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Why Need to Copy a Folder in Google Drive?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and time-saving to copy an entire folder in Google Drive instead of copying files one by one especially when you are trying to manage files and folder stored in your Google Drive account or backup your folder manually.
 

Is It Easy to Copy a Folder in Google Drive?

Google Drive
Google Drive

To tell the truth, it may be intricate for you to straightly copy Google Drive folder. Because Google Drive doesn’t offer you the option to copy a folder even it already puts so much effort on the functions based on folders. But with 15 GB free storage and great sharing features in your cloud, a single lack of option may not stop you using Google Drive to store and share files. 

When it comes to the solution about how to make a copy of a folder in Google Drive, there are 5 different ways for you to choose. The most common method is similar to the solution about how to copy files in Google Drive which requires you to make a copy of all the files in the folder and move these copied files to a new folder.

However, you can even easily and directly duplicate a folder in Google Drive to another account instead of copying the files in the folder by using distinctive functions in MultCloud.

How to Copy a Folder in Google Drive Easily through MultCloud

MultCloud is a free cloud file manager which allows you to add all your cloud drives into one interface. You can use Cloud Transfer or Cloud Sync to transfer or sync files and folders from one cloud directly to itself or to another clouds. You can also manage online files stored among multiple clouds with basic functions like upload, download, cut, copy, paste, move, delete, rename, etc.

As a third-party platform to help you better manage your clouds, MultCloud supports more than 30 major cloud drive services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Mega, etc.

Method 1: Copy Google Drive Folder by “Copy to”

You can obtain the best experience about copying Google Drive folder by using this method. Because you don’t have to manually do “copy and paste” through this method. 

All you have to do is to accomplish two simple selections about the source folder and the destination. What’s more, this method is best for you when you are going to copy lots of folders from Google Drive to one or more destinations at a time.

Step 1: Sign up MultCloud with name and email. You can also click “Try without signing up” to enter MultCloud temporarily without personal information.

Sign up MultCloud
Sign up MultCloud

Step 2: Click “+Add Cloud” under “My Cloud Drives” list. Then choose Google Drive icon at the right.
Step 3: Allow MultCloud to access your Google Drive in the pop-up window. You can repeat step 2 and step 3 to add more Google Drive and other cloud accounts.

Add Google Drive to MultCloud
Add Google Drive to MultCloud

Step 4: Tick the boxes in front of the folder you want to copy from Google Drive.
Step 5: Click “Copy to” in the feature bar above.

Copy Google Drive Folder through MultCloud
Copy Google Drive Folder through MultCloud

Step 6: Select the destination of the copied folders in the pop-up window. You can tick the box “Multi-select” to copy to different places at once.
Step 7: Click “OK” below the pop-up window. Then the folders will be successfully copied to the target destinations.

Select the Destination of Copied Folders
Select the Destination of Copied Folders

Tips: MultCloud will show you a pop-up window about the detailed progress of the copy task.

Progress of the Copy Task
Progress of the Copy Task

Method 2: Copy a Folder in Google Drive by “Copy and Paste”

This method causes the same result as method 1 above but is different in its more manual operation. Specifically speaking, you need to copy the folders and switch to different places to paste the copied folders all by yourself. And you should paste the places one by one.

Step 1: The same as step 1 to step 4 in method 1 above.
Step 2: Click “Copy” in the feature bar above.
Step 3: Switch to the destination which you want to paste the copied folders to.
Step 4: Right-click the destination. Then click “Paste” in the pop-up menu. And the folders are copied to the destination.

Paste Copied Google Drive Folder in MultCloud
Paste Copied Google Drive Folder in MultCloud

Method 3: Duplicate a Folder in Google Drive by “Cloud Transfer”

This is the most unique way for you to copy the Google Drive folders especially copy Google Drive folder to another account through MultCloud. You can not only copy lots of folders from Google Drive but also copy folders stored in other accounts at the same time. You are able to copy the folders to all the cloud accounts which have been added to MultCloud before.

Step 1: The same as step 1 to step 3 in method 1 above.
Step 2: Click “Cloud Transfer” under “Common Tools” list. 

