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How to Do Files Copy from One Google Drive to Another?

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Oct. 22, 2020 | 4 mins read

Author Delores

Delores

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Are you looking for ways on how to transfer files from one Google Drive account to another? Here in this article, we have provided instructions to copy files from one Google Drive to another without downloading and uploading.

Why Need to Move Files from One Google Drive to Another?

Sometimes, Google Drive users need to transfer files from one account to another for one or more of the following reasons.

  • They plan to replace the old account with a new one.
  • They have much more free storage space on the another Google Drive account.
  • They want to make a backup of important files on this drive and store the copy on the other drives.
  • To make better management of cloud files, users need to move certain kind of files into one cloud account, such as files of a project.
  • Some people want to send files to their family members, friends or colleagues not just to share these files with them.

The above are some common needs and there are still many other kinds of specific reasons. No matter what the reason is, in a word, they require to copy files from one Google Drive account to another. So here comes a question: How to send files from one Google Drive to another?

Traditional Ways: How to Copy from One Google Drive to Another?

Solution 1. Download and Upload

Based on the needs above, one common way that most users will think about is to sign in the source account first, download target files from cloud storage to local storage, then sign in the target account and upload these files from local device to destination cloud drive.

Solution 2. Use Google Backup and Sync

Or, if they are using Google Backup and Sync, they can find target files directly on their local machine if they have chosen to sync these files automatically from cloud to local. If they have not chosen to sync these files, they can temporarily select to sync them. When the sync finishes, they can unselect them. Anyhow, they can find target files on local finally. Then, just set these files as source for backing up to target Google Drive account with the help of Backup and Sync.

Tip: If you do not want to keep backing up these files from local to destination Google Drive account all the time, just sign out the account on Backup and Sync after the one-time backup task is complete.

You can achieve your goal following above solutions but you may find it would take up space on your local PC. If you have a large number of files, it is clear that the above methods still have drawbacks. So is there any other ways for migrating Google drive from one account to another to be simpler and able to avoid the above problems?

Popular Ways: How to Copy One Google Drive to Another?

Luckily, you can directly clone from one google drive to another with the help of a third party FREE online cloud file transfer manager called MultCloud. There are three ways in MultCloud which enables you to migrate files from one Google Drive to another as displayed below. No matter which way you are going to use, you have to

1. Create an account of MultCloud.
2. Add both of your Google accounts to MultCloud through “Add Clouds” button.


Add Google Drive
Add Google Drive

Once the preparations are all ready, you can choose the one you're most interested in from the methods provided below to perform the operations.

Solution 1. Files Copy from One Google Drive to Another

In Cloud Explorer tab, choose the source Google Drive. In the files list, select all target files, right-click on these files and select “Copy to”.


Select All Google Files
Select All Google Files

In the pop-up window, choose destination Google Drive and click Transfer and wait for the process to complete.


Copy One Google Drive to Another Account
Copy One Google Drive to Another Account

Tip: If you want to copy these files to more than one target clouds, just tick “Multi-selection” on the bottom and then choose your destinations.

Solution 2. Sync between Two Google Drive Cloud Accounts

How to move documents from one google drive to another? You can sync files from source account to destination account. In Cloud Sync tab, just set up the source folder/directory and destination and you can Sync Now.


Sync Google Drive to Google Drive
Sync Google Drive to Google Drive

Tip: You can specify which way to sync files from source Google Drive to Destination one. MultCloud supports one-way sync and two-way sync modes. If you choose one way sync, there are further options for you to select. You can select simple sync, mirror sync, move sync, full backup sync, etc.

Solutions 3. Transfer Files from One Google Drive to Another

Similarly, you can transfer files from one account to another in Cloud Transfer tab. Select folders you want to transfer from your first Google Drive account, select destination path to save these folders under your destination Google Drive, click “Transfer Now” and wait for the process to complete.


Transfer One Google Drive to Another
Transfer One Google Drive to Another

Tips for Cloud Sync and Cloud Transfer:

  • You can enable email notification in “Options”.
  • You can exclude/include certain files in “Options”.
  • Set a schedule to automatically copy from one Google Drive to another.
  • Whether you use “Cloud Sync”or “Cloud Transfer” feature, it supports syncing folders only. You can select whole Google Drive as the source.

What Else about Migrating Google Drive from One Account to Another?

If you want to delete source files in source Google Drive after migration, you can follow below items:

  • For "Copy to" feature, tick “Move” button in the lower left corner of the pop-up window;

  • Move
    Move Option
  • In Cloud Sync task, choose “One-way Sync > Move Sync” in general options;

  • Move Sync
    Move Sync
  • In Cloud Transfer task, tick “Delete all source files after transfer is complete” in general options.


Delete All Source Files after Transfer is Complete
Options

In addition to copying from one Google Drive to another, you can also rely on MultCloud to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon, etc. and vice versa. In MultCloud platform, you can manage multiple Google Drive accounts like you are doing operations in your Google Drive account. You can open a file, create a new folder, delete a file, upload a file from local storage by drag and drop or remote upload files through URL links, copy/cut, paste files, share a file, etc.

MultCloud Supports Clouds

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.