Kite Drive is Thayer's cloud file storage and syncing service -- it's our custom, secure instance of Google Drive. To see and use your Kite Drive go to kite.dartmouth.edu/drive and log in with your @dartmouth.edu email address.
Kite Drive gives you unlimited storage space in Google's cloud. You can store any file type (Word Docs, PDF, images, video etc.) in your Kite Drive and you can also create Google Docs, Spreadsheets, and Forms from within your Drive. (see Collaborating with Google files ›)
Kite Drive also allows you to sync files with your computer, similar to other services like dropbox.com. With the Google Drive client app, you can access files stored in your Kite Drive through a folder on your local machine. Updates you make to documents stored in this Google Drive folder will be automatically synced up to your Drive. (see Syncing with your device ›)
Kite on the Web
Go to kite.dartmouth.edu/drive to log in. This will take you to a Dartmouth Web Authentication page where you will enter your NetID and password. If your log in is successful, you should be brought to a page like the one below, with the Kite logo in the upper lefthand corner.
You can also go to drive.google.com or open the Drive app in Chrome, type in your @dartmouth.edu address, and when you hit Next you will be taken to Dartmouth Web Authentication.
Collaborating with Google files: Google Docs, Sheets, Forms etc.
Syncing with File Stream
Drive File Stream is Google's enterprise tool for syncing files between your computer and your Kite Drive. It looks and behaves very much like an external drive -- you can think of it as as a thumb drive that holds all the contents of your Kite Drive except you can use File Stream simultaneously on any number of computers.
Working with files offline:
The File Stream application will show you all of the files stored in your Kite Drive, but it will only sync files when you click to open them for the first time. That means if you are offline you cannot access files that have never been synced.
If you need a file available offline, navigate to it in "Google Drive Files" in Windows Explorer or "Google Drive" in Mac Finder, right click and find Drive File Stream in the popup menu. In the Drive File Stream submenu, click "Available offline". You can do this for individual files, but it may be more convenient to make entire folders available offline. If you do this, all subfolder will also be kept cached on your computer, so bear in mind that this could consume a lot of space if you have lots of data somewhere in the folders you are making available offline as you may run out of space on your local drive.
Searching for files:
Searching for files within your Kite Drive is a little limited with the File Stream client. You can search for a folder or file by name, but if you search by keywords within the document, the file system may not show you a full list of all files containing that keyword. This is because the File Stream app will only store a file's title and metadata until you open it locally, at which time it will sync all the contents of the file, or when you force it to sync by making it available offline (see above).
As a workaround, you can use the web interface ( kite.dartmouth.edu/drive ) to search for any files you can't find in the File Stream client.
Folder & File metadata:
File Stream does not update the "Last modified" date of folders, even when you add or delete files.
Moving to File Stream
To install on a Thayer-owned computer, please contact email@example.com. (Newly-imaged Thayer-owned computers should already have File Stream installed.)
To install on your own device, download Drive File Stream from Google.
Please carefully read the instructions Google provides for moving from the old client, if you have that installed. Otherwise, install the client and log in using your full Dartmouth email address, followed by your NetID and password when prompted.
Google Drive sync client (deprecated)
Get the Google Drive client:
Finding your Google Drive folder
After you open and run the application -- the first time you do, you'll go through a series of prompts and have to log in with your NetID and password, then you'll be asked what folders you want to sync -- you'll have a couple different ways of viewing and syncing your Kite Drive files. One way is to open the Google Drive client from Programs/Applications, but Drive also sets up shortcuts:
If you click this, a window should appear and the first option will be Open Google Drive folder. When you click, a Windows Explorer window should appear, open to your special Google Drive folder:You can also access this view directly by clicking on the Folder icon on your task bar and then clicking Google Drive in the left hand navigation panel.
The Google Drive client will place an icon in the menu bar at the top of your desktop:
If you click this, a window should appear and the first option will be Open Google Drive folder. When you click, a Finder window should appear, open to your special Google Drive folder. You can also navigate to this file in Finder.
Updating what you're syncing
A note on accessing shared files using the Google Drive client
Other Google Drive clients
We have some experience accessing Drive data using alternative sync clients, including Expandrive, rclone, FUSE, and others. Contact us for more information if, for example, you are trying to access lots of Drive data without syncing it all to your local storage.
Sharing files with others
- When you have a Google file open -- Docs, Sheets etc (although the process for sharing Forms is notably different, see below) -- you will see a Share button in the upper right hand corner.
- From a Folder view, you can click on any file name and then click on the Share icon in the top right
- And if you are looking at a preview of a regular non-Google file (i.e. Word Doc, Excel sheet, jpg etc), you can click on the stack of dots in the upper right to find the Share option.
No matter which option you use, the Share window should look like this when it opens:
Here is where you can enter @dartmouth.edu addresses of the people you want to share with. If you click the pencil icon to the right, you can limit the permissions of the people you're sharing with. The options are Can edit, Can comment, and Can view (i.e. read-only).
You can also choose to Get a shareable link which you can then email to your collaborators. If you want to share with firstname.lastname@example.org emails, you MUST get the shareable link and change the default sharing settings!
Changing Sharing Permissions
To share with with people outside Dartmouth or people using alternate Dartmouth email address forms (like email@example.com), follow the steps above to open the Share window, then:
- click the Get shareable link button
- click on "Anyone at Dartmouth Kite with the link can view" to open the drop down menu (image below)
- click More... at the bottom of the dropdown
You should see a menu that looks like this:
Here is where you can choose to make the file available to Anyone with the link or make it totally public (not recommended).
In the window that pops up, under the "General" tab, uncheck the Restrict to Dartmouth Kite users option:
Finding files shared with you
IMPORTANT: More likely than not, you must be logged in to Kite Drive with your @dartmouth.edu address to access files shared with you by other Kite users. If you want to find out how to seamlessly switch between Google Accounts, see our Managing Multiple Google Accounts article ›
In the left hand navigation bar of your Drive, you'll find the Shared with me button that will take you to a folder where all documents shared with you will end up (they will not initially appear in your home folder)
To make these easier to access or to sync shared files to your local Google Drive client you can move them to your Drive home folder:
Right click (Ctrl+click on Mac) on the file you want to send to the My Drive folder, then find the Add to My Drive icon
Now the file will appear both in your home Drive folder, and in the Shared with me section. You can choose to move it to a sub folder by right-clicking again and choosing the Move option.
For more information about sharing in Google Drive, see Google's own documentation ›