Step 2. Prepare & download files from SFU Vault - Web Browser


Learn how to download files from SFU Vault (web) and prepare for migration.



This article describes how to download files from SFU Vault (web) and prepare for migration. See other options:



Step 1. Go to SFU Vault ( on your web browser. Log in with your SFU computing ID and password.

SFU Vault login page

Step 2. Under the "All Files" tab on the left menu bar, click on the "select all" checkbox to select all the files and folders stored in your SFU Vault, then select "Download". 

SFU Vault files
I have shared files. Should I download them?

To ensure access to your shared files, we recommend downloading all your shared files.

Depending on your situation, the owner of the shared files may mention that you won’t be required to migrate the file and will re-share the file post-migration. In that case, you may choose not to download the shared files

If you own shared files, you will need to download your files and share them to users again once you have migrated the files.

I have a lot of files. What should I know?
We recommend segmenting your downloads into batches. For example, you may choose to download select files or folders in smaller batches instead of all at once if you have many large files or folders. We recommend downloading files and folders in batches no larger than 500 MB each time.

Step 3. Locate the downloaded zip file on your computer:

  • Windows OS: Your downloaded file is called "". Right-click on the file, select "Extract" to <your folder> using "WinRAR" or "7-ZIP". A new unzipped folder is now created with all your files.
  • Mac OS: Your downloaded file is called "download.tar". Select and open the file. A new unzipped folder is now created with all your files.

Note: For Windows users, use WinRAR or 7-ZIP to extract files. The default Windows Zip App ignores all files with names containing special characters when extracting, which can potentially lead to missing files.

Step 4. Once a new unzipped folder has been created with your files, you are then ready to migrate the files to your choice of location:

  • OneDrive (web/desktop) is recommended for individual storage, or
  • Microsoft Teams is recommended for collaborative groups; only available to staff and faculty.

Step 3. Upload Files to New Location

Unsure which solution to choose? For recommendations on how to select the migration solution that matches your needs, go back to Step 1: Review possible migration options to review the options available. 

Note: We recommend keeping your existing files on SFU Vault and even after completing the migration process. It is recommended to have files in SFU Vault as additional backup for the migration.




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