Copy Folders in Google Drive by Cloud Transfer
Copy Folders in Google Drive by Cloud Transfer

Step 3: Click the left square and select the folders you want to copy through the “Please Select” pop-up window. Then click the purple button “OK”.
Step 4: Click the right square and select the destination of your copied folders in the “Please Select” pop-up window.

Please Select Destination of Transfer
Please Select Destination of Transfer

Step 5: Click “Transfer Now” in the lower right corner of the interface. Then the folders are copied to the correct places.

Tips:
1. You can let MultCloud send you an email notification when the transfer task is completed.
2. You can click “Task List” in “Common Tools” list to manage the transfer task concretely.
3. MultCloud offers you some additional options before copying folders from Google Drive such as deleting all source files after transfer is completed.

Options before Cloud Transfer
Options before Cloud Transfer

How to Copy a Folder in Google Drive Basically through Google Drive Website

It seems to be much more complicated than the methods mentioned above about how to make a copy of a folder in Google Drive since you should make copies of all the files stored in the folder which you want to copy. After that you need to create a new folder in Google Drive in order to move the copied version of those files to it. 

Are you confused about this way to copy the Google Drive folder? Well, there’s another way for you to copy folders in Google Drive website. You can simply add a shortcut of the folder to other places in Google Drive, whereas, the shortcut of the folders will automatically change as soon as you make changes in the original folder.

Tips: If you copy a folder to a shared folder in Google Drive. All the files and changes you make to the folder after copying can be viewed, commented, edited or downloaded by others who can access the shared folder.

Method 1: Copy Google Drive Folder by “Make a copy” and “Move to”

Step 1: Sign in Google Drive with your Google Account.
Step 2: Double-click the folder you want to copy.
Step 3: Select all the files in the folder by holding down the left button on your mouse or holding down “Shift” on your keyboard.
Step 4: Right-click the files and click “Make a copy” in the dropdown menu.

Make Copies of Files in Google Drive Folder
Make Copies of Files in Google Drive Folder

Step 5: Select all the copied version of the files in the folder.
Step 6: Right-click the copied files and click “Move to” in the dropdown menu.

Move to New Folder in Google Drive
Move to New Folder in Google Drive

Step 7: Choose the new folder in the pop-up window and click the blue button “Move”. Then the new folder can be seen as a copied version of the original folder.

Choose New Folder to Move
Choose New Folder to Move

Tips: Please make sure that the folder you want to copy in this way doesn’t contain any subfolder. If the folder has subfolder, you need to move or copy the files stored in the subfolder to the superior folder first.

Method 2: Copy a Folder in Google Drive by “Add a shortcut to Drive”

Step 1: The same as step 1 in method 1 right above.
Step 2: Select all the folders you want to copy by holding down the left button on your mouse or holding down “Shift” on your keyboard.
Step 3: Right-click the selected folders and click “Add a shortcut to Drive” in the dropdown menu.

Add shortcut of Folders to Google Drive
Add shortcut of Folders to Google Drive

Step 4: Select the destination to add the shortcut to in the pop-up window and click “ADD SHORTCUT”. Then the folders are successfully copied to the place you want.

Conclusion

It seems that you already handle the skills about how to copy a folder in Google Drive no matter through MultCloud, Google Drive website or its mobile application. You could copy folders in Google Drive on computer freely with these 5 convenient ways.

FAQs

Is It Safe to Use MultCloud to Copy Google Drive Folder?

Certainly yes. With the OAuth authorization system to protect the username and password of your cloud accounts and the 256-bit AES Encryption to protect your data from being tampered with, intercepted, and cracked, you can safely copy the Google Drive folder through MultCloud.

Is There Any Other Ways to Copy a Folder in Google Drive?

Apart from copying a folder in Google Drive by the methods mentioned above, you can also try some third-party platforms supported by Google Apps Script or MultCloud. For example, you can use Cloud Sync to sync the folder between Google Drive and other clouds through MultCloud with daily, weekly or monthly schedule so as to achieve real-time copy.

What’s more, if you think the method to copy folders in Google Drive website is too complicated for you but you still want to copy folders only in Google Drive website. Actually, you can download the folder from Google Drive website. Then you have to rename and upload the folder to Google Drive just like to upload files to Google Drive. In this way the copied folder appears in Google Drive as a renamed folder but contains the same files.
 

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