Migrating Files and Folders from Shared Drives to SharePoint


This article is about how to move folders from a shared drive within your unit, department, or team to a SharePoint team site. A SharePoint team site is a cloud-based file storage location within Microsoft 365.


Once you have logged into your shared file server, go to the Internet in your web browser to open SharePoint. To open SharePoint, follow these steps:

  1. Type office.uoregon.edu in the address bar of your browser.
  2. Click the App Launcher, symbolized by nine dots in a square shape in the upper left corner of your screen.
  3. Click SharePoint to launch SharePoint on the web, which is the only way you can access SharePoint.

Once SharePoint is open, create a Document Library:

  1. Click the Home symbol in the upper left side of the screen, on the left navigation bar, to see the SharePoint sites you have access to.
  2. Click the card of the site that you would like to transfer your files to. Each site has an individual card with the name of the site and its avatar in the upper left corner of the card.
  3. Click +New in the top toolbar.
  4. Select Document Library.
  5. In the dialog box on the right side, name your Document Library and write a brief description of its contents.
  6. Check Show in Site Navigation.
  7. Click Create.

Now that you have created the Document Library where your files and folders will be housed, move the files from your shared server to SharePoint:

  1. In the SharePoint site where you would like your file to go, click Documents.
  2. Click the name of the Document Library which you just created.
  3. Click Upload. In the drop down menu, click Folder to see a dialog box appear.
  4. On the right side of the dialog box, click to access your Shared Drive and select the folder you need to upload into SharePoint.
  5. Click Upload in the dialog box to begin the upload process.
Please Note: Folders will upload with the same organization that is in your shared drive. If you are determining whether or not you should organize your files before or after uploading them in SharePoint, it may be most helpful to organize them once they are in SharePoint.

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Tue 10/17/23 3:55 PM
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