Why my Google Drive won't sync? Here are 20 free ways to solve Backup and Sync software related errors and one popular way to help you transfer files across clouds based on the web page without downloading and uploading.
“I have Google Drive for PC on multiple computers as cloud backup solution. Within my Google Drive there are about 30 folders containing 10,000 files. On one computer it will sync up 15 folders and 6,000 files, on another it will sync up 29 folders and all files and on a third it will sync up 29 folders and 9,000 files. All Google Drives for PC on each computer is setup exactly the same way. This has become very frustrating and any help would be greatly appreciated.”
“Hi there, just installed Google sync, busy testing, the app does not sync to a 6th level of the folder structure. I looked for settings but could not find anything. Seems like technology not working well. I will re-consider Google as a solution. Bummer!!!”
“Google Drive said ‘Sync complete’, but 15 or so files weren’t synced”
“But now, when I put new files or folder, or when save any files, the sync disappear... No red, green or blue icons, all disappear and the sync dead...”
Here in the following parts, you will find 20 ways to help you resolve google backup and sync not working problems and a new method to help you transfer one cloud to other clouds without downloading and uploading. Since this article is a bit long, you can choose the method you are interested in from the following guides.
You can try to temporarily pause its sync task especially when Google backup stuck. Then, resume its work. Then, it should rescan the source files and find out what it has missed out.
Exit google drive from its system tray icon on the bottom right taskbar, then go to programs/applications in Start menu and open google drive again. It will normally looks for unsynced files and will sync missing files then.
Manually click on Google backup software on the computer and choose to run it as Administrator could help with Google Drive does not sync all files.
Sometimes, when you had signed in to everything else Google on your computer, you don't even think about having to check to see if you are still signing in specifically to Drive on PC. Usually, there should be some kind of notification to tell you that you are not signing in. Thus, just sign in your account fix Google Drive doesn’t sync all files and folders problem.
Or, maybe you have multiple user accounts on a PC which have Google Drive installed (syncing for different GDrive users). If you switch users (as opposed to logging out of the first account), Google Drive refuses to sync when you switch back to the first user's account. Therefore, log off and on of each user account with GDrive installed seems to keep the GDrive syncing operational.
Besides, make sure that the account you use on the sync app is the same one you use online to view files.
Uninstall it and clear folder, then reinstall with startup options etc. Maybe you should re-download its installation file form the official webpage.
Change firewall/antivirus settings to make sure Google Drive is allowed to sync. Or, maybe you should choose another antivirus program.
Some computer optimizing software like AVG PC Tuneup will disable some applications to boost computer running speed. Thus, Google Drive might be disabled when it senses it is "not in use". This keep your files from loading and downloading. So, make sure Google Drive is always enabled.
The way google drive handles files may cause some issues with crash plan that necessitated some messing around with security permissions. There may be Windows permissions conflicts when sharing same files with different computers. To solve this problem, you may have to manually add your user to lower level directories.
If you get error messages like “You do not have permission to sync this file” or “You only have permission to view this file, so your changes cannot be synced”, you can contact the owner of the file and request the ability to edit.
Switch proxy settings from "Automatically detect" to "Direct connection" and move local Google Drive folder to "C:\Google Drive" should solve Google Drive doesn’t sync all files problem.
Select all folders (checking the checkbox in the list header) and set "More/Mark as viewed". It will start to sync them. If this doesn’t work, try to mark them as unread or add stars to them.
If Google Drive sync complete but not from online to local, you can go to "preferences" and make sure that you have chosen “Sync everything in My Drive” instead of "sync only these folders". This makes all of your folders available for desktop access as well.
If Google Drive does not sync all files from local to cloud, go to "Preferences" and make sure all folders you want to sync checked in “My Computer” tab.
1. On your computer, click Backup and Sync taskbar icon.
2. Click “View # unsyncable files”.
3. Click “Retry all”.
4. If this doesn't work, restart Google Drive sync.
Or, close the Drive on your computer, move the entire of your Google Drive contents out then reopen Drive. Go into Google Drive's Preferences and uncheck all of the folders. Then, Google Drive online will remove all the files it has synced from your computer. After it finishes, drag all contents back in. Finally, it will resync all the files to cloud.
Go to the web drive and use Drive viewer to view the missed files, then they will be synced to the PC. Obviously this is not a good solution when there are hundreds of files missed. Also, to find them out of thousands of files is time-consuming.
Maybe, you can just right click Google Drive in your system tray, then clicked on "Visit Google Drive on the web" to see if this get all missed files synced to cloud in one time or not.
Go to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\" and rename the "googledrivesync.exe" file to any other name like "googledrivesync123.exe". Then, rename the shortcut. Run it again and it may work.
For whatever reason, whenever a file fails to sync in a folder, all future additions/changes made to any files in that folder will fail to sync, until the error is cleared (which often requires deleting the file). Or, delete desktop.ini file in the root folder and also in cloud folder and restart G drive again. Since desktop.ini is a hidden file, to delete it, you may need to show hidden files first.
Note: To show hidden files, open "Windows Explorer", click on Options under the View tab and click on Change folder and search options.
“You do not have enough Google storage for this file. Please buy more storage…” If Google Drive sync not complete when sync from local to cloud, it may due to there are not enough storage space in your plan to save all the source files. Thus, just upgrade your storage plan can get all files synced.
There exists a possibility that many of the files in your Google Drive have a filename length that is too long to be used by a Microsoft OS. All Windows computers have a maximum filename length of 255 characters, meaning that if you have many layers of folders in your Google Drive it will not be able to properly sync files within deeply-layered folders. The solution to this would be to shorten file and folder names and try again.
If this is the problem, then there is not much that Google would be able to change. At this time, it would require a new OS version of Windows.
If you are syncing files between two local devices and use Google Drive as transit, you need to make a home group to connect the two computers. Then, you get a password on computer 1, you enter it on computer 2, and they will sync with each other.
If all solutions above don’t work for you, I’m afraid you have to manually drag and drop local files to Google Drive on webpage. And, download directly from cloud to local.
Have you tired with fixing the Google Drive does not sync all files and folders problem but with no success? Do you want to switch to other cloud services like Dropbox or OneDrive? If so, how to switch to them? Download all you have now on Google Drive to local storage and upload these files manually to another cloud like Dropbox?
No, this is not what you want for it is doomed to be a time-consuming and boring task which can make you crazy. Then, is there an easier way?
Yes, you can rely on MultCloud – a free web-based cloud to cloud sync software which enables you to directly transfer Google Drive files to Dropbox, OneDrive, Mega, etc. different cloud drives. It can also help you sync files among different accounts of the same cloud brand and manage multiple cloud storage accounts together.
To learn how MultCloud works, you could learn the detailed info from the product page.
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Multcloud Key Features
Transfer files in clouds, FTP and WebDav for easily file management & information delivery.
Sync two clouds or directories in two clouds through two-way sync or one-way sync.
Combine multiple cloud storages into one and manage them like in Windows explorer.