On The Chromebook: File Management

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  • On a Chromebook, downloads from the web are directed to the Files app.
  • Artifacts that remain in this location can only be accessed from the device (i.e. no cloud access). Therefore, this should be a temporary storage location only!
  • Artifacts can can be dragged from the Downloads folder in the Files app to Google Drive using the shortcut in the left-hand sidebar.

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  • USB flash drives will show up here, as well as memory cards from a digital camera if your Chromebook is equipped with an SD card slot.
  • Note that USB drives and SD cards should not be removed before clicking on the ‘Eject’ icon next to the device listed in the sidebar. This is to prevent the corruption of the data stored there.

Google Drive

  • Chromebooks have a limited amount of storage space so it is important to store your files inside of Google Drive.
  • This also prevents the loss of data due to equipment failure since your files are saved in the cloud.

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  • Depending on what type of Google account you have, you may or may not have a limit on the amount of storage available. Google grants users who have G Suite for Work and Education accounts much more cloud storage space than standard account users. Standard account users do have the option to upgrade their storage by choosing from several pay-for options.
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