Google Drive File Stream

Google released a Google Drive client for the Enterprise and Education customers at the end of 2017 called Google Drive File Stream, which replaces the older Google Drive Sync client. Google Drive File Stream mounts your Google Drive and Team Drives as a drive letter (we've configured it to use Q:\ on our managed Windows computers). Native Google Docs file formats open up in a web editor whereas non-Google Docs file formats, you stream files directly from the cloud to your Mac or PC, freeing up disk space and network bandwidth. Since Drive files are stored in the cloud, any changes you or your collaborators make are automatically updated.

After installation, you will need to launch Google Drive File Stream from the Start Menu and login. After logging in with your Username, Password, and Google two-step, it will ask you to authorize Google Drive File Stream to have access to your Google Docs. Once you have done that, the Q:\ drive will map automatically on subsequent logins. You will need to do this on each machine you wish to use it on.

Note: Whenever you change your Unity password, you will need to re-login to Google Drive File Stream.

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When using either Drive File Stream, follow applicable data management storage procedures in your Google Drive. If you have questions regarding Drive File Stream, contact TCTS at


Once in a while Google Drive File Stream stops and the Q:\ drive disappears. This is usually after it has done an update, but the computer has not been restarted yet. If this happens, launching the "Drive File Stream" app from the Start Menu should restore the Q:\ drive.