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Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder."

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Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Linecrosser 5/11/12 1:47 PM
Needing more space for my local folder, I shut down the Google Drive program and moved my Google Drive folder to a different hard drive.   

Google Drive prompts me to locate the new folder location, but when I do, I receive an error message: "This is not your original Google Drive folder."

How do I resolve this issue? I didn't make any changes to the local Google Drive folder before I copied it to the new location.  
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." mightyneek 5/11/12 9:23 PM
Same issue here. I have my Google Drive on an external drive and I reformatted my computer. I went to reconnect it and was told at first folder is not empty... (well ok.. I let it recreate under C:\Users\Feces\etc..) When I disconnected it and tried to assign it to the CORRECT folder I was told it was NOT the original Google Drive folder. WHAT. THE. FACK. GOOGLE. FAIL.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Linecrosser 5/14/12 6:01 AM
Anyone there?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." mightyneek 5/14/12 10:15 AM
I ended up just letting the whole damn thing re-download from the cloud. Major epic Google fail for not letting us being smart about this.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Linecrosser 5/14/12 3:38 PM
Apparently Google wants us to use more of our bandwidth -- and theirs -- downloading the whole folder from the cloud, instead of reconciling the few differences between the local folder and the cloud copy that may occur when moving the local folder. 

Suggestion:  When Google Drive notices that the local folder doesn't match (but it is very close to a match), it should prompt for allowing the local drive to be conformed to the cloud copy.  Usually this would be a heck of a lot less bandwidth spent than downloading the whole cloud copy and starting over!

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." mightyneek 5/14/12 3:40 PM
Agreed. My thoughts exactly. It's like... they plan for the user to have no brain and just push data down our throats.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager 5/16/12 11:06 AM

Hi everyone,

Thanks for posting. If you moved the Google Drive folder to a new place on your computer:

  1. Click the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.
  2. Select "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."
  3. Click Locate folder...
  4. Select your folder in its new location and click Open.
  5. Google Drive will reconnect.
Let me know if you run into any more issues.

Cheers,
Teresa
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." aphillippe 5/16/12 11:24 AM
I've followed your instructions to the letter but still get the same error.. not your original drive folder.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." aphillippe 5/16/12 11:31 AM
Solved:
1) Disconnect account
2) Quit from Drive
3) Open Drive again
4) log in again
5) You are taken to the setup wizard again
6) choose a different folder
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Linecrosser 5/17/12 7:56 PM
Teresa, 

The issue is that we're following your instructions, but Step 5 ("Google Drive will reconnect") isn't happening.  

Instead, Google Drive gives an error ("This is not your original Google Drive folder.")
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." ranaprashant 5/21/12 1:24 AM
I had to format my computer. Now when I selected the current folder it told me "not an empty folder" I then renamed my old folder. created another google drive folder. copy pasted the whole contents from the original folder to the new one. What google drive did was synced it again. A little later I checked and now I have duplicate files everywhere. On the cloud as well as in my local folder. I am also syncing it to another computer of mine and it has screwed up there as well. Bandwidth is anyware scarce here and google drive sucked it a little more. if the file has not been modified/renamed and it is already there on the web drive whats the need of uploading it again?  Can anyone tell me how to remove the duplicates now. 
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." brennan2374 5/21/12 8:40 AM
I followed this same process and was also left with duplicate files.  Is anyone at google looking to fix this anytime soon?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." maigais 5/22/12 12:35 AM
Had same issue, most stupid thing is that I copied in backup so I do not need to sync 30gbs from net.

Drive created Folder (1) !!!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." overtones99 6/1/12 5:08 AM
Same problem here.
I just migrated from an old macbook to a macbook pro yesterday, and Google Drive reports incorrectly "Your Google Drive is missing", even though it's sitting right there. When I click the "locate" button, and choose the Google Drive folder, it then complains: "This is not your original Google Drive folder. This folder has the same name but is not the original folder. Please find and select the original."

