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Google Drive

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.

Background:

Google drive can handle immense amounts of cloud storage. In our legacy g-suite, we have 'unlimited" storage -- which is quite a bit.

Problem statements:

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 !

  1. By making Google drive so slow, Goggle has "limited" the unlimited storage, by limiting it in time rather than in space. So google drive is not really a cloud backup -- for the big files.
  2. To make things more difficult, while most file managers or backup utilities, such as "syncovery", or "Total Commander", have a "move" option, this doesn't work on Google drive. The files just stay there, even though the utility thinks it is deleting them. Go figure.
  3. To make things even more difficult, Google downloads are limited to 2 GB.

Solution

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).

For the bigger ones (containing more than 2 gb):

 
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