Cloud Computing Concepts · Productivity

Out of room on your Laptop SSD to sync all your Google Drive files?

I ran into this problem recently on my Ultrabook – I didn’t have enough room to sync my entire Google Drive Folder to it!

It has a 128Gig Solid State Hard Drive internally .. buut ~15gig is the recovery partition, another ~15-20gig is used by the Operating system .. 30gig by programs and development tools .. it fills up quick.

– I could spend hundreds to upgrade the SSD to a 256/512Gig, OR –
Since the Ultrabook  does have a Flash Drive port…
I simply added a $40.00 128Gig Flash Drive.

microsd-128gb
You could do the same with a USB flash drive.

Remember – Always make a backup copy – I backed up all my google Drive data to an external hard drive first..

After making a backup, I moved my Google Drive folder to a new location on the 128Gig flash drive I inserted. … thus enabling me to have a complete backup (removable) and freed up the space on my overcrowded SSD!

Google Apps Tips has a good writeup and plenty of discussion on it, but here are the steps.

When you download Google Drive to your PC a default folder will be created in C:\Users\[your name]\Google Drive. If you want to change the name or location of this folder you can do so by following the steps below. This tip is useful if you need the Google Drive folder to have a standard url for all your company – for 3rd party apps for example.

  1. Click on the Google Drive icon in your system tray (usually bottom right of your Windows task bar)
  2. Click on the 3 dots icon top right and choose Preferences
  3. Click on the Account tab and choose Disconnect account, your Drive will be disconnected but your files will stay on your PC
  4. Click on the Google Drive icon again
  5. Sign in when asked, step through the set up until you reach a screen with the option Advanced setup or Finished – click on Advanced setup
  6. Click Change to choose the folder name and location – if you choose an existing folder it must be empty
  7. Your files will now be re-synced down to your PC in this new location
  8. Delete the old folder and files – if you want to.
An alternative method, without disconnecting your account:
  1. Click on the Google Drive icon in your system tray
  2. Choose Quit Google Drive
  3. Now move the Google Drive folder within Windows Explorer to a new location – or rename it
  4. Restart Google Drive from Start –> All Programs
  5. Google Drive will warn you that it can’t find the folder, click on the Google Drive icon again and chooseError – Google Drive folder is missing
  6. A window will open up, choose Locate folder and go find the new Google Drive folder.

Both methods work equally well, I used the second one in order to save some sync’ing time.

Now I’ve got an extra 10gig free on my Ultrabook’s hard drive, AND all 40gig of my Google Drive files are now synced up to the 128gig micro flash drive – with room to spare.

And, its’ very easy to secure all your data .. pull out the flash drive, and throw it in the safe!

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