Wanna Move Files from One Google Drive to Another?
“I have files in a school Google Drive account that I want to transfer to my personal Google Drive. I share a folder with my personal account, but it does not allow me to copy the entire folder to another location. How to copy Google Drive folder to another account without any obstacle? Thanks in advance."
This case is from the Google forum and there are many users who have similar questions and wonder how does Google Drive move files between accounts? However, the “Move to” option is only available when you simply use it to move a file in Google Drive to another folder, or move multiple files in a folder, instead of another account.
Why Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account?
Google Drive has been released for many years and almost users have at least two accounts, so some users may want to move files to another Google Drive account. Why? Here are two main reasons in the following.
☛Gain more free space of the same cloud. The cloud storage of free account is limited but users may need more space. By default, if you are using a free Google Drive account, you only have 15GB. And the cloud storage will be filled up sooner or later. So, some users may create more than one Google Drive accounts and want to move Google Drive folder to another account for more space.
☛Data transfer for some purposes. The second is that you want to discard or give away one of your Google Drive accounts and transfer important files. For instance, you want to transfer files from the account used at school to a personal account.
Also, there are other reasons, such as, copying Google Drive folder for backup, the current account is not working properly, transferring data from one Google account to another for personal use or professional use, moving the essential files in shared folder to another account, etc. Let' learn how to transfer all Google Drive files from one account to another from the following content.
How to Transfer Data from One Google Account to Another
By default, Google Drive does not allow you to copy Google Drive folder to another account, but you can share your folder to another account and move all files via “Make a copy”, use “Google Takeout” or the traditional downloading and uploading.
Besides these commonly used ways, this article also offers you a simple and easy-to-use free cloud backup service - CBackup, and it has more advantages. Here, I’ll explain in detail for you.
This software can transfer all files from one Google Drive to another easily, even move files between different clouds. Then you could move Google Drive folder to another drive, backup Dropbox to Google Drive, etc.
This software also offers you multiple flexible backup settings, such as file filter, email notification, schedule backup (daily/weekly/monthly), or version cleanup, etc. And these settings can save disk space, get you out of waiting processes, keep your data up-to-date, etc.
This software still can be used to combine cloud storage regardless of different accounts. That’s to say, if you have 2 Google Drive account, you will get 30GB could storage. The premise is to create a CBackup account and connect all your Google Drive account.
You could perform PC cloud backup to backup computer data to the cloud, like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.
Best Way to Copy Folder Between Google Drive Accounts
This is the first and easiest way to copy Google Drive folder to another account, and you will use CBackup in the following.
First, make preparations to transfer all Google Drive files:
1. Please create an account with Sign up feature. (You can also now log on to the CBackup desktop application and do the same and back up your local files))
2. Navigate to the My Storage tab, and then click Add Cloud, then select Google Drive and click Add to continue, then modify display name and allocate space for Google Drive backup, tick the checkbox before Note and click OK to connect Google Drive to CBackup. Repeat the process to connect other Google Drive accounts to CBackup.
Then, transfer data from one Google account to another with the following steps.
Step 1. Click Backup Tasks and New Task subsequently.
Step 2. Modify the task name to distinguish it from other tasks. Then, click Add Source and select Google Drive and click OK in the pop-up window.
Step 3. Click Add Destination > Single Cloud, then select another Google Drive account and hit OK to choose another Google Drive account as the destination.
Step 4. Set backup settings and click Start Backup to copy Google Drive folder to another account.
Note: As you can see from the above picture, there are some backup settings (on the bottom left) for this task to set up. If you don’t know which one to choose, please see below, here is explanation.
• Email notification: This feature is designed to send you an email to tell you the final result whether success or failure and free you from waiting processes.
• File Filter: This feature is used to exclude the file type you don’t want to backup or only contain the file type need to be backed up. By default, it will backup all files. To some extent, this feature help you save backup time and disk space.
• Daily/weekly/monthly backup: To continuously protect your data and always keep the latest version, you need to enable schedule to backup files or folders in Google Drive at a specific time, or regularly, like Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. You can set it to any time without affecting the work efficiency, such as, after 6pm or before 9am.
• Version Cleanup: You could use it to keep all file versions, or keep only the versions you specified to always protect your data.
Bonus tip: move computer files to Google Drive with CBackup
In addition to easily moving files in Google Drive to another drive, you can also use CBackup to move files from computer to Google Drive. CBackup provides professional PC cloud backup services. You can use multiple cloud storage services such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc., as well as CBackup Cloud (10GB FREE) with large-capacity backup space as backup destinations. Why not download and use it now!
3 Common Ways to Transfer All Files from One Google Drive to Another
In the following, you will learn the common used ways, including, use “Share” feature, “Google Takeout” and the traditional downloading and uploading. For detailed steps, please see below.
Method 1: Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account via “Share”
This method only allows you to copy one Google Drive folder each time. At the same time, if you want to delete original files in the secondary Google Drive account, you need to copy files to another folder via “Make a copy” and “Move to” feature. If you want an easy way, please go back to the top way.
Step 1. Go to your Google Drive, locate the folders you want to move, right-click and select “Share” feature.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, type the secondary account and set the authorization, then click “Send”. If you want to set the permission to “Is Owner”, please click “Advanced” and change the permission under the “Who has access” tab.
Step 3. Log in the secondary account, go to the “Shared with me” tab. Then, select all files inside folder, right-click and select “Make a copy”. After copying, you will see a copy of the original file at the right side.
Step 4. Right-click all the copies, select “Move to” and another location to store all files.
Method 2: Transfer Entire Google Drive to Another Account by “Takeout”
With “Google Takeout” tool, you cannot export data using Google Office format and you need to convert the uploaded files to Google Office format manually. For effortlessly method, you can use CBackup.
Step 1. Go to Google Takeout, click “Deselect all” and tick the checkbox at the right side of “Drive”, then click “Next Step”.
Step 2. Choose the deliver method, frequency, file type and click “Create export”. Wait until the process is 100% completed.
Step 3. Go to Gmail account and open the downlink send by “Google Download You”, then click “Download”.
Step 4. Unzip the zip file and upload it to another Google Drive account via “Folder Upload”.
Method 3: Transfer Google Drive Folder to Another Account with “Downloading and Uploading”
This method is time consuming. If you want to save backup time, you can consider the best way.
Step 1. Launch your Google Drive, locate the folder you want to transfer and put in a new folder.
Step 2. Go to “My Drive”, right-click the new folder and select “Download” from the context menu. And all files will be compressed into a zip file.
Step 3. Unzip the zip file and extract all files.
Step 4. Log in the secondary account, click “+” and “Folder upload” to upload the folder you want to copy.
Wrapping Things up
Speaking of coping Google Drive folder to another account, you may feel a little tricky, because all of the common used ways have disadvantages. For example, The “Share” feature only share a folder every time and Google Drive does not copy an entire folder.
This is why I recommend you free but professional cloud backup server - CBackup. All steps are very easy, and you can use it to transfer all Google Drive files to another account effortlessly. And you can benefit from its backup settings, such as, save disk space, keep data up-to-date, etc. Sign up with CBackup and copy your Google Drive folder.