1. Introduction

From strategizing to executing, the page provides complete information about Box to OneDrive migration, including identifying and overcoming challenges, understanding user role changes, and planning the migration and executing it.

If you are short of time, contact our migration team to learn how CloudFuze can help. Or watch this migration video:

If you are also planning to migrate to SharePoint Online, refer to this Box to SharePoint Online migration guide.

2. Box to OneDrive Migration Challenges

To migrate files from Box to OneDrive, IT admins need to rely on a third-party tool like CloudFuze since manual migration cannot migrate sharing permissions or other Box-specific features.

Challenges IT teams face when planning to move files from Box to OneDrive.

  • Migrating many user accounts and large size data
  • Migrating special characters, file names, and file path length unsupported in Microsoft 365.
  • Migrating sharing permissions (root and subfolders)
  • Converting and migrating Box-native features such as Box Notes to relevant formats in Microsoft 365
  • Migrating Box shared links, external shares, file version history, timestamps, etc
  • Ensuring data security
  • Monitoring and tracking the migration project progress

3. CloudFuze’s Box to OneDrive Migration Tool

CloudFuze offers a quick, secure, and convenient way to transfer files from Box to OneDrive (Microsoft 365). The tool is especially useful for enterprises, universities, and other large organizations.

CloudFuze is Microsoft’s Gold Partner and has migrated some of the world’s largest organizations to Microsoft 365, including The US Senate. Access our US Senate case study here.

US Senate case study

4. CloudFuze Features at a Glance

Platform Features:

  • Backed by enterprise-grade infrastructure
  • RESTful API platform
  • Cloud-native architecture
  • Powerful admin controls
  • Multi-tenant ready
  • OAuth-based Box/Microsoft 365 accounts authentication
  • US-based SOC 1 and SOC 2 certified data centers
  • SaaS servers (ideal for small migrations), dedicated instances (for large migrations), and deployable in a customer’s cloud or data center (ideal for enterprises, universities, and government agencies)

Migration Features:

  • One-time & delta (incremental) migration
  • Sub-folder permissions migration
  • Root file and folder permissions migration
  • File version history migration
  • External shares migration
  • Shared links migration
  • Box Notes conversion and migration
  • Custom feature development based on your need

Learn about CloudFuze’s Box to OneDrive migration-specific features here.

CloudFuze vs Competitor Migration Tools

Migration Features CloudFuze Competitors
One-time migration Yes Yes
Delta migration Yes Yes
Root folder permissions Yes Yes
Sub folder permissions Yes No
Root file permissions Yes No
Inner file permissions Yes No
External shares Yes No
Shared links Yes No
Timestamps Yes No
Comments Yes No
Long folder path Yes No
Special characters replacement Yes No
Embedded links Yes No
Versions Yes No
Selective versions Yes No
Suppressing email notifications Yes No
Comparison delta Yes No

5. Key Areas To Focus on When Migrating From Box to OneDrive

Planning plays a crucial role in the successful completion of the migration project. The following are some of the key areas to focus on while planning to switch to OneDrive from Box.

Planning the Box to OneDrive Migration

Data size and the number of users to migrate

The total data size and the number of user accounts to migrate determine the overall cost of the migration project. They also determine the time it takes to move files from Box to OneDrive for Business.

Permissions Migration

Retaining and migrating permissions and file sharing rules is the most critical part of a cloud storage migration project. Unlike single-user (personal) cloud storage platforms, enterprise content management systems have complex file sharing and access permissions between multiple users.

CloudFuze’s Box migration engine ensures secure delivery of not only files and folders but also the permissions.

Changes in user roles when you move Box to OneDrive.

Box OneDrive
Owner Owner
Co-Owner Manager
Viewer Uploader Edit
Previewer Uploader Edit
Uploader Edit
Editor Edit
Previewer Reload
Viewer Reload

OneDrive for Business (Microsoft 365) Environment

The following picture shows you how the individual and shared folders look like in Box and OneDrive.

Folders in Box and OneDrive for Business

The Time It Takes to Move Box Files to OneDrive

The duration of migration depends on several factors. We put up a list below for a quick reference.

  • The size of the data
  • The number of users
  • The number of files and folders
  • The average size of each file
  • The depth of folders and the complexity of the folder structure

User Onboarding Plan

Organizations must work on an onboarding strategy and have it aligned with the overall plan to migrate from Box to OneDrive. Proper training can help employees use OneDrive correctly.