How dumb.
Please fix! I don't want to play around with this and end up with duplicates of everything online!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." overtones99 6/1/12 5:09 AM
excuse me - the initial message is: "Your Google Drive folder is missing."
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Dominik74 6/21/12 12:44 AM
This is not the best answer. 

I just migrated from OSX snow leopard to lion and google drive refuses to believe that my google drive folder is the original one ("This is not your original Google Drive folder." Well, it is!). It also does not help to set up google drive again, because then it complains that it wants an empty folder to start with.

It seems I have to download all my 5 GB from the cloud again. And loose a whole morning.

Please do something about this!
TD-bone 6/23/12 7:13 AM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." deepwat3r 6/24/12 10:55 PM
Lol it's a lost cause folks, another drone will soon post the same form-letter instructions you see twice above.  The bottom line is that once Drive stops recognizing your folder, you have no choice whatsoever but to re-download everything from the cloud.  It's idiotic, but that's how it is until they decide to take this thing out of BETA.  Obviously it's far from a finished product.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 6/28/12 2:02 PM
Just registering my interest in this topic.. I have my google drive synced on 3 PC's and i've already had to download the full contents of the drive once before.. On my connection this took 3 days on and off.. it's really not acceptable!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." travm 6/30/12 4:27 AM
Fail - as per the other 20 or so users with the same problem your solution DOES NOT WORK.

With over 40Gb on the drive there is no way I'm copying it all back down from the cloud.

Bye bye Google Drive - Hello again old friend Dropbox FTW.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." LaunchpadMcQuack 6/30/12 4:35 PM
Doesn't work.  And not responding to people's CONTINUED posting of this is straight bull.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." travm 7/1/12 7:25 PM
" Let me know if you run into any more issues."

Yep done that - as have many others.

Where's the response??
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." SeanBond 7/21/12 6:40 AM
This DOES NOT work. Cancelling my subscription right now.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." SidecarHarry 7/23/12 3:51 PM
Just adding my name to the list of people suffering the same problem.

I migrated to a new mac and now Drive gives the "This is not your original Google Drive folder" when I try to "locate folder".

Dropbox worked perfectly, however, so I'm uninstalling Drive and going back to that.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." luc72 7/25/12 10:21 AM
Same problem here... Teresa, your solution DOES NOT WORK!
My HD failed, luckily I have GDrive folder mirrored to another HD. But when I select the other folder I get the error "This is not your original Google Drive folder".
I cannot sync 17GB again.... please fix this bug..

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." nonameo 7/26/12 2:51 AM
Im in the process of changing ssd\disk on five computers using Google Drive sync.

Had the same issue of non empty folder after doing the first machine, shocked that this has been a known issue for months i removed all GB from Google drive.


Well, in the tip section ive written about using revo uninstaller to remove registry keys and backup a app folder.

I did test this several times in vmware and it worked. So, ok i thought and started using Google Drive again, but this time with only 1GB.

Then installed new ssd\disk on another machine, did the registry clean and backup folder thing only to find out it this trick did not work on new hardware. 

Ok, so had to resync 1GB of data, after a restart i got logged out and it complained about missing drive folder so had to disconnect and resync again.

So, after cleaning registry you are able to point to same folder again so long as you dont move the drive folder to new hardware.

The skydrive app has this working, why not the google one?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Thanks Terrassa 7/30/12 1:40 PM
Thanks Teresa,

My attempt at the step 5 of your instruction does not happen just like many others.

I am letting you know that I have more issues just as you asked.

Thanks a lot.

Your instructions are worthless.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MoreBadSW 7/31/12 4:39 PM
Same deal.  Just did a clean install of Mountain Lion (to clean up the mess left behind by the Lion update last year - thanks Apple for making me spend another $20 on what can hardly be called a new OS).  Skydrive reconnected immediately on reinstall.  Google Drive won't connect after following instructions above.  Makes no sense to download everything again.  I'll just move it to Skydrive if Google can't be bothered to fix this.  Might just as well move my Google Apps account too.

