Change Google Drive folder

How to change Google Drive folder location.

These step apply to Google Drive Version 1.26.0707.2863 specifically
but should be similar in all versions.

This article will show your how to change Google Drive folder location.

Start how to:
If Google Drive is not started on Windows start up?
Start Google Drive. Once running for the purpose of this tutorial lets
use the Google Drive icon in the Windows System Tray located
within the right side of the Taskbar.
Right click on Google Drive icon in the System Tray.
In the window that opens click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner to open Settings.

Google Drive settings

Google Drive settings

Select Quit Google Drive


Next relocate the Google Drive folder to the new location of your choice.
Use the copy command, I was unable to use the move command.
Default path for the Google Drive folder is C:\\Users\user-name\google drive
Remember to delete the Google Drive folder from it’s original default location.
Next, start Google Drive again. You will get an error message.

Google Drive error message

Google Drive error message

Click on the show hidden icons button, then the greyed out Google Drive icon.
hidden icons

hidden icons

Click on Error-Google Drive folder is missing.

Google Drive folder missing

Google Drive folder missing

Then select Locate folder.

Google Drive locate folder

Google Drive locate folder

Navigate to the new location you moved the Google Drive folder earlier and select it.

That’s it you are done!

Doing it this way if you have files already in the Google Drive folder you don’t have to re-sync your files just
copy the Google Drive Folder.

I wanted to do this because my computer system has two hard drives.
My C: drive is a SSD or solid state drive where my operating system and applications
are install also know as a boot drive. My other hard drive is a standard disk hard drive
that stores my data.
With an SSD boot drive that is some precious fast storage to using to hold the
Google Drive folder.
Now the Google Drive folder is on the spacious F: drive.

Hope this helps if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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