The upcoming migration from Dropbox to Google Drive is being facilitated by a third-party vendor who will migrate all existing data between the two services with little to no action required by end users. However, due to the nature of the migration tools being used, we are being asked to have end users move any folders with a depth of 8 or more to the root of their Home directory. This article will go into what exactly this means, what an end user has to do, and how to do it.
What is Folder Depth?
Folder depth is a measurement of how many parent folders a particular folder has. For instance, let's say you have a folder, Classes, in your Home directory. The Classes folder has a folder depth of 1. The individual subject folders inside of Classes (Algebra, Chemistry, and Japanese) have a folder depth of 2. Any folders inside of Algebra, Chemistry, or Japanese would have a folder depth of 3 and so on.
An easy way of determining the folder depth of a directory is to count folders to the right of "Davidson College" as shown below:
How Can I Help?
If you're reading this article, you likely received an email notifying you that you had a folder over the 8 folder depth limit. The easiest way to resolve this is to locate the folder in question and move it to the Home directory:
1. Select the folder and click Move.
2. In the resulting pop-up window, select the folder shown below and choose Davidson College.
This would be a good place to take a screen shot of the original location to help you reorganize once the migration is complete. If you have a lot of folders to move, it may make sense to keep track of this information in a Google Doc or spreadsheet.
3. Click Move.
Another important thing to note is that after the migration to Google Drive is complete, you can move the folder anywhere you'd like in Drive including the equivalent of its "original location" in the new service. Folder depth is only a concern for the migration itself.