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Content Migration in Box

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View instructions on using the various methods of migrating content to Box. For instructions on migrating content using other methods. please refer to the instructions below:

Note: See the section below to determine which migration method would be best suited, based on the file size and/or number of files.

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How Much Content Do You Want To Migrate To Box?

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Recommended Migration Methods Based on File Size

 

1-10 GB

11-50 GB

51-100 GB

101-500 GB

501+ GB

Use Box Sync

X

 

 

 

 

Drag & Drop

X

 

 

 

 

Bulk Upload

X

X

 

 

 

Use FTP

 

X

X

X

 

Upload Folders

 

 

X

 

 

Box Migration Service

 

 

 

X

 

Contact OIT

 

 

 

 

X

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Recommended Migration Methods Based on the Number of Files

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  • Drag and Drop: 1-100 files at a time
  • Upload Folders: 1-500 files at a time
  • Sync 4: Up to 100,000 files maximum
  • Passive FTP: Batch up to 150,000 files at one time
  • API: Batch up to 50,000 files at one time
  • Migration Services: Contact Box if you have more than 1,000,000 files
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Best Practices for Content Migration

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Once you determine what you plan to keep and work with in Box, you must prepare your content. Here are some rules to consider when preparing your files for migration.

  1. No single folder can contain more than 8,000 files. For the best performance, have at most 2,000 files in one folder.
  2. Folder names can’t be longer than 100 characters.
  3. File paths can’t be longer than 255 characters.
  4. No two folders within the same parent can have the same name. For example, the “Magical Creatures” folder can have only one “Unicorn” folder.
  5. File and folder names cannot have leading spaces. So “_narwhals” will need to be renamed to “narwhals.”
  6. Certain characters are not allowed in Box file or folder names. You must first remove all special characters from names for content you wish to migrate.
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Characters Not Allowed

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  • backslash \
  • slash /
  • double quote "
  • colon :
  • less-than
  • greater-than >
  • pipe |
  • asterisk *
  • question mark ?
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Content Migration From Other Apps

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You can also migrate content from other cloud services, such as Google Apps and Dropbox.

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Self-Help Resources

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Additionally, you can view or download guides and read answers to frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Box User Guide

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Need More Training?

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See self-paced and live training options for using Box at BCM.