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Cleaning up Google Drive (for instance when a rogue supplier decides to fill your Windows Documents folder) and preventing TomTom HOME to use too much information

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/12

The below links helped me clean the Google Drive of a friend that grew way too large because TomTom HOME decided to put 100 gigabyte of data in the Documents folder instead of the local AppData folder (yup, this is a follow-up of Windows applications: storing your data in the correct place (Roaming, Local, LocalLow, not Documents)).

The trick with extensions to exclude is you have to add exclusions before syncing. Which is a kind of catch-22 or chicken and egg problem.

In case of the friend I helped we made a backup of the TomTom HOME data, then applied the exclusions and restored the data.

For TomTom HOME in order not to fill your Google Drive, but still allow backing up your Documents folder, these are extensions you might want to exclude (roughly in descending order of space) where you have to mind not storing any of these extensions in other subfolders of your Documents folder.:

  • .zip
  • .cab
  • .toc
  • .tmp
  • .meta
  • .sat
  • .tlv
  • .ttd
  • .dat
  • .vif
  • .chk
  • .bin
  • .rex
  • .lde
  • .gpr
  • .dbl
  • .so
  • .ov2

The problem with this? Google Backup and Sync does not allow that many exclusion extensions.

–jeroen

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