I have more of an admin question - we are migrating from local document fileshare to SharePoint 2016 department by department at work .

The last time it took me 5 days to migrate 90 GB with a tool called migration tool which crushed couple of time as well , not so reliable . Tried syncing as well , that is pretty slow as well. So, my questions are:

  1. What is the fastest way to upload files (keeping the folder structure) to the SharePoint?


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    The simplest way is to create document library in SharePoint site. Open Document library and click on "Open in explorer" button. Copy-paste folders with files. – Raf Dec 5 '18 at 9:29

its depend upon many factors, i.e copying speed on your network, you farm infrastructure etc. As you mentioned you want to move it to SharePoint 2016, i think you have to test couple of methods.

  1. RoboCopy: Map the SharePoint document library as map drive then use ropocopy function to move the files to DL.
  2. Drag and Drop: In SharePoint 2016 you can use this functionality and simply drag the folders inside SharePoint library.
  3. Open with explorer: this option also very help in a lot of scenario but you have to test the speed again.

    Here is the article which is telling the story why it is slow in SP 2016. I would also recommend to use the Edge or chrome browser for drag n drop.

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    Note that with Drag & drop there is a limit of 100 files per upload batch. It's much more efficient to use option #3 to move large numbers of files, as there is no limit on the number of files you can transfer this way, and you can also copy nested folder structures. – Chris Odegard Dec 5 '18 at 14:06

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