Sad to say that after years of monopolistic behavior it is MS that now get that the customer matters while Apple and Google move further to the dark side every day until one day the drones in love with them wake up and smell the coffee.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." stevemd 8/7/12 6:05 AM
How is the "Best Answer" chosen here? Teresa, the "Google Drive Community Manager" posted a stock answer from their FAQs, to which 33 people have -1'd and none have +1'd, all participants note that the answer is inadequate, yet the question is answered??

As a manager of this community, Teresa appears to have either abandoned us or ignored us. Even a "we know about this problem and are working on it" acknowledgement would be appreciated. Helloooo?

MoreBadSW below makes an ironic point: Microsoft Skydrive is getting it right and Google is clueless. We're in Fringe and have crossed into an alternate universe.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Kelly Elton 8/31/12 10:43 PM
This is a terrible fix. Re-download the whole thing again? Maybe not.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." James 9/3/12 11:01 AM
Same problem here, same "more issues" as addressed by everyone else.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Thanks Terrassa 2 9/3/12 11:06 AM
Thanks Terrassa!

You SUCK!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." thenilly 9/3/12 10:27 PM
This is an embarrassment for google.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Vipin Bothra 9/6/12 9:07 AM
Ok so I am facing the same problem and after lots of searching, i found this link -

I think the second procedure should work.
But I cannot try as I am facing several other issues including not being able to create a drive folder on FAT32 partition, so if any one gets the above solution working please post back.

Thanks.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." RSauve 9/8/12 11:50 AM
Hi Teresa, 

I just migrated to a new Mac and like the other users here the posted solution does not work.  Please let know how to fix the problem or what Google is doing to fix the problem with a time frame.

Best,

Russ
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." robertkm 9/13/12 12:02 PM
Another -1 from me - this answer is NOT the solution.

I had my google drive folder on a NAS (Synology Diskstation).

After restarting the Diskstation, it doesn't recognize the folder any longer.

I'm talking about 200 GIG here that I'm NOT going to dl again, for sure.

Is there anyone from google around that reads or even gives a sh*t about 70 users with the same problem??
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." zooty 9/15/12 4:20 PM
robertkm I had my google drive on my diskstation which I just updated to dsm 4.1......now google drive can't find folder.  Wonder if update messed it up. Any way same problem here and I didn't move or change anything with google drive folder.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MikeThicke 9/17/12 1:56 PM
Reinstalled OS, got this error. I'm not wild about deleting my local copy and downloading everything from the server, which seems like the only solution.

Google please fix this, or at least respond. Could the customer service be any worse? Aren't I paying for this?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." luc72 9/20/12 3:49 AM
Please can anyone here at Google reply?? Are you fixing this problem?
I'm PAYING for this service! So, at least a simple reply would be very appreciated ...
I need to change the backup HD and I cannot re-download AGAIN 30GB of data.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Stooooo 9/20/12 6:25 AM
I am still getting the error "This is not your original Google Drive folder."  This occurred after doing a Time Machine system restore.  I have no choice but to delete the folder, disconnect, sign out, sign back in, and redownload everything.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." giacomo vannucchi 10/1/12 1:27 AM
Teresa you are useless...
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." sarsfield 10/3/12 11:40 AM
changed location of Drive folder and now it's telling me that folder is missing & all files have to be downloaded again - what a scandal:@
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Kevin McCall 10/4/12 6:46 PM
Here is a great description of the problem: http://help.bombich.com/discussions/questions/11752-incomplete-clone

Now we just need someone at Google to fix this.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." RawMean 10/18/12 5:12 PM
SOLUTION: 
- Rename the existing Google Drive folder to something else ((e.g., OLD_GoogleDrive)
- Reinstall Google Drive
- Let it download /sync all the files from the cloud

