page.

Using a Public Lab Computer on Campus

If you are located on or near campus, you can log into any public lab or library computer at AU, which will provide you access to your home directory data. Once you log in to the computer, you will be able to access your home directory, or G: drive, by clicking on the START MENU, and then Computer. You can then upload any files you need to Google Drive. 

Instructions on how to upload files and folders to Google Drive can be found at the Google Drive Help Center.

Using the MyNet Web Interface (mynet.american.edu)

MyNet is a system that allows you to access your network drives, and upload and download files via your web browser. Internet Explorer and Safari are the recommended browsers for accessing MyNet.

Follow these instructions to access your home directory, or G: drive, through MyNet and download the contents to your computer:

  1. Open up your web browser and go to the URL https://mynet.american.edu.
  2. You should be prompted to enter your login credentials. Enter your MYAU PORTAL user ID and password and click LOG IN.
  3. Once you have logged in successfully, you should see the main MyNet interface with the list of available network drives on the left:
    Network Drives
  4. Click on the G@AU folder on the left, which is your home directory. You should see the contents of your home directory displayed in the middle of the window:
    G Drive Contents
  5. Next, click the check box just under the FILE menu in the middle of the window, to select all your folders and files:
    Select Files
  6. Once all files and folders are selected, click on FILE, and then . DOWNLOAD... You should be prompted to save the file G@AU.ZIP to your computer:
    Download Files
  7. Once the G@AU.ZIP file has been downloaded to your computer, you can either upload the file directly to Google Drive, or extract the files to your computer and upload them individually.
  8. Instructions on how to upload files and folders to Google Drive can be found at the Google Drive Help Center.

Using Virtual Computer Labs (VCL.american.edu)

If you are not located near campus, and would like to migrate your home directory data to Google Drive remotely, another option you can take advantage of is AU's Virtual Computing Labs (VCL). Logging into the VCL is just like accessing a public lab machine on AU's campus, but you can do so from your own computer. Instructions on how to set up access to VCL and log in can be found on the AU VCL site.

Once you have successfully accessed the VCL from your computer, you will be able to access your home directory, or G: drive, by clicking on the START MENU, and then Computer. You can then upload any files you need to Google Drive. Instructions on how to upload files and folders to Google Drive can be found at the Google Drive Help Center.

Please Note: Connections to the AU VCL are limited, so if you are unable to log into the VCL successfully, you should back up your data using the above option, MyNet.american.edu.


Please contact the IT Help Desk at 202-885-2550, helpdesk@american.edu, or AskAmericanUHelp for additional information.