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Last edited: June 5, 2021
Cloud services are popular and are replacing local servers. The purpose of this page it to document my trials/tribulations, as well as provide a "how I did it" page.
Google drive can handle immense amounts of cloud storage. In our legacy g-suite, we have 'unlimited" storage -- which is quite a bit.
Google does not make this storage easy to interact with because they limit bandwidth. One cannot treat google drive like a "drive", unless perhaps you are thinking of a floppy drive (for those who still remember these things). It appears that Google has dealt with the unreasonable storage amout (i.e. unlimited), but limiting the speed of access, degrading it sufficiently to make it unappealing. Clever !
One needs to get one's data off of google drive, as fast as you can. This takes some strategy.
Divide up the directories first: For the smaller ones (containing less than 2 gb).
- What works best is to "download" data from google drive (which produces a "zip" file). Then move your google data to trash (this works best for directories).
- Then move the local zip file to wherever you want it to go, unzipping if you prefer.
For the bigger ones (containing more than 2 gb):
- Copy (or move or whatever you want to call it) the files using a file manager locally. (such as syncovery or total commander)
- Then delete the directory on google drive
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