OneDrive to Box Migration Guide for Windows

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UCSF does NOT support OneDrive. This guide helps UCSF users migrate content from OneDrive to UCSF Box. Mac instructions are similar. If you need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Install Box Sync onto your computer.

Skip if Box Sync is already installed
  1. Log onto your MyAccess Single Sign-On via
    UCSF MyAccess Login via web browser
  2. If “UCSF Box” isn’t listed, select “Manage Favorites” to bring up a list of all of the applications you can access via the UCSF Landing Page.
    Manage Favorites button from MyAccess
  3. Scroll down to “UCSF Box” and click on it.
    Star and UCSF Box link from MyAccess Landing Page
  4. Click the downward arrow next to your name to open up a dropdown window. Click “Get Box Sync".
    Box account via web browser with directions to Get Box Sync
  5. Select “Box Sync” to install the latest Box Sync version.
    Latest version of Box Sync install link
  6. Save the installer to your computer.
    Box Sync setup
  7. Install Box Sync. Launch Box Sync after installation.
    Box Sync setup installer
  8. Select “Use Single Sign On (SSO)” and enter your UCSF email address. You will be directed to enter your UCSF MyAccess Login. Login with your credentials to complete setup.
    Box Sync login window

Transfer your OneDrive files to Box Sync.

  1. Open your Computer’s Favorites list. Look for your “Box Sync” folder.
    Box Sync folder
  2. Create a folder named “OneDrive in Box” in your “Box Sync” folder.
    Box Sync folder with newly created One Drive in Box folder
  3. Move all files and folders from your “OneDrive” to the newly created “OneDrive in Box” folder in your “Box Sync”.
    Dragging files from One Drive to One Drive in Box folder located in Box Sync folder
  4. Move, organize, and re-share migrated files and folders to best suit your needs.
Syncing a large number of files and folders can degrade how well Box Sync works and also impact your computer’s performance by increasing hard disk usage and bandwidth. To unsync folders that you don’t need to access via Box Sync on your desktop, log into your Box account via a web browser, select the “…” options icon for that folder, scroll down to “Properties”, and then select “Unsync”.
Unsync location under Properties