Change Google Drive Default Folder Location in Windows
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Google Drive for Windows is a client program that will let you sync online and local files. It also gives you the opportunity to transfer and share files to other users without going through the online login. When Google Drive for Windows is installed on the computer, selected files will be accessible from anywhere.
After you install the client software, it will add Google Drive folder under your own user account, which is C:\Users\[your name]\Google Drive. Since C: Drive contains all your Windows programs and essential files, time will come that you may run out of space and will compel to move the default folder location of Google Drive.
That option is available, simply follow this procedure to change default folder location of Google Drive in Windows systems.
First Procedure – Disconnect Google Drive Account
1. Go to system tray and click on the Google Drive icon. Choose Preferences. It will open a window, click on Disconnect Account. This will break your current connection so be sure that there is no existing file transfer before you execute this step.
2. Let us presume that all your Google Drive files and folders are updated. Please delete the existing Google Drive folder as well as shortcut under the Favorites. You can execute this through Windows Explorer.
3. Back again at the system tray, please click on Sign in. Enter your user name and password.
4. It will display the welcome screen as if your are installing the program for the first time. Click on Next button.
5. On the next screen, click on Advance Setup. Then, click on Change button and navigate to the new location of Google Drive folder. You can create a new folder by clicking on a Make New Folder button if you want the drive to be inside a folder. Choose a drive letter if you prefer Google Drive folder to be on the root.
6. Be sure that the folder you are choosing is empty, otherwise it will display the message “The Google Drive folder you selected is not empty. Please select an empty folder”, you have no other choice but to delete all contents of the target folder.
7. Click Start Sync. That will set your new location as default Google Drive folder. You can now delete the old folder.
Second Procedure – Move Existing Google Drive Folder (without deleting the old)
1. Open Windows Explorer and go to your existing Google Drive folder. Create a folder “Empty”. Make sure that it sync with your account.
2. Next create a desired Folder for your new Google Drive location.
3. Go to Windows system tray and look for Google Drive icon. Go to Preferences and click Disconnect account…
4. Sign-in to Google Drive once more.
5. You will see a welcome screen (1 of 2), click Next.
6. On the next page (2 of 2), click on Advanced setup.
7. Go to Folder location area and click on Change… Browse for the new folder you just created to be the new default Google Drive.
8. On Sync Options, select “Only sync some folders to this computer”. Put a check mark on folder Empty. This will allow Google Drive to sync for a minimal time before it sets the new location.
9. Click on Start sync. Google Drive will recognize the new location in less time because it syncs an empty folder only.
10. You may now move files from OLD Google Drive folder to a new location using Windows Explorer. Make sure that you will retain the directory structure. You can keep files from old folder or delete it to save space when syncing is complete.
11. To retain default value for Sync options, click on Google Drive icon on system tray. Select Preferences.
12. Now, remove the check mark on “Only sync some folders to this computer”. Click on Apply changes to save the settings.