At this point you can either delete the older GoogleDrive folder (the one that you've rename) or you can hold on to it in case you discover that something is missing from the cloud.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." maigais 10/18/12 6:58 PM
I do not want to dl  200Gb, specially if my monthly quota is 50
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Kelly Elton 10/18/12 10:11 PM
I think the whole point here is the fact that there should be no reason that the software shouldn't be able to handle it. Problem is the software was half assed, and poorly maintained it would seem. I mean, common, not like they don't have the resources to spend a month making a service that many of us PAY for actually usable. What surprises me is the absolute simplicity of the problem, and that this product even exists in such a state. It's like someone said "What's the minimum we need in order to have a dropbox like product?"
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." maigais 10/19/12 2:08 AM
spot on! very slack from google
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tyler Kelley 10/19/12 3:05 PM
Hello is anyone there? I am a paying customer as well. I have had to redownload over 50,000 files over 5 times now. I am now looking for a replacement. Google Drive is not worth the trouble.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Auriam 10/22/12 10:15 PM
Same here. Tried the suggestion another person made on the thread at http://www.poweraxess.com/internet/change-google-drive-default-folder-location-in-windows (rename folder to something besides 'google drive', disconnect account, quit Google Drive, restart Google Drive, reconnect account, pause syncing and move all files back into the new Google Drive directory, click 'resume') - but Google Drive is too "clever" to allow that to work. It starts downloading DUPLICATES OF THE FILES ALREADY IN THE DIRECTORY! If I had a directory called 'Audio,' it will start downloading it as "Audio (1)". Infuriating!

Has Google heard of something called a file hash? MD5?

Is this difficulty actually part of a security mechanism to prevent someone nefarious from 'cloning' someone else's Google Drive account by simply copying the directory? But why would that matter, if they had to sign in with that person's password anyway?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Auriam 10/22/12 10:36 PM
...I think the reason we're not getting a fix on this is that there are apparently far more serious problems others are having with Google Drive!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Vipin Bothra 10/23/12 12:27 AM
Aaah after failingly trying solutions suggested by various forums I made the decision to UNINSTALL google drive and switch back to dropbox.
I did following steps -
1. Exit dropbox and google drive on my machine.
2. Copy data from google drive cloud to dropbox cloud
->https://mybackupbox.com/ helped me here and without using my bandwidth I was able to copy whole data (limited to dropbox account size)
3. Move the google drive folder contents on my machine to dropbox folder
->Take care to have the same directory structure as on cloud.
4. Start dropbox on my machine and it will SMARTLY just index the files and only upload/download mismatching files.

Uffff I am feeling great...let me know if any details are required.

Dropbox!!!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tom Kavanagh 10/30/12 7:03 AM
I've got the same problem on a Macbook-Pro. I reformatted the hard for a spring clean, and fix a few software issues i had. I of course copied the content of the google drive to an external drive thinking that I would just copy it back into the folder when ever thing was re set up and running. OH NO! google seem to want me to re-download 90GB of data WTF!

I also have DropBox which was simple to re-sync files, simple as 1-2-3 to do the above PERFECT! Why is google making it so hard yes Google is a little cheeper the DropBox but at this moment in time the service is far better!

Anyone know have to fix this other then downloading the 90GB over the next 3 days??????

Google HELP!

Tom
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 10/30/12 7:07 AM
Can't help you in this situation, but this is my set up and how i get around this problem.

My Google drive folder is sat on the D drive, so when i format i don't have to move it. If you can have this set up, then you can follow the below instructions to avoid having to re-download it all.. It wont help you in a crash situation, but if it's a planned format then it works.. i've done it several times : 

You would typically have to start from scratch, but as long as the files' inode numbers don't change, there is a workaround. You need to back up and restore Drive's metadata after formatting.
Are you on OSX or Windows? On Windows, the metadata is in %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Drive. On OSX, it's in ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Drive.
Before formatting, quit Drive and save a copy of this directory's contents. Once you have it, don't start Drive again before formatting (if you do, get a new copy of the directory after quitting). After formatting, replace the directory in the same spot before starting Drive. You should be good to go.


