Box Drive: securely store and share files from your desktop

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Published April 25, 2018

by Benjamin Blanchet

UBbox offers unlimited, secure storage to UB students, faculty and staff from any device. With Box Drive, you can access your UBbox files as though they were on your desktop... without taking up as much space.

Easy and convenient to use


Benjamin Blanchett

Benjamin Blanchet (UB student, Class of 2018) is an English major with an interest in journalism. After graduating from UB, he hopes to attend grad school and pursue a career writing about music and the arts. An Albany, NY native, Benjamin enjoys biking and reading in his spare time.

Made available in June 2017 as "beta" software for testing purposes, Box Drive is now in full production and available to everyone.

Box Drive creates a new virtual drive in your device’s file explorer or finder, giving you all the powers of UBbox—like instant, secure backups you can edit anywhere—right from your desktop.

Open and save files to Box Drive just as you would any other folder or drive on your computer. The app also includes a search bar for finding files.

Sharing files through Box Drive is easy: simply right click the file to generate a shareable link or email the file.

I already use Box Sync. Is this different?

Because Box Drive creates a mapped drive to all your online files, it’s best on devices with an Internet connection. Box Sync, a similar program available for UBbox, syncs any files you’ve specifically marked for offline access to your hard drive; it’s also preferable for editing larger-scale media files.

Box recommends that you don’t have both apps installed at the same time, and instead choose the app that best suits your needs.

We’re here for you

If you have any questions about UBbox or Box Drive, simply visit, call 716-645-3542, or stop by the UBIT Help Center in Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary or Abbott Health Sciences Library for further assistance. 

UB Tech Squad can also meet UB students anywhere on campus with questions.