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Navigating Box Drive

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Navigating Box Drive


UCSF will be enabling Box Drive on 12-17-2019. Once Box Drive is installed, you will have comprehensive access to your Box files and folders (not just those you opt to sync) and potentially have more free space on your hard drive if you are currently syncing large amounts of content via Box Sync.

Before you run the Box Drive installer, please ensure that all of your Box Sync content is synced without any errors. You will know a file or folder has not synced correctly if its icon has a yellow or red circle displayed next to it. If you are experiencing syncing problems you can consult the Box Sync troubleshooting page here. Files with sync errors will be moved to a folder on your desktop called Archived and you will have to re-upload them to Box.

To begin your upgrade on a personal device, click here to navigate to the Box Drive download page and select the appropriate download option for your device’s operating system. Once downloaded, open the downloaded file to run the Box Drive installation. Once installation has completed, you will see a new Box icon on your desktop, as well as a new icon in your apps toolbar. Managed devices will have Box Drive pushed via Bigfix.

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The first thing you will notice is that ALL of your Box files and folders now appear in your Box folder, not just those which you had previously selected to sync. Unlike with Box Sync however, these files and folders are not actually stored on your computer (including those which you may had previously synced) but are streamed directly from Box. As long as you have an internet connection, you can work with all your content directly from your desktop.

The second thing you will notice is that the dropdown menus that pop up when you right click on a file or folder gives you the same capabilities as the Box web app.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Navigating Box Drive
  2. Folder Menu
  3. File Menu