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Get Started with Box Drive

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The vendor's documentation recommends that you uninstall Box Sync before installing Box Drive. Cornell's installer takes care of this for you.

If you already had Box Drive installed, you do not need to follow the install steps below. It will update automatically to include the new features.

Box Sync and Box Drive are two separate desktop applications that give you the ability to access Box content from your desktop environment. We recommend Box Drive, which has been upgraded to include the "Marked for Offline" feature.

  • Managed Desktop users on Mac: Select Self-Service, Optional Software, then Box Drive.
  • Managed Desktop user on Windows: Select Software Center, Applications, then Box Drive

Installation is quite fast. A Log In screen will open when the app is installed.

  1. On the Box Login screen, select Use Single Sign On (SSO).
  2. Enter your NetID@cornell.edu address, then click Log In. You'll see the CUWebLogin screen.
  3. Log in with your NetID and associated password. You may also see Cornell's Two-Step Login prompt.

After a short delay (perhaps a minute), a new Box desktop shortcut will appear and a Welcome to Box window will open.

The vendor's online documentation for Box Drive is quite good. The right sidebar includes many useful links.

If you had Box Sync installed before you installed Box Drive, your Box Sync folder will continue to exist, but it will no longer sync across your devices. It is just a regular folder now.

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