Google shared drives (formerly known as Team Drives) are a feature in Google's Workspace for Education. Unlike files in My Drive, files in shared drives are owned by the team/group rather than an individual. Refer below for a table that outlines the key differences between U-M Google shared drives and My Drive.
|Google Shared Drives (Team Drives)||My Drive|
|Who owns files and folders?||The team/group.||Individual who created the file or folder.|
Can I restore files?
Yes, if you have the role of Manager, Content Manager, or Contributor in the shared drive.
Yes, if you created the file.
|Can I move files/folders?||
Within shared drives: Yes, if you have the Manager or Content Manager role in the shared drive.
From My Drive to shared drives:
From shared drive to shared drive: Yes, if you have the Manager role in both shared drives.
|Sharing?||All team members (at the shared drive level) see the same set of files/folders. It is possible to share at the file and folder levels with someone not in your shared drive for more granular permissions.||Different people might see different files in a folder, depending on their access to individual files. It is also possible to share at the folder level inside My Drive.|
|How long do deleted files stay in trash?||Each shared drive has its own trash. Only members with the role of Manager or Content Manager can delete files. After 30 days, all files/folders in the trash are deleted permanently. Members with the role of Manager, Content Manager, or Contributor can restore shared drive content from the trash.||Files in the My Drive trash folder are permanently deleted after 30 days.|
Permissions set on a specific file in My Drive will be transferred when migrated to a shared drive.
Example: If email@example.com is not a member of the shared drive, but he is an Editor on a file migrated to the shared drive, firstname.lastname@example.org will maintain his access to the file after it migrates to shared drives. Inherited permissions on a My Drive folder are not transferred to the shared drive folder.
|Permissions at the folder level are passed down to files created in the folder.|
|Attaching a Google File to a Google Calendar invite||Navigate to any shared drive file from within a Calendar invite.||Navigate to any My Drive file from within a Calendar invite.|
|Mobile device support||Shared drives are supported on mobile devices.||
My Drive is supported on mobile devices.