I've posted this information in another thread, but it doesn't fit most peoples needs.. such as moving the folder.. but if you can keep it static then this works.. (i actually have a script set up to backup this folder each time i turn off my machine.. so it quits drive and copies the folder.. that way, if i ever can't boot up, i still have the meta data saved.

I hope this helps someone.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 10/30/12 7:08 AM
Thinking about it, it should work if it's on your C drive too.. Just backup both folders.. then after the format, copy the folder back, then install, then copy the DRIVE meta data back and launch drive.. it should be fine.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Kelly Elton 10/30/12 9:57 AM
Helpful, but it still doesn't fix the fact that the software is dumpy.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 10/30/12 9:58 AM
You're right, but we are seemingly on our own.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Kelly Elton 10/30/12 10:09 AM
Yeah probably, I just keep hoping someone from google stumbles across this and goes "Holy shit" and smacks the devs that made this desktop client.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." stevemd 10/30/12 11:07 AM
I added a comment here: <a href="http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2012/10/one-click-to-docs-sheets-and-slides.html?showComment=1351620340509#c7186876768941772579">http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2012/10/one-click-to-docs-sheets-and-slides.html?showComment=1351620340509#c7186876768941772579</a>
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." matt.bayliss 10/31/12 10:51 PM
This has been an issue since May, and nothing?

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 - I used Windows Easy Transfer to backup and restore my directories, including my entire Google Drive folder. Installed Google Drive, got the "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing", clicked Locate Folder, pointed it to the restored folder (in the default C:\Users\Matt\Google Drive directory), and the "This is not your original Google Drive folder" message appeared.

So, I disconnected by account, I made a backup of the folder, then deleled the Google Drive folder, and let it start from scratch. It started downloading my entire Google Drive contents, so I right-clicked and chose "Pause", copied the backup contents into the fresh Google Drive folder, and un-Paused, and then it created a duplicate folder of everything! ie Docs and Docs1.
I assume it was going to download my entire Docs directory from the cloud, and then upload the exact same files from the other directory. So rather than trying to save bandwidth, it would double it??

And it's been this way for months? I Google my issue and end up here. I did try the "Second Procedure" from: http://www.poweraxess.com/internet/change-google-drive-default-folder-location-in-windows, which basically involves tricking Drive into syncing only one empty folder, and then dumping your old folder contents in there and changing the preferences to sync the whole library, but at step 12 (setting it to sync the whole library again) it created the duplicates of the folders again.




Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." deepwat3r 10/31/12 11:22 PM
Sadly yes, it's been an issue since launch with no meaningful response from Google.  Baffling that they would launch such a half-assed product.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Thanks Terrassa 2 11/1/12 4:40 PM
Google drive sucks. I don't even use it anymore and I'm sick of hearing people constantly complain about this issue with no response from Google.

How do I unsubscribe from this thread?

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Sam Scales 11/5/12 7:00 AM
To move your drive to a new location,

Copy the Gdrive to its new location
Disconnect the account in drive settings
uninstall drive from add remove programs
Delete any data in the old drive folder
visit drive (online web version) and re-download drive software
When installing drive software select the advanced tick box
Select you drive folder in its new location.
Done.

 
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 11/5/12 10:14 AM
Have you actually read this forum? If you had you'd know that what you've written is absolute drivel and it doesn't work.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." deepwat3r 11/5/12 10:42 AM
Um, I think you're rather missing the point, Sam.  This thread remains unresolved because the only solution for moving the Drive folder is to RE-DOWNLOAD everything in your folder.  Compared to competing products, that is simply unacceptable.  
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Thanks Terrassa 2 11/5/12 5:35 PM
yeah Sam good job. You suck.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Fernando Scheps 11/7/12 9:10 AM
This is a chat I held today with Google Support "Iron Man" (no joke) November 11th 2012 regarding the "How to point Google Drive where my Google Drive folder is after format".

