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A Brief Understanding of Shared With Me and My Drive

Google Drive is a great place to host all your important documents and files, as well as all the content shared with you by your friends and colleagues. On the website interface, Google Drive provides a variety of ways to filter and view files, folders, and Google documents. These filters can help you find files more easily. Here is the list of filters you can find in the left navigation bar:

► My Drive

Everything you create, sync, and upload in Google Drive is stored in this path. And, the contents in My Drive can be synced to the Google Drive folder on your computer.

► Shared With Me

1. All files, folders, and Google Docs shared with you by friends, family, or colleagues are placed under this path. For better viewing or updating, you can move them to My Drive.
2. The Shared with me filter does not include files shared to mailing lists or files set to "Anyone with the link" or "Public" (unless the file has been shared directly to your email address).

Why Choose to Move Shared With Me to My Drive?

Shared With Me to My Drive
Shared With Me to My Drive

We all know that Shared with me stores text files, pictures or videos shared with you by friends and colleagues. Under this option, you can easily get the content shared by friends or colleagues. Sometimes, for some reasons, users will choose to move or copy these contents to their own My Drive path.

  • For quick access: For some users, the data in Shared with me needs to be added to My Drive, so that when using the Google Drive application on the computer, they can edit the corresponding shared content directly in My Drive to better handle work-related matters and achieve efficient collaborative office.
  • In order to obtain permanent use rights: Some users simply gain permanent access to files or folders (such as e-books or interesting movies shared by friends or family). In this case, users need to permanently move the shared content to My Drive without making any changes to the data in Shared with me.

In view of the above situations, how to transfer files from Shared with me to My Drive more conveniently? Next, this article gives 3 suitable solutions to the user's needs, with detailed operation steps.

How to Move Files from Shared With Me to My Drive (For Quick Access)

First of all, for users who need to obtain a shortcut path, the following methods are provided to you.

Step 1: Go to Google Drive on the web and log in to your account.
Step 2: Enter the Shared with me interface and select the file or folder that needs to create a shortcut.
Step 3: Then, click the right mouse button and select "Add shortcut to Drive" in the pop-up window.

Add Shortcut to Drive
Add Shortcut to Drive

Step 4: Select the destination --- My Drive.

After the addition is successful, the shared content will be stored in My Drive in a shortcut, and then you can make any changes to the shared content according to the corresponding permissions.

  • Viewer: Anyone with the link can view the files in the folder.
  • Commenter: Anyone with the link can view and comment on the files in the folder.
  • Editor: Anyone with the link can view, comment, organize files, add new files, and edit existing files in the folder.

Warm Tip: If you think the above operations are troublesome, you can also use the "Shift+Z" shortcut key to directly add Shared with me to My Drive.

Shift+Z Option
Shift+Z Option

How to Move Files from Shared With Me to My Drive (For Permanent Copy)

For users who need to obtain permanent access to files, you can use two methods to permanently copy or move the data in Shared with me to My Drive.

Traditional Way: Upload and Download (Google Drive Built-in Option)

The first thing you can think of is to use upload & download method, because Google Drive does not provide other convenient ways, so you can only use this traditional way to achieve the goal.

Step 1: Select the files or folders to be copied in Shared with me (If you want to select all, you can use "Shift+A").
Step 2: Click the right mouse button, and then select the "Download" button in the pop-up window.

Download Folders from Shared With Me
Download Folders from Shared With Me

Step 3: Go to the My Drive interface and select "Upload files" or "Upload folder" in the drop-down window to upload the content just downloaded.

Upload Files or Upload Folder
Upload Files or Upload Folder

When using this method, you need to be aware that the entire process may be affected by the network condition. If the network status is not good, this process will last a long time. In addition, when a system failure is required, you may need to perform the task again, which is super troublesome.

Smart Way: Use MultCloud to Move Files or Folders from Shared With Me to My Drive

Using MultCloud can avoid the above problems and can help you move all the shared data well. As a multiple cloud file transfer manager, MultCloud supports 4 core functions: Cloud Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, and Remote Upload. With these functions, file transfer, sync and backup across cloud storage accounts and remote upload of web contents to cloud drives will be easy to operate.

In addition, there are many kinds of cloud drives supported in MultCloud, and all popular cloud drives (including Shared with me or Shared Drive) around the world can be bound to MultCloud to achieve unified management. When using MultCloud move files from Shared with me to My Drive, you need to use the Cloud Transfer function, which can help you permanently and quickly move the data. 

In addition to pure file moving functions, MultCloud also has some more user-friendly options:

  • Transfer Settings: Choose whether to delete the source file after the transfer is complete.
  • Email Notification: After the task is completed, you can get the corresponding email notification.
  • Schedule: Automatic cloud to cloud transfer can be executed regularly, which can be daily, weekly or monthly.

How to move Shared with me to My Drive with Cloud Transfer? Only 3 steps are required.

Step 1: Go to the MultCloud homepage and register an account with your email, or you can directly click "Try without signing up" to create a temporary account.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2: Add Shared with me and My Drive separately. After entering the MultCloud back-end interface, click "Add Cloud", and then select "Shared with me", and follow the instructions to grant MultCloud access to the account content. Then, add My Drive (that is, Google Drive) in the same way.

Add Shared With Me
Add Shared With Me

Step 3: Click "Cloud Transfer", then select Shared with me and Google Drive as the source and destination respectively, and finally click "Transfer Now".

Transfer Shared With Me to My Drive
Transfer Shared With Me to My Drive

★ What Can Other Functions of MultCloud Be Used For?

In addition to the above-mentioned Cloud Transfer, you may also be interested in other functions. If necessary, you can choose the corresponding function to use according to your needs.

  • Cloud Sync: It can help you sync data in real time between two or more clouds. You can choose from 9 custom sync modes: "Real Time Sync", "Two-way Sync", "Simple Sync", "Mirror Sync", "Move Sync", "Cumulative Sync", "Update Sync", "Incremental Sync", "Full Backup Sync".
  • Cloud Backup: It can assist you to back up important files or folders in a cloud to other cloud to better deal with data corruption or loss. If there is data loss, you can also use the related functions of MultCloud to restore to the original version.
  • Remote Upload: Many meaningful e-books, beautiful music, or movies that people watch repeatedly basically support the download of torrent files or magnet links. You can use remote upload to directly download some torrent files to a cloud, such as adding a magnet link to download files to Amazon S3.


How to move files from Shared with me to My Drive? If you only want to create a shortcut of Shared with me in My Drive, you can use "Add shortcut to Drive"; if you want to permanently copy the files in Shared with me in My Drive, you can use upload & download and the Cloud Transfer provided by MultCloud.

Of course, when using MultCloud, data migration will be relatively simple and easy to operate, and it is easy to get started. In addition, MultCloud also supports other applicable functions for free users, whether it is managing multiple cloud storage accounts, or syncing and transferring files from FTP to Google Drive or other clouds, which is very friendly.

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