Can I Copy Folder from Personal Google Drive to Google Workspace?

“After creating a Google Workspace account, I realized that I couldn't copy my drive files to a Workspace account all at once. I've been using my personal Google account for my business so I have thousands of folders and files. I can't transfer them manually.”

Since October 2020, Google rebranded G Suite into Google Workspace. Google Workspace provides a unified interface with individual applications like Gmail, Google Sheets, Calendar, and Google Drive to boost the productivity of each business user.

No matter as an admin of Google Workspace or a group member with Shared Drive, you may encounter the problem that you need to copy files and folders from your personal Google Drive to My Drive or Shared Drive in Google Workspace account. You can read this article carefully to learn how to copy a folder from personal Google Drive to Workspace easily.

Why Copy Personal Google Drive to Google Workspace?

Copy Google Drive to Google Workspace
Copy Google Drive to Google Workspace

As the above user case shows, you may join a new company or a work team that offers a Google Workspace account to you. Or say, you just create a Google Workspace admin account to collaborate with your team more efficiently. Then you can benefit from the following aspect.

• Better Team Collaboration

As a member of the team and company, you have to move some important business files and folders from your personal Google Drive account to the Workspace account so that all the members in your Google Workspace group can easily view the business data with multiple choices of permissions without waiting for you to share one-by-one.

• Make Use of Cloud Storage Intelligently

What’s more, as a personal user of Google Drive, you can only get 15 GB of free storage space. But since you have a Google Workspace account, you can store files from 30 GB to 5 TB according to the subscription. 

That is to say, if your personal Google Drive is lack storage space and you don’t want to purchase more, you can migrate personal Google Drive to Google Workspace to save the storage of your personal Google Drive account.

How to Copy Folder from Personal Google Drive to Google Workspace in 2 Simple Ways

The traditional way you may find to copy folder from personal Google Drive to Shared Drive or My Drive of Workspace is to download everything from personal Google Drive account and re-upload to My Drive or Shared Drive of Google Workspace account. As you can imagine, this traditional way may waste too much of your time and energy especially if you have a large number of files to copy. Besides, you may be at high risk of losing important data during this manual progress.

Another solution you may find is to use the “Shared with me” function of Google Drive. But this solution may cause trouble when you want to make a copy from “Shared with me” to Shared Drive directly.

However, there’s a great web-based cloud file manager called MultCloud which is ready to help you copy a folder from personal Google Drive to Shared Drive and My Drive of Google Workspace account without downloading, uploading, or installing.

MultCloud
MultCloud

MultCloud is a free multiple cloud storage manager designed to help you manage, transfer, sync, and backup data between 30+ cloud storage services without switching cloud accounts.

With MultCloud, you can:

  • Manage files among clouds by built-in functions like Upload, Download, Copy, Cut, Rename, Preview.
  • Share cloud files directly in MultCloud by Public, Private, or Source Share.
  • Transfer, sync, or backup files between clouds by Cloud Transfer, Team TransferCloud Sync, and Cloud Backup.
  • Remote Upload to Google Workspace and other clouds from URLs, torrents, and magnet links.
  • Collaborate with different cloud users together by Sub-accounts management.

In MultCloud, there are 2 different but useful functions for you to choose to copy files from personal Google Drive to Google Workspace fast and securely. If you want to copy personal Google Drive to Google Workspace with additional options like “Filter” or “Schedule”, you can use the “Cloud Transfer” function. And if you don’t need any additional options but want to copy personal Google Drive to more than one destination, choose the “Copy to” function instead.

Preparation before You Copy Folder from Personal Google Drive to Google Workspace

Before learning how to copy folder from personal Google Drive to My Drive or Shared Drive of Google Workspace, there are some simple steps that you may need to prepare.

Step 1. Sign up MultCloud for free. Or click “Try without signing up” and get a temp account to enter. What’s more, signing up with Facebook and Google accounts is also supported.

Sign Up MultCloud
Sign Up MultCloud

Step 2. Click “Add Cloud” and choose Google Drive to add it to MultCloud.
Step 3. If you want to copy folder to My Drive of Google Workspace, choose “Google Workspace” to add. And if you want to copy to Shared Drive in Google Workspace, choose “Shared Drive” to add instead.