Short version: There is no practical way to do this if you already formatted. 

Long version: Check the Chat history:

chatsupport 5:46 PM
You are now connected to Tony Stark. Please type your message and hit 'Enter' to send.
me 5:46 PM
Hello (Tony Stark?)
Tony Stark 5:46 PM
Hi Fernando, how may I assist you?
me 5:47 PM
I am being provided support by Iron Man itself? 
Anyway, thats cool 
Tony Stark 5:47 PM
:) 
me 5:47 PM
Lets me tell you my problem
Tony Stark 5:47 PM
Sure.
me 5:48 PM
I`ve reformatted a computer with Windows 7 where I had installed Google Drive on a secondary drive (not C). No I am installing Google Drive again but I want to assign the original Google Drive container so I don't have to sync everything again from the cloud (85 GB or so). How do I do this?
Tony Stark 5:49 PM
The issue with reformatting or restoring images is that Drive indexes your files' physical disk address, inode data, with the file
While some users claim to have merged their previous folder with a new installation
this typically cannot be done.
It won't allow reusing the original unless you used a software restore
that does not move the allocated sectors
me 5:50 PM
But shouldn't Google Drive have to intelligently see that the contents of the drive are still there? And not sync everything again.
Tony Stark 5:50 PM
It could.
I sent submissions to add that in already.
So far it is not in the present version.
me 5:50 PM
This is not only a downside for me that I have to download everything again, but also to you guys, you will spend a lot of money on bandwith!
Tony Stark 5:50 PM
Yes.
me 5:52 PM
We really need this ASAP. Its basic and re-syncing this amount of info will take several days. I was reading some Google forum and a lot of users are waiting for months something like this. We as users feel totally abandoned.
Where can I see a progress or on what Google is working regarding this project? It would be nice to see the milestones at least so we know what to expect and when.
Tony Stark 5:53 PM
We don't have a changelog available ( I requested it posted ), but there is a known issues page in the help center
and the blog site from press
on Google Docs and Drive
me 5:53 PM
So there is no information on anything?
Tony Stark 5:53 PM
just the web postings
me 5:53 PM
I dont understand how Google can charge for a product and then avoid support completely. Please we need Google to improve things quickly or they will start to go away to the competition. I hope you can make this comments to someone on the management.
Tony Stark 5:54 PM
Ok.
me 5:54 PM
Thank you?
Bye
Tony Stark 5:54 PM
They're aware of it but Engineering has to make the changes
me 5:54 PM
Then tell the Engineer equipment to start caring about the customers that pay please.
Tony Stark 5:55 PM
Right now, they're still focusing on resolve known bugs etc.
Alright.
me 5:55 PM
Thanks
Tony Stark 5:55 PM
You're welcome.
Have a good day sir.
me 5:55 PM
Same to you bye.

For the ones interested the link to obtain chat support I used is: http://support.google.com/drive/bin/request.py?hl=en&contact_type=contact_policy&p=paid_storage_support 

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 11/7/12 9:13 AM
It sounds like you managed to talk to someone that at least had a clue. he is right about the inode values and (aslong as you havn't formatted yet) you'll be fine with the method i've posted previously.

I'm glad they are fixing so called bugs.. but to be honest, i've not seen any and would much rather that this be sorted out!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." stoica.icb 11/15/12 2:32 AM
I had the misfortune of signing out of google drive.
Now I have to download 50 Gb of data all over again, on the work connection, which has 50+ computers on.
Only solution is to let it download overnight.
Thanks, google.
Not a deal breaker yet, 100 Gb in the cloud for 5 USD / month is the best deal.
The price tells you this is not the best product on the market.
Oh well.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hmir 11/17/12 2:35 AM
I had to disconnect my account as I had changed my Google password.

