Google Team Drive and My Drive Differences

Google Team Drive is a new feature in Google's G Suite. 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 the file or folder

Can I restore files?

Yes, if you have the role of Manager, Content Manager, or Contributor.

Yes, if you created the file

Can I move files?

Yes, if you are the owner of the file and have the role of Manager, Content Manager, or Contributor in the Team Drive. 

Yes
Can I move folders?

It is not possible at this time to move folders from My Drive to 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 the role of Manager or Content Manager can delete files. After 30 days, all files/folders in trash are deleted permanently. Members with the role of Manager, Content Manager, or Contributor 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 It's 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 vary depending on application and OS.

My Drive is supported on mobile devices.

Last Updated: 
Monday, September 25, 2017