What's a team drive:
A team drive is a collaboration cloud storage that offers unlimited storage space for the members in it.
Get free ccsf/swccd team drives(shared drives) every 24 hours here:
University of Sheffield: https://gdrive.zppcw.cn/
Taiwan ChungCheng University: https://gd.404edu.workers.dev/
Multiple schools: https://td.fastio.me/
(The first column is the name of your new team drive. The second column is your gmail address.)
(Feel free to share these links to anyone!!! Let more people to know about them!)
How long does it last:
Normally forever. Because normally the only chance for a team drive to get deleted is when the school/organisation decides to unsubscribe from g-suit plan. Since g-suit education and non-profit is free, it is basically impossible for you to lost your data in team drives. (If your team drive is hosted on edu/non-profit accounts such as ccsf, swccd etc...)
1. Unlimited storage:
"Unlike files in My Drive, files in a shared drive belong to the team instead of an individual. Even if team members leave, the files stay in the team drive so you—and the rest of the team—can continue to access information and get work done."
That means if you upload some stuff to the team drives, even if you leave the team drive, the files still stay!
Because the files belongs to that team drive instead of your account.
2. Almost impossible to be deleted
It is almost impossible for an admin to delete team drive.
See this thread:
The admins can restrict a particular team drive: https://support.google.com/a/answer/7662202?hl=en&ref_topic=7337266
But all of these are tedious to do, especially in bulk. So school admins won't bother to do that.
So it will be 100% safe if you are using team drive for personal storage.
It is also the best place for sharing piracy files publicly (Not folder, since you can't share a folder in a team drive directly.) Since even if a file is reported and deleted because of copyright issues, it won't affect any of your accounts.
If your team drive files received a lot of copyright infringement. It might get the school admins' attention and get deleted. But chances are very rare and I have never heard that.
The only way that team drives may be deleted is when the school or the company cancel their g-suite subscription. Then the team drives that belongs to their domain will be deleted. But that is almost impossible to happen. (Especially for schools, since g-suite for education is free of charge.)
Maximum 400000 files in a team drive (That means size doesn't matter. Only the number of files matter!)
Maximum members in a team drive: 600 (But you can add members in a google group to bypass the limit.)
You can't share folders in a team drive publicly (But you can share multiple files.)