Google Team Drive and My Drive Differences

Google Team Drives is a new features in Google's G Suite (Request a Google Team Drive). Unlike files in My Drive, files in Team Drive are owned by the Team rather than an individual. See below for a table that outlines the other differences between Team Drive and My Drive.

  Google Team Drives My Drive
Who owns files and folders? The Team Individual who created file or folder

Can I restore files?

Yes, if you have Edit access or Full access

Yes, if you created the file

Can I move files?

From My Drive to Team Drive: Yes, if you are Owner of the file and have at least Edit access in the Team Drive. 

Between Team Drives: Yes, if you have Full access in the original Team Drive and at least Edit access the destination Team Drive. 

Yes
Can I move folders?

From My Drive to Team Drive: It is not possible at this time to move folders from My Drive to Team Drive.

Between Team Drives: Yes, if you have Full access in the original Team Drive and at least Edit access in the destination Team Drive. 

Yes
Sharing? All team members see the same set of files. It is possible to share at the file level with someone not in your Team Drive. You cannot share at the folder level in Team Drive 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 Team Drive has its own trash. Only members with Full access can delete files. After 30 days, all files/folders in trash are deleted permanently. Members with Edit access and Full access can restore content from Trash. Files in the My Drive trash folder are not automatically deleted.
Inherited Permissions Permissions set on a specific file in My Drive will be transferred when migrated to Team Drive.Example: if jeff@umich.edu is not a member of the Team Drive but he is an editor on a file migrated to Team Drive, jeff@umich.edu will maintain his access to the file after it’s migration to Team Drive. Inherited permissions on a My Drive folder are not transferred to Team Drive. Permissions at the folder level are passed down to files created in the folder.
Attaching a Google File to a Google Calendar Invite Not currently possible to navigate to Team Drives within a Google Calendar invite. Workarounds available:
  • Use Search in Google Drive to find and attach the appropriate file.
  • Use Recent to find and attach the appropriate file.
  • Use Shared with me to find and attach the appropriate file.
Navigate to any My Drive file from within a Calendar invite.
Mobile Device Support Team Drive is supported on mobile devices, but accessibility and performance varies depending on application and OS.

My Drive is supported on mobile devices.

Last Updated: 
Monday, September 25, 2017