Move files and folders to SharePoint 2010

Posted on 2012-09-17
Last Modified: 2012-10-15
We have several files and folders currently in shared folders that we would like to move to our sharepoint site. What is the best method of doing this.
We have about 1TB of data to migrate to SharePoint 2010 Enterprise
Question by:vmdude
    LVL 51

    Expert Comment

    Well most people don't realize that SharePoint supports WebDAV so, you can convert HTTP URL's to folders like so;

    However there are some issues you need to be aware of.
    By default the maximum file upload size is 50 MB
    Thousands of files per folder can kill performance
    Deeply nested folders should be avoided
    Avoid Content databases larger than 200 GB

    Here is more about the size limits for content databases

    You can build larger content databases but for decent performance you should ensure high quality hardware.

    You can spread the load of content databases across multiple site collections.  Each web application in SharePoint can have many site collections which can be spread over multiple content databases.  So if you split up your files across multiple site collections you will be OK.

    NOTE: If your current folder structure is legacy files that don't change much and are already backed up there can be a disadvantage to accessing them in SharePoint due to overhead of moving them in/out of a web front end and a database.
    LVL 6

    Author Comment

    Thank you for responding. We do have a large amount of files but I think its more that there is a large amount of small files rather that any large ones.

    With regards to actual migration of data, is there any tool that allows this and keeps the same folder structure?
    LVL 51

    Assisted Solution

    You can drag and drop using Windows Explorer using the UNC path I mentioned just like a regular path or you can use the DOS command line and use xcopy
    LVL 38

    Accepted Solution


    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    Note:  There are two main ways to deploy InfoPath forms:  Server-side and directly through the SharePoint site.  Deploying a server-side InfoPath form means the form is approved by the Administrator, thus allowing greater functionality in the form. …
    I thought I'd write this up for anyone who has a request to create an anonymous whistle-blower-type submission form created using SharePoint 2010 (this would probably work the same for 2013). It's not 100% fool-proof but it's as close as you can get…
    Need more eyes on your posted question? Go ahead and follow the quick steps in this video to learn how to Request Attention to your question. *Log into your Experts Exchange account *Find the question you want to Request Attention for *Go to the e…
    Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.

    779 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    9 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now