This resulted in Google Drive failing, so I disconnected and reconnected.

However, it wants to download ALL the data that is already on my hard drive.

This product has been designed/developed by morons.

I have moved to Dropbox as it seems clear that in the last 5 months, Google have done nothing about this problem.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." fscheps 11/17/12 9:53 AM
A lot of us are going to move to Dropbox even though is more expensive. At least it works as it should.

A tip for Google: If you want to start an online drive business your starting point should be as the best product of the leader in the market (Dropbox), not the worst.

The lack of respect from Google not answering users issues is incredible. Users are paying for its service and nobody is working on making the product better.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." flamingkitten 11/19/12 7:23 AM
Got a new computer at work. IT moved everything from my old computer onto the new one. I noticed that it was not syncing. So I:
  1. Clicked the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.
  2. Selected "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."
  3. Clicked Locate folder...
  4. Selected the Google Drive folder and clicked Open.
  5. Google Drive tells me: "This is not your original Google Drive folder. ... Please find and select the Original."
So how do I make Drive work again?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." stoica.icb 11/19/12 7:36 AM
Yeah.
No solution to that my friend, other than re-downloading all that you need from the web again.
I signed-out by accident, and when I signed back in, well, I could not tell the syncing software that I moved my Google Drive to another location.
So, I re-downloaded 28 Gb of inormation.
Nice, isn't it?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager 11/20/12 3:22 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks for your follow up to this issue. Google Drive currently does not support relocating the Google Drive folder to a different hard drive or restoring from disk images. Moving your files to a new physical location doesn't allow the sync client to use previous Google Drive folders as your sync directory. 

For this reason, we recommend users install on their local C drive or equivalent. You can move the Google Drive folder to a new location within the same disk as detailed in steps previously provided:
  1. Click the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.
  2. Select "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."
  3. Click Locate folder...
  4. Select your folder in its new location and click Open.
  5. Google Drive will reconnect.
Best,

Teresa
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." sarsfield 11/20/12 3:25 PM
Teresa, you've got a neck longer than the Eiffel Tower
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." stoica.icb 11/20/12 3:30 PM
Dear Teresa,
I know that is textbook answer for this issue
Please understand it does not work.
If Google did not change something in the last 2 days, it is just not working.
All the best from a customer who still pays, as he now understands the limitations of the service, but hopes for this issue to be solved.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." maigais 11/21/12 12:48 AM
It doesn't work!

What google drive will do - double up all content.


When Drive will support this feature?



Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." fscheps 11/21/12 1:41 AM
Teresa although we appreciate the idea of some Googler to check on this forum it would be nice if you could read the whole thread.

As you can see your steps dont work without having duplication problems.

I have this crazy theory that if a company has to release a company to compete against another one (for example Dropbox) the new product (Google Drive) should at least match already existing functionalities.

We as paying users feel totally abandonned, there is no news, now working schedule no collections of ideas from besides of Google to improve the service. Take a look at Dropbox VoteBox that is nice and can show you and let you show the public on what Google is working. Till now is all a mistery. 
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/21/12 3:20 AM
Teresa

At least this answers the question of why I could not put the Google Drive folder into the D partition of my on-board hard disc drive.  It seems it only works if the GDrive folder is in C partition/drive.

I had asked this question in another thread quite recently, but nobody from Google bothered to comment.  I know there a lots of posts every day, but Google is big enough to employ sufficient people to handle them.

However, it seems that I cannot move the GDrive folder out of its present Desktop location to somewhere else, according to all the people here.  I do not think Desktop is a good place for it.

(Win XP SP3, Firefox, Chrome)
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Sam Scales 11/21/12 3:50 AM
you can move the drive to any location. I have it on D drive. The issues above are to do with all the info being copied back down from google if you do move it.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/21/12 4:59 AM
D drive does NOT work; I tried again hopefully after my last post.  I do not know what I am doing wrong.

