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Why Copy from One Google Drive to Another?

Sometimes, Google Drive users need to move files from one Google Drive 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 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 a better management of cloud files, users need to move certain kinds 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 move files from one Google Drive to another?

Copy from One Google Drive to Another in 3 Traditional Ways

Before proceeding to some advanced methods, you may want to learn some traditional methods to copy folders 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 download and upload.

1. Sign in the source account first, and download target files from cloud storage to local storage.

Download Files from Google Drive
Download Files from Google Drive

2. Then sign in to the target account and upload these files from the local device to the destination cloud drive account.

Upload Files to Google Drive
Upload Files to Google Drive

Solution 2. "Share" + "Make a copy"

Compared with the uploading-and-downloading method, this method saves time, but the operations are relatively more complicated. The specific steps are as follows:

1. Open the browser and log in to the first Google Drive account.
2. Find the corresponding file or folder, hold down the "CTRL" button on the keyboard, and then click the mouse to select these files or folders; then right-click anywhere on the interface and select "Share" in the pop-up window.


3. Enter the information of the second Google Drive account, and then set the role of this account to "Editor" to grant this account the permission to edit files or folders.

Share Settings
Share Settings

4. Log in to the second Google Drive account, find the shared file or folder in "Shared with me", select the content, and right-click the mouse button; select "Make a copy" in the pop-up window, then paste it to the corresponding location, and finally rename these files.

Make a Copy
Make a Copy

Note: Because Google Drive currently does not support copying folders, you can only open the folder and copy the inside contents.

Solution 3. Use Google Backup and Sync

Or, if you are using Google Backup and Sync, you can find target files directly on your local machine if you have chosen to sync these files automatically from cloud to local. If you have not chosen to sync these files, you can temporarily select to sync them. When the sync finishes, you can unselect them. Anyhow, you can find target files on local finally. Then, just set these files as sources for backing up to the 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 the above solutions but you may find it would take up space on your local PC. If you plan to move mass files from one Google Drive to another, it is clear that the above methods still have drawbacks. So, are there any other ways for migrating Google Drive from one account to another to be simpler and able to avoid the above problems?

Directly Copy Files from One Google Drive to Another in 4 Easier Ways

Luckily, you can directly clone from one Google Drive to another with the help of a FREE third-party cloud file manager, MultCloud.

  • Efficient: one-key cloud-to-cloud transfer, sync, backup without downloading and re-uploading.
  • Online Data Transfer: move data across data directly online without going through computers.
  • Schedule Task: set a specific time to transfer cloud data automatically as scheduled.
  • File Filter: specify a certain extension and transfer only this type of files.
  • Stable and Fast: runs on the MultCloud Server instead of relying on network connection.

MultCloud, as a free online cloud transfer service, not only can manage multiple cloud accounts at the same time but also supports transferring files across cloud drives. There are 4 ways in MultCloud which enable you to migrate files from one Google Drive to another as displayed below. No matter which way you are going to use it, you have to:

1. Create an account of MultCloud.
2. Add both of your Google accounts to MultCloud through the “Add Cloud” 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. Copy Files from One Google Drive to Another with "Copy to"

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 the "OK" button 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 cloud, just tick “Multi-select” on the bottom and then choose your destinations.

Solution 2. Sync Two Google Drive Accounts with "Cloud Sync"

How to move files from one Google Drive to another? You can sync files from the source account to the destination account. In the 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: As MultCloud supports Real Time Sync, “One-way Sync” and “Two-way Sync” modes, you can specify which way to sync files from source Google Drive to Destination one. 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 with "Cloud Transfer" 

Similarly, you can transfer files from one account to another in the 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”>>  "Email".
  • You can exclude/include certain files in “Options”>>"Filter".
  • Set a schedule cloud transfer or sync to automatically copy from one Google Drive to another.
  • Whether you use “Cloud Sync” or “Cloud Transfer” feature, you not only can sync/transfer files,  but also can sync/transfer folders or whole Google Drive.
  • As for how to copy a Google Drive to another drive, you can select one Google Drive as the source and another as the target while creating the task.

Solutions 4. "Share" Files from One Google Drive to Another

In addition to using the "Share" function of Google Drive to transfer files from different Google Drive accounts, the "Share" function of MultCloud can also assist users in copying files between different Google Drive accounts. If you want to share some good-looking pictures or interesting movie resources with your friends, this method can help you complete the operation very well.

1. First, you and your friend must register a MultCloud account, and then you add your respective cloud drive accounts to the MultCloud platform.
2. Open your Google Drive in MultCloud, select the content you want to share, and click the "Share" button, then select your sharing mode (Public Share, Private Share, and Source Share) in the pop-up window. Here is an example of private sharing.

Choose Share in Google Drive
Choose Share in Google Drive
Create a Private Share
Create a Private Share

Public Share: If you choose this sharing mode, any user who gets this link can get the content you share.
Private Share: In this sharing mode, you need to send the link and password to the user you want to share, so that she or he can get the corresponding content.
Source Share: After the user gets the link in this mode, the content will be directly presented in the “Shared with me” directory in Google Drive (provided that the user has created a Google Drive account).

3. After opening the link, your friend can choose to download the content to the computer, or choose to store the data on the cloud drive.

Direct Download or Save to Cloud
Direct Download or Save to Cloud


  • You can view all the created shares under the path of Shares>>My shares.
  • If you are sharing the entire folder, you can also set upload permissions, that is, your friend can upload his or her files to this folder.
My Shares
My Shares

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 the below items:

  • In the Cloud Sync task, choose “One-way Sync > Move Sync” in general options;
  • In the Cloud Transfer task, tick “Delete all source files after transfer is complete” in general options.
Delete All Source Files after Transfer is Complete
Delete All Source Files after Transfer is Complete

In addition to allowing you to copy from one Google Drive to another, MultCloud also permits you to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox, OneDrive, 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, remote upload files through URL links, copy/cut, paste files, share a file, etc.

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