Quicker way to migrate files to Sharepoint Online site

Kevin used Ask the Experts™
Good Evening,

My company's headquarters has assigned a Sharepoint site to our location. The sharepoint version looks to be 'Sharepoint Online' when I compare other versions according to this URL:


I do have administrator/owner rights to this sharepoint site, but no access to the backend (where the code etc resides).

I have been given the task to transfer all of the companies files (about 500 GBs) from a Windows 2008 R2 file server to the sharepoint site.

However due to slow speeds it doesn’t seem logical. Headquarters has said they cannot assist in the upload of the files.

So…. My question is not about how to increase my speeds. I would like to know if there is a third-party company that offers a service that assists in transferring large amounts of data to Sharepoint.

Kindly advise.

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I use syncbackpro for this but no matter the option you use you have to transfer the file somewhere and are limited by your upload speed.
SharePoint AED
Distinguished Expert 2018
Good point made above.

A few other things to consider,
  • Uploading to your SharePoint Online is throttled by Microsoft. It is something they do so they can manage performance of the system.
  • Sharegate makes a very good tool that will do what you need it to do. It is reasonably priced. They are not limited by any bandwidth throttling so you file transfer will be very fast.

Hope that helps..
KevinInformation Technology


Thank you both for the information.

I was able to find a tool by Microsoft called Sharepoint Migration Tool.

I see that there are limitations with this tool, but it's free and management likes free.

If it doesn't work out then I will probably try one of the tools both of you recommend.

@Walter, thank you for telling me that Microsoft throttles the bandwidth. I had no idea. Makes more sense on what is happening with the speeds.
Walter CurtisSharePoint AED
Distinguished Expert 2018

You're welcome. Glad that helped..

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