About Google Drive

How much do you know about Google Drive? Google Drive, it’s a file storage and sync service developed by Google team. It’s launched on April 24, 2012. It allows users to store files on the server, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to the website, Google Drive also provides offline-enabled applications for Windows and macOS computers, as well as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage space for general users. Uploaded files are up to 5TB. Users can change the privacy settings for individual files and folders, including allowing content to be shared with other users or made public.

Why Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account?

In the past decade, due to fierce competition among large cloud companies, free cloud storage has really taken off, and all companies have provided free cloud storage products. Even though Google Drive generously provides 15GB of free space, you still want to copy folders from Google Drive to another account in the following situations:

  • These two accounts are under different domains so that you cannot directly share folders from one account to another account;
  • You want to make a backup for your important data and that’s why you want to copy folders between two Google Drive accounts;
  • With the increase of data storage, there is less and less space in google drive, so that you need to create another account to store some necessary folders.

How to Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account?

We all know Google Drive does not offer any direct way to transfer folders between Google Drive accounts but copying from one Google Drive to another can be made by 4 free and simple methods given below. In the following part, your first and second Google Drive accounts will be replaced with Google Drive 1 and Google Drive 2.

Solution 1. Transfer Folders from One Google Drive to Another with MultCloud

This is the most effective way to transfer data from one Google Drive to another account. As for why choose MultCloud, below are the detailed introductions.

  • MultCloud, as a free web-based cloud file transfer manager, it won’t ask you to download any application on your PC, which can save your hard drive space.
  • As an online cloud transfer service, it has subverted the traditional cloud to cloud transfer method, and no longer has to download and upload files to transfer files manually between clouds.
  • It values the user’s privacy and won’t save any account and password on its servers.
  • It offers lightning transfer speed, which can transfer petabytes of data in just a few weeks.

As for how to transfer google folders to another account, here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Create one MultCloud account. It’s free of charge. Or, you can sign in it directly with your Google or Facebook account.


Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. Log in and find “Add Clouds”, click on it, choose “Google Drive” to add, click on the “Next” button, and authorize MultCloud to get access to your Google Drive account. Follow the same way to add another Google Drive account to MultCloud.


Add Google Drive Account
Add Google Drive Account

Notes:

  • To distinguish between the two accounts, when adding your first Google Drive account, you can name it as Google Drive 1 and another account as Google Drive 2.
  • When adding an account, if you have already logged in to your Google account, MultCloud will add this account by default.

Step 3. Copy Google Drive folder to another account with “Cloud Transfer”. Click on “Cloud Transfer”, choose folder or folders that you want to copy from your Google Drive 1 as the source, select directory under your Google Drive 2 as the destination path, click on “Transfer Now” and the task will run immediately.


Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account
Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account

Tips:

  • If you want to transfer whole Google Drive 1 to Google Drive 2 while creating the task, you can choose Google Drive 1 as the source; if you just want to move files from one Google Drive to another, it’s recommended you use “Cloud Explorer” to make it.
  • If you want to know the transfer result, you can enable “Email Notifications” when creating the task.
  • If you want to copy Google Drive folders regularly, you can also enable “Schedule” so that you can back up your important data in time.

Solution 2. Transfer Folders between Google Drive Accounts with Google Takeout

If you want to copy folders from a work domain to your personal Google Drive account, you can make use of Google Takeout.

Step 1. Visit Google Takeout, select folder or folders that you want to copy from your Google Drive 1 account to include.


Select Folders to Include under Google Takeout
Select Folders to Include under Google Takeout

Tips:

  • When entering in Google Takeout, all products are ticked by default. If you want to migrate Drive, then uncheck the box beside it.
  • If you want to download specific folders under the Drive, tap on “All Drive data included”, select folders that you need, click on “Ok”, then only these folders you select are included.

  • Confirm Folders Selected
    Confirm Folders Selected

Step 2. Pull the mouse down to the bottom and click the "Next" button.
Step 3. Choose the Delivery method, here you need to select “Add to Drive” from the drop-down window otherwise it will select “Send download link via email” by default.


Add to Drive with Google Takeout
Add to Drive with Google Takeout

Note: Choose the Frequency and File type& size according to your situation. Exports larger than 2GB will be split into multiple files and zip files larger than 2GB will be compressed in zip 64.

Step 4. Click on “Create export” and wait for the process to complete.


create-export
create-export

Tips:

  • It will take minutes to days to complete according to your data size.
  • After it is complete, you will receive an email notification in your Gmail account linked to your Google Drive. Select “View in Drive” and you can view it through your Google Drive.

  • View in Drive
    View in Drive
  • Using this way will count toward the cloud storage of your Google Drive 1.

Step 5. Since it’s converted to a. zip file, then you need to download it to your local PC first.


Download Google Takeout ZIP File
Download Google Takeout ZIP File

Note: Files inside the folders will be converted to “offline formats”, meaning in most cases they will be Microsoft Office items, like Word and Excel, etc.

Step 6. After unpacking them, you can upload them to your Google Drive 2 through“Upload Folder”.


Upload Folders under Google Drive
Upload Folders under Google Drive

Note: When uploading to your Google Drive 2 account, be sure to check “Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format” through “Settings”.


Convert Uploads when Uploading
Convert Uploads when Uploading

Solution 3. Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account with “Share”

Step 1. Log in your Google Drive 1 account, select folders that you want to copy to your Google Drive 2 account, right-click and select “Share” from the pop-ups window.


Share Folders through Google Drive
Share Folders through Google Drive

Step 2. Type your Google Drive 2 as the receiver, click the “Done” button and click on the “Send” button.


Share with People or Groups
Share with People or Groups

Note: When sharing your folder to another account, you can assign permissions to this account through “Settings”.

Step 3. Log in your Google Drive 2 account and you will find these folders under “Shared with me”.

Note: If you want to add it to your Google Drive 2 account, you need to download them through “Share with me” first, unpack them and then upload them manually through “Upload Folder”.

Solution 4. Copy Folder from Google Drive to Another Account with “Download” and “Upload”

This method is the first solution most people can think of. Here are the detailed steps that you can follow to have a try.

Step 1. Log in your Google Drive 1 account and select folders that you want to copy from your Google Drive 1 to your Google Drive 2.
Step 2. Right-click, click on the “Download” button and the process will start.


Download Folders under Google Drive
Download Folders under Google Drive

Step 3. After downloading your folders to your PC, they will be converted to .zip file. Before uploading to your Google Drive 2 account, you need to unpack them first.
Step 4. Log in your Google Drive 2 account, you can upload them through “Upload Folder”.


Upload Folders under Google Drive
Upload Folders under Google Drive

Summary

As you can see, all solutions above can help copy Google Drive folder to another account. But in addition to the first solution, the other three require you to manually upload to another account in the end, no matter how you operate that’s why MultCloud, that’s to say, is commended to help transfer Google Drive to another account directly without switching accounts, downloading and uploading, logging in and out, etc.

In addition to “Cloud Transfer”, MultCloud also has “Cloud Explorer” and “Cloud Sync” functions. For “Cloud Explorer”, it’s like an online Windows Explorer. It not only allows you to copy, cut, delete, upload, share, etc. files through your own cloud; but also can help put multiple clouds together for better management. For “Cloud Sync”, which can help create sync relationships across clouds directly. No matter what you do to your source cloud, it always helps sync those operations to the target cloud in time. If you want to sync Google Drive with OneDrive free, you can make full use of it.

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