Add Google Drive and Google Workspace to MultCloud
Add Google Drive and Google Workspace to MultCloud

Tips:

  • To help you manage clouds with better order, MultCloud divides personal Google Drive as Google Drive (My Drive) and Shared with me. And Google Workspace is shown as Google Workspace (My Drive), Shared Drive, and Shared with me separately in MultCloud.
  • You can add as many cloud accounts as you have to MultCloud for free since MultCloud sets no limit to the number of adding cloud.
  • Please feel free to add your cloud to MultCloud. Because MultCloud uses an OAuth authorization system supported by clouds like Google Drive and Dropbox to connect your clouds without recording the username and password.

Now you can follow the step-by-step instructions below to copy files and folders from Personal Google Drive to Google Workspace straightforwardly. And here we take how to copy from Google Drive to My Drive of Google Workspace as an example. You can follow these steps to copy to Shared Drive as well.

Method 1. Copy Folder from Personal Google Drive to Workspace by Cloud Transfer

Step 1. Enter the “Cloud Transfer” page from the left sidebar, click the left square and select a folder in Google Drive as the source.

Select Folder in Google Drive to Copy with
Select Folder in Google Drive to Copy with

Step 2. Click the right square and select an admin folder of Google Workspace as the destination.
Step 3. Choose “Options” and “Schedule” if you need.

  • Transfer: You can set additional actions for MultCloud to run the Cloud Transfer task with.
  • Email: Turn on and MultCloud will send you an email notification when the Cloud Transfer task is done.
  • Filter: You can let MultCloud ignore or only copy files with certain file extensions.
  • Schedule: MultCloud can automatically transfer and copy files and folders in daily, weekly, or monthly schedules as your plan.
Options of Cloud Transfer
Options of Cloud Transfer
Schedule of Cloud Transfer
Schedule of Cloud Transfer

Step 4. Click the purple button “Transfer Now” and MultCloud will copy your folder from Google Drive to Google Workspace immediately.

Copy Folder from Personal Google Drive to Google Workspace by Cloud Transfer
Copy Folder from Personal Google Drive to Google Workspace by Cloud Transfer

Tips:

  • After starting the Cloud Transfer task, you can close the website or shut down your device since MultCloud supports offline transfer and will perform a task in the background.
  • MultCloud provides 30 GB of free traffic per month for each user to transfer data through. If you have lots of files and folders that need to be copied between clouds, you can upgrade your MultCloud account to get more traffic and superfast transfer speed.

Method 2: Copy a Folder from Personal Google Drive to Google Workspace by “Copy to”

Step 1. Enter personal Google Drive page in MultCloud, tick the folder which you want to copy from personal Google Drive.
Step 2. Click “Copy to” in the feature bar above.
Step 3. Choose an admin folder in Google Workspace to copy the folder to.
Step 4. Click the button “OK” and your Google Drive folder will be copied to Google Workspace at once.

Copy Google Drive Folder to Google Workspace
Copy Google Drive Folder to Google Workspace

Tip: You can tick “Multi-select” to choose more destinations to store your copied folder.

Bonus Tip: MultCloud Helps Copy Folder between Google Workspace Accounts

As a great business cloud drive management tool, MultCloud not only can help you copy personal Google Drive to Google Workspace, but also can migrate files, folders, or users from one business cloud to another business cloud or domain directly by the “Team Transfer” function.

Copy Accounts between Business Cloud Storage Services
Copy Accounts between Business Cloud Storage Services

Tip: There are three ways to pair the source and target sub-accounts, which are “Auto-Match”, “Upload CSV”, or tick the circles beside the sub-accounts manually.

Conclusion

After looking through how to copy folder from personal Google Drive to Google Workspace by two optimum methods, now you can choose one to copy folders from personal Google Drive to Google Workspace conveniently. Considering that MultCloud may be the best choice for you to manage clouds with, you can use these methods to copy from one Google Drive to another as well.

In addition, if you want to use the same file from personal Google Drive and Google Workspace at the same time, you can use Cloud Sync to sync files and folders between these two clouds with 1 of 10 multifunctional sync modes with ease.

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