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Google Storage Changes

Google has historically provided unlimited data storage to Santa Clara University and other higher-education institutions. Google has recently announced the end of this policy, and in the coming months there will be new storage limits for Google Workspace at SCU, for Drive, Gmail, and Photos. 

What you should do now

DO NOT panic! Google Workspace might be the right solution for your needs; but we need your help to make sure we are all using this resource -- soon a limited resource -- responsibly.

DO remove unneeded files out of Google Workspace. Use the links below to see your current storage usage, and to delete files out of Drive and Gmail.

DO adhere to your department’s record-retention policies.

DO review your smartphone and tablet Google Photos app, and make sure that your personal photos are not being synchronized with your SCU account.

To see your largest files in Google Drive, and delete any files you no longer need: 

To review your files in Google Shared Drives, and delete any files you no longer need 

To see large emails in Gmail, and delete any you no longer need: 

Once you’ve done some clean-up, files will remain in Gmail Trash or Google Docs Trash for 30 days before being automatically deleted. These files in Trash still count towards your current storage usage. You can empty your Trash to delete these files, or just leave the files there for 30 days, after which they will be automatically deleted. Once deleted, you will see the corresponding reduction in your storage usage.



To see how much storage you are using in Google Workspace:

If voluntary storage clean-up doesn’t reduce our domain-wide storage usage, it may be necessary to impose quotas so that SCU as a whole can stay within the pooled storage limit without additional ongoing cost.

The files you own count toward your storage usage in Google Workspace. Files shared with you don’t count towards your storage usage. To see who owns a file or folder, right-click on the file or folder name, then click on “View details” -- if the file Owner is “me” then that file counts towards your storage usage.

In Google Drive, click on a file or folder name, then click on the “View details” icon:

For information from Google about how to download photos, or to move them to another account: 

 (Note, the Google Takeout service is not enabled at SCU, so this option for downloading your Google Photos is not available.)

Caution: The account you use as an employee may contain University-related files that include sensitive data that SCU is required by law to protect. Because of this, take care not to transfer University-related emails to any other account.

If you want to do a bulk transfer of your personal Google Docs to your non-SCU Google account, follow these steps:

1. In your SCU Google Drive, create a new Shared Drive and add your non-SCU Google account as a Manager.

2. In your non-SCU account, open the new Shared Drive. From here you can move files from the Shared Drive to My Drive. This will bulk-transfer ownership to your personal account.

More information:
  Detailed instructions:  How to move personal files from to (access is limited to SCU)
  Video: How to move personal files from to (access is limited to SCU)

Still need help?

Try out our Tips and Tricks for reducing your Google storage.

Check the Technology Training calendar for help with Google Workspace and the schedule for drop-in labs.

To request assistance in reducing your storage in Google Workspace, please contact the Technology Help Desk.

More information

More information from Google about managing your storage

Google’s announcement about storage limitations for higher-education institutions