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How To Change Google Default Drive To Local Drive or Directory

Change Google Default Drive

How could I change Google default drive folder in “C:/User Name/Google Drive” to somewhere else

When you download Google Drive to your PC a default folder will be created in C:\Users\[your name]\Google Drive. If you want to change the name or location of this folder you can do so by following the steps below.

  1. Click on the Google Drive icon in your system tray
  2. Choose Quit Google Drive
  3. Now move the Google Drive folder within Windows Explorer to a new location
  4. Restart Google Drive from Start –> All Programs
  5. Google Drive will warn you that it can’t find the folder, click on the Google Drive icon again and chooseError – Google Drive folder is missing
  6. A window will open up, choose Locate folder and go find the new Google Drive folder.

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An alternative method, with disconnecting your account:

  1. Click on the Google Drive icon in your system tray (usually bottom right of your Windows task bar)
  2. Choose Preferences
  3. Choose Disconnect account, your Drive will be disconnected but your files will stay on your PC
  4. Click on the Google Drive icon again
  5. Sign in when asked, step through the set up until you reach screen 2 of 2 – then click Advanced setup
  6. Click Change to choose the folder name and location – if you choose an existing folder it must be empty
  7. Your files will now be re-synced down to your PC in this new location
  8. Delete the old folder and files – if you want to.
Let us know if you have any other tips on moving the Google Drive default location in the comments.
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