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Backup & Sync: The ridiculous steps you need to move the Google Drive from the C: drive to the D: drive

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/27

Unlike for instance DropBox, Google Backup & Sync does not allow you do move the Google Drive location in a one-step way. You have to go through below ridiculous steps to move it around yourself.

A comment on G+ indicated I should try Insync. Not free, but way more stable and more features.

[WayBack] Insync: A Mini Desktop File Manager For Your Google Drive

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[WayBack] Unlike for instance DropBox, Google Backup & Sync does not allow you do move … – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – G+

I got them via [Archive.is] Change default location of Backup and Sync Folder on disk. – Google Product Forums, rephrased and added screenshots:

  1. Quit Backup and Sync:
  2. Mirror the files to the D: drive:
    robocopy /mir "C:\Users\ix500\Google Drive" "D:\Users\ix500\Google Drive"
  3. Renamed the old directory:
    C:\Users\ix500>rename "Google Drive" "GoogleDrive.original"
  4. Started Backup and Sync:
  5. Got a second notification:
  6. Located the folder:
  7. Confirmed the location:
  8. Now the preferences shows the new location:

In the past, Google Drive did not have this feature either, but had different steps:

[WayBack] Change the Google Drive default folder | G Suite Tips

 

–jeroen

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