“This morning, I logged in and noticed that Google Drive was creating duplicates of everything! In other words, it was uploading the data from my PC to the cloud but creating duplicates of all the folders that were already there! Do you know how to stop Google Drive from duplicating files? Please give me some suggestions. Thanks in advance!”
Can I stop Google Drive from duplicating files?
As one of the most popular cloud services, Google Drive enables users across the globe to sync their data in an absolutely secure manner. Meanwhile, users can access their data on a desktop, laptop, tablet, and most importantly on their Android-powered smartphone.
However, the file synchronization function brings convenience to users while also bringing some inconvenience to users. Sometimes, Google Drive can’t detect duplicate documents and upload the same file repeatedly, which will not only take up your storage space but also bring much inconvenience to you.
If you find your Google Drive is creating duplicates of files or folders, don’t be panic, you can take some measures to stop google drive from duplicating files. Please read on to learn more detailed information about how to solve duplicate files and folders issues in Google Drive.
How to Stop Google Drive from duplicating files
The following contents will show you how to prevent Google Drive from duplicating files with 3 effective methods and will also introduce two additional tips to remove duplicate items from Google Drive and avoid duplicate files issue with CBackup.
Method 1. Remove uploaded items from the source folder
If Google Drive is uploading certain items that are already uploaded to Google Drive, you can remove already uploaded items out of backup source folders. Moreover, you should also take care to avoid uploading the same files or folder via different devices (desktops, laptops, notebooks, or phones).
Method 2. Uninstall and reinstall Google Drive desktop app
Sometimes, there is something wrong with your Google Drive synchronization function so it creates duplicates repeatedly. You can try to solve this problem by uninstalling and reinstalling Google Drive desktop app - Drive for desktop now.
Step 1. Type Control Panel in the Search box of Windows 10 and choose the best-matched one.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose to Uninstall a program under Programs to continue.
Step 3. Then select Google Drive and right-click it. Next, click Uninstall to continue.
Method 3. Turn off the sync feature and upload files manually
If your Google Drive is duplicating files now, and the first thing is stopping Google Drive sync process:
1. Please DO NOT use the My Computer tab on Backup and Sync (Drive for desktop )and uncheck all the folders on My Computer.
2. Then change the Google Drive My Drive Location to the folder you want to sync, and it will stop Google Drive from duplicating files and folders.
Then delete everything that has the duplicates in Google Drive, as well as the Google Drive folder, then upload the files and folders to Google Drive again. And, download directly from the cloud to the local.
Step 2. On the main page of Google Drive, click My Drive and then choose Upload files... or Upload folder... to upload your files manually.
Step 3. If you need to download files, you can right-click the file or folder and choose Download in the drop-down menu.
However, it’s quite annoying to upload files especially there are plenty of files and folders to sync.
Bonus tips about duplicate files or folders in Google Drive
Tip 1. How to remove duplicate items from Google Drive
To remove duplicate items like duplicate folders in Google Drive, you can choose to remove them manually or rely on a third-party duplicate cleaning tool. Actually, many users are unwilling to remove duplicates in Google Drive manually due to time-wasting. So, you can choose a suitable tool on the market. Here is an example:
✎Note: Please make sure that Google Drive does not perform a sync function from cloud to local. Otherwise, your local source files may be removed at the same time when you delete duplicates from Google Drive.
Step 1. Download the Easy Duplicate Finder tool on your computer. Then, follow the steps to install it on your computer.
Step 2. Once you have the app launched, select “Google Drive” under “Scan Mode.” Then, log into your Google account, give Easy Duplicate Finder access. When access is granted, the program will start scanning your Google Drive file’s metadata to identify duplicates.
Step 3. When the scan has finished, review the list of duplicate audio, video, and document files identified as duplicates. You can preview the files, select which files you want to keep, and seamlessly remove duplicates from Google Drive in just one click.
Tip 2. How to avoid duplicate files in Google Drive in the feature
Google Drive duplicate files and folders are caused by the Google Drive sync process. Therefore, if you still cannot stop Google Drive from duplicating files and fix it, it’s strongly recommended to try the free cloud backup service - CBackup to backup files to Google Drive without duplicates.
Step 2. Click the Storage tab on the left side > Choose Google Drive > Authorize Now, then sign in to your Google Drive account and allow CBackup to access your Google Drive files according to the on-screen guide.
Step 3. Select the Backup tab > Backup PC to Public Cloud, choose files from computer to backup, and select Google Drive as the destination.
Step 4. Hit Settings > Scheduler, check the option: Set a backup schedule for automated backup, then choose One time only, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly (schedule setting is optional), press Start Backup to backup files to Google Drive automatically and easily.
Tips: There are other features you could set up in Settings:
✍ You could set up Email Notification to alert you with the email after the backup progress especially when you are not in front of the computer.
✍ You could enable File Filter to exclude some file types you don't want to backup.
Tip 3. How to protect Google Drive files
Besides, CBackup also allows you to perform cloud to cloud backup to make a backup version of your important data, like transfer Dropbox to Google Drive, transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive, etc. directly without downloading and uploading. For now, it supports Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, FTP, and SFTP, etc.
Step 1. Open your CBackup and sign in to it. Under the Backup tab, click Backup Public Cloud to Public Cloud.
Step 2. Choose Google Drive as backup source, and choose Dropbox or other cloud storage as the destination, press Start Backup to backup files from Google Drive to Dropbox easily.
Tip 4. How to get more Google Drive backup space for free
In addition, if your Google Drive storage is full, you could increase Google Drive space for free with the cloud storage combination feature of CBackup. With this feature, you can add multiple Google Drive accounts and combine them, then, you could get huge backup space, even unlimited cloud storage.
Step 1. Open your CBackup and sign in to it. Click the Storage tab on the left side, add as many Google Drive accounts as you have.
Step 2. Click Storage > + Add Combine Cloud and then select all the Google Drive accounts in the list to combine them.
How to stop Google Drive from duplicating files has been shown above, you can try the methods one by one to solve your problem. However, Google Drive duplicating files will not only take up your cloud storage space but also waste your time handling it.
Therefore, to avoid this kind of issue in the feature, you can use the Google Drive alternative CBackup to backup files to Google Drive just in case Google Drive duplicate files, and it will help you deal with Google Drive storage full problems for free.
And besides PC cloud backup feature, CBackup can also help you combine cloud storage to manage multiple cloud storage in one interface and take full use of all the cloud storage space, saving both your time, effort and money. Don't hesitate to try it now!
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