UPDATED: Sorry for the confusion...the original post has been updated with correct info regarding this matter.
Unfortunately, I recently witnessed the first major instance of file tampering in Google Drive on the part of a student. A folder containing numerous files shared with students were maliciously moved from a teacher's shared folder and subsequently lost for everyone including the teacher. Fortunately, the teacher still has the original files, but now needs to re-upload them all from various different local folders...quite time-consuming. To protect yourself from this plausible risk, backup any folders that you share with students and be certain to set your share settings to View access.
Here's how backup works:
- Create a folder on your local computer to be the repository for the zip file that will become your backup.
- Select the folder you would like to backup by checking the box to the left of the folder title in "My Drive."
- Right-click on the folder and select "Download."
- Click on "MS Office" next to "Change all formats to:"
- Click "Download."
- Select the folder you created in step 1 and complete the download to that location.
The resulting backup will be a zip file containing the MS Office version of all your files that could easily be re-uploaded/converted to Google Docs format if necessary.
Just to clarify...students are NOT able to delete/move files in a folder shared with "View" access.