Storage at USC

ITS provides four options for the online storage of files and documents to the USC community. This page provides descriptions of these services, information on accessing and using these services, and a comparison of these options so that faculty, staff, and students may determine their best storage option.

Click the links below for information on the online storage services available through ITS:

Comparison of Online Storage Options

This chart provides users with a feature comparison of the various online storage platforms available to the USC community.

Service Name Who can use it? How can I access it? What can I do with it? Data Security
Google Drive All USC faculty, staff, and students Through desktop and mobile applications or through any desktop or mobile web browser. Store an unlimited number of documents.

Share files with students and colleagues with Google accounts around the world.

Edit your Google documents online using Google’s productivity software.

Upload files of various sizes. See the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides size limits page for more information.

USC-provided Google Drive (Google Apps at USC) accounts are approved for the storage of many types of restricted information, including data covered under HIPAA and FERPA. Additional controls may be required, depending on the type of data and relevant regulations. For questions, please contact the Office of Compliance at compliance@usc.edu.
OneDrive for Business (Office 365) USC faculty and staff who have a Microsoft Office 365 account managed by USC Information Technology Services (ITS) Through desktop and mobile applications or through the Outlook Web App (OWA) on any supported desktop or mobile browser. Store up to 5 terabytes of documents.

Share files with other USC Office 365 account holders, students, and anyone with a Microsoft account.

Edit your documents online using Microsoft’s Office Online software.

Upload files up to 10 gigabytes in size.

USC-provided OneDrive (Microsoft Office 365) accounts are approved for the storage of many types of restricted information, including data covered under HIPAA and FERPA. Additional controls may be required, depending on the type of data and relevant regulations. For questions, please contact the Office of Compliance at compliance@usc.edu.
USC Dropbox

All USC faculty Through desktop and mobile applications or through any desktop or mobile web browser. Store up to 15 gigabytes of documents.

Share files with colleagues with Dropbox accounts around the world.

Securely store HIPAA- and FERPA-protected documents.

Upload files of any size through the Dropbox desktop and mobile applications.

USC-provided Dropbox accounts are approved for the storage of many types of restricted information, including data covered under HIPAA and FERPA. Additional controls may be required, depending on the type of data and relevant regulations. For questions, please contact the Office of Compliance at compliance@usc.edu.
USC Drive All USC faculty and graduate students Through the desktop of a Windows or Mac computer. See itservices.usc.edu/uscdrive/access for details. Store up to 50 gigabytes of files for free. Additional storage may be purchased from ITS. For more information, see itservices.usc.edu/uscdrive.

Upload large files via a high-speed connection.

USC Drive accounts are approved for access directly from the USC wired network, USC Secure Wireless network, or via a USC VPN connection. USC Drive accounts are approved for storing some restricted data, including FERPA-related information. Please note that additional controls may be required, depending on the type of data and relevant regulations. (Contact usc-ciso@usc.edu for additional information.)

Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage service that allows USC faculty, staff, and students to upload, create, edit, and work collaboratively with others on a variety of documents online. The service comes with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, a collection of apps designed for developing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other files stored on Google Drive. Faculty, staff, and students may store an unlimited number of documents in Google Drive.

For more information on Google Drive, see itservices.usc.edu/googledrive.

Access and Use Instructions

To access your USC Google Drive account from a desktop or mobile browser, log in at www.usc.edu/googledrive.

For information on how to install Google Drive desktop and mobile applications, see itservices.usc.edu/googledrive/apps.

For information on how to use Google Drive, see itservices.usc.edu/googledrive/using.

Microsoft One Drive for Business

OneDrive for Business is an online document storage and sharing tool that USC faculty and staff can access through their ITS-provided Office 365 account. OneDrive for Business files can be shared with other USC Office 365 account holders and external (non-USC Office 365) users. Faculty and staff can use Office Online (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) software to work with files in OneDrive for Business and up to 5 terabytes of documents can be stored.

For more information on OneDrive for Business, see itservivces.usc.edu/onedrive.

Access and Use Instructions

To access your USC OneDrive for Business account from a desktop or mobile browser, log in at www.usc.edu/office365.

For information on how to install OneDrive for Business desktop and mobile applications, see itservices.usc.edu/office365/onedrive/apps.

For information on how to use OneDrive for Business, see itservices.usc.edu/office35/onedrive/using.

USC Dropbox

USC Dropbox accounts allow USC faculty to upload, store, and share a variety of files with others online. USC Dropbox accounts are approved for the storage of some restricted information, including data protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

For more information on USC Dropbox, see itservices.usc.edu/dropbox.

Access and Use Instructions

To access your USC Dropbox account from a desktop or mobile browser, log in at www.usc.edu/dropbox.

For information on how to install Dropbox desktop and mobile applications, see itservices.usc.edu/dropox/apps.

For information on how to use your USC Dropbox account, see the Dropbox Business User Guide.

USC Drive

USC faculty, postdocs, and graduate students are allotted 50 GB of free storage on USC Drive, the university’s high-performance storage system, and may purchase additional storage as needed.

For more information on USC Drive, see itservices.usc.edu/uscdrive

Access and Use Instructions

For instructions on accessing USC Drive from a PC or Mac, see itservices.usc.edu/uscdrive/access.

For information on how to use USC Drive, see itservices.usc.edu/uscdrive/using.

Getting Help

For assistance using any of these storage options, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.