6. Migrate Files from Box to OneDrive with CloudFuze

By using CloudFuze to transfer your Box files to OneDrive, you are working with a fully supported system that boasts massive migration capabilities. The app can efficiently migrate petabytes of data and hundreds of users in just days, not months.

CloudFuze is highly secure and backed by the state-of-the-art server infrastructure that transfers up to 7 terabytes of data in one hour.

7. Box to OneDrive Migration Guide

You must have a CloudFuze account to initiate the migration. You can create an account to test the service or for more details.

If you need to migrate a lot of data or many users, we recommend that you get in touch with our support team.

Here is how you copy files from Box to OneDrive shown in the following simple steps.

1. Log into the CloudFuze Web App

CloudFuze webapp

Once you create and log into your CloudFuze account, you will be shown a list of cloud services supported by CloudFuze.

To proceed, you must add your source (Box) and target cloud (OneDrive for Business).

2. Add Your Source Cloud, Box or Box Business

Adding Box to CloudFuze

Click on the Box icon and enter your Box admin login credentials to authorize the account.

Note: CloudFuze uses OAuth protocol for cloud authorization. The platform can’t access or save your Box login credentials.

3. Add Your Destination Cloud, OneDrive for Business

Adding OneDrive for Business to CloudFuze

Click on the OneDrive for Business icon and authorize your OneDrive account with Microsoft 365 admin credentials. In addition to OneDrive for Business, CloudFuze also supports Box to SharePoint Online migration.

4. Select Your Source (Box) and Destination (OneDrive for Business) Clouds

Choosing source and destination cloud

Click on the Team Migration icon on the left navigation menu and choose your source and target clouds. Please make sure that you choose Box as the source and OneDrive as the destination cloud.

5. Map and Select Users

Mapping users

Click on the Auto Map button (located on the middle of the page) to auto map users. Upon clicking on the Auto Map button, the system lists down all the users in Box that can be migrated. Choose a few or all users as per your requirement.

6. Preview and Initiate the Migration

Migration preview and initiation

Preview the migration job name and click on Start Migration. The migration will be initiated, and the status can be seen on this final page. Just click on the names of the migration jobs to see the detailed reports for each migration. That’s it!

8. Box to OneDrive Migration FAQs

1. How quickly can I transfer files from Box to OneDrive?

As mentioned earlier, Box file transfer speeds greatly depend on the number of users and the size of the data to be migrated. Besides, factors such as throttling and rate limitation from Box and OneDrive can affect migration speed.

2. I see two Box icons in the CloudFuze web application. What are they?

CloudFuze supports both personal (single-user) and business (multi-user) migration. Click on the Box icon under single user section if you are planning to migrate personal files. Go with Box Business-Admin under the Business Clouds section for business/enterprise migration.

3. Will CloudFuze be able to convert Box Notes to MS Doc files?

Yes, CloudFuze supports Box Notes migration to OneDrive.

4. Will CloudFuze retain file versions after migration?

Yes, CloudFuze offers versioning migration as a core feature of the product.

5. What should I keep handy to initiate Box to OneDrive migration?

In case of a personal data migration, you need the login credentials of Box and OneDrive. If it is a business migration, you need Box admin or co-admin login credentials as well as global admin login information of OneDrive (Office 365).

CloudFuze offers fully-managed enterprise content migration solutions for clients who don’t wish to use the self-service model. Please chat with our support team or send an email to support@cloudfuze.com for more information.

6. Should I continue everyday work when migrating files from Box to OneDrive?

Definitely. Since cloud migration of CloudFuze is a copy-and-paste action, you can resume your company’s work at the source cloud when the migration is in progress. The entire migration flows through CloudFuze’s migration server, and the end-users will not face any kind of interruption.

7. What timestamps to retain when copying Box to OneDrive?

When performing the migration with CloudFuze, you get the option to choose between created and modified timestamp transfers.

8. How to move files from Box to OneDrive if throttling occurs?

CloudFuze has a re-try mechanism which reinitiates the migration during transfer rate throttling. The re-try mechanism successfully resumes migration by complying with the wait time of the throttling.

9. Will TBs/PBs of data be a heavy load when migrating all content from Box to OneDrive?

No data size is too large for cloud migration with CloudFuze. Our migration team performs the migration in batches if the data size is in several hundred TBs or PBs.

10. How many delta migrations are needed to transfer incremental changes in Box to OneDrive?

A single delta migration does a good job of migrating all the incremental changes. However, with CloudFuze’s managed migration, you can request multiple delta migrations.

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