ITS provides two 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.||
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 accounts are approved for the storage of public and internal use only data as stated in the USC Data Classification Standard. They are not approved for the storage of HIPAA-regulated data. Additional controls may be required, depending on the type of data and relevant regulations. For questions, please contact the TrojanSecure team at TrojanSecure@usc.edu.|
|OneDrive for Business (Office 365)||All USC faculty, staff, and students||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. Higher limits available upon request if you are over 4.5TB, max 25TB.
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.
Securely store HIPAA- and FERPA-protected documents.
Upload files up to 10 gigabytes in size.
|USC-provided OneDrive (Microsoft Office 365) accounts are approved for the storage of Confidential Data as stated in the USC Data Classification Standard, including data covered under FERPA regulations. Additional controls may be required, depending on the type of data and relevant regulations. For questions, please contact the TrojanSecure team at TrojanSecure@usc.edu.|
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 in total storage in Google Workspace (Gmail, Drive, etc.) up to a max of 15GB of storage.
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.
OneDrive for Business is an online document storage and sharing tool that USC faculty, staff, and students 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, staff, and students 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/onedrive.
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.
For assistance using any of these storage options, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.