As mentioned, the Google Drive folder sits/sat in Desktop.

I tried following

1)  Moving GDrive folder to C drive
2)  Putting stuff in D drive (partition on on-board HDD, not on an external one).  (Strictly it is E drive because D is allocated to the internal DVD player, but will use D here because I think most people get that).
3) Putting stuff in C drive

I did/do not mind doing a full synchronisation because I have only a few dozen files in Google Docs.  I would hate to have to do that if I had hundreds or thousands of files up, as some people seem to have.

1) Moving to C\Google Drive
My second-choice location.
I moved the folder from Desktop to the new location using Windows Move File and followed instructions (even having quit and restarted the app) , but got error message “The G Drive folder you have selected is not empty.  Please select an empty folder.”

In other words, MOVING the folder does not work.

I ‘emptied’ (i.e. deleted) the folder and deleted an associated shortcut I found, quit the app and started again.  Because of the way my computer is set up, the app (correctly) offered D drive but said it could not be used.  I changed location to C drive, got another error message, but because the sync button was not greyed out clicked on it.
Almost immediately there was an error message telling me that the app had to close.  (I had seen this before.)
Nevertheless I checked and found C\Google Drive, which contained a partial synchronisation.

I also saw this before, when I managed to get sync’ing to finally work with GDrive folder on C\Desktop.

2) Putting stuff in D drive
My first-choice location.
Despite starting from scratch, complete failure.  Did not get beyond D\Google Drive being inaccessible, with no sync button being available, even with “advanced” option.

3) Putting stuff in C drive, root directory (not C\Desktop)
I started from scratch and got same result as in (1) above.

I reopened/restarted the Google Drive Sync and, Lo!, sync’ing had completed as mentioned in (1) above.


Sam, how do you manage to utilise D drive when Teresa specifically ruled it out?

I have not tried uninstalling and reinstalling the app (which would be a ridiculous requirement). I had previously reported that it never worked with D\Google Drive anyway.  My successful procedure of deleting the GDrive folder in the old location, starting again and ignoring error messages, is also unsatisfactory, being acceptable only for beta-testing.  It is entirely unsatisfactory for handling thousands of files and folders.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." edm_63 11/23/12 7:51 AM
I had the same issue:
  • - had a working Google Drive folder on drive E: on a windows XP installation
  • - installed Windows 7 on a new SSD drive
  • - renamed E:\Google Drive to E:Google Drive Old
  • - reinstalled Google Drive pointing at drive E:\ - this created a new empty E:\Google Drive folder
  • - stopped synchronization and exited Google Drive
  • - moved back my old E:Google Drive Folder
  • - Google Drive complained not being the original Google Drive folder
  • - stopped Google Drive
  • - Copied the following files from the old Windows XP C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Drive
    •     snapshot.db
    •     snapshot.db-shm
    •     snapshot.db-wal
    •     sync_config.db
  • to the new Windows 7 C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Google\Drive, replacing the ones already there
  • - restarted Google Drive and it synced without complaining and without re-downloading everything

This procedure works if you disconnect and/or reinstall Google Drive and still have the db files from the last synchronization in the old Application Data\Google\Drive  folder.
It's probably enough to copy back only snapshot.db and sync_config.db...

Hope it helps... at least it worked for me!

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hmir 11/23/12 11:25 AM
@edm_63 - Thank you for posting your procedure.

Can you tell us if this would work if the drive letter or the folder name were to change? I doubt this as the files you are copying from the documents folder would have the path:\foldername hardcoded into them.

For instance;

Old folder was: E:\Google Drive\

New folder name: E:\GDrive\
or
New Folder name: D:\Google Drive\

Any ideas if the above changes would still work with the copying of the config files from the USER folder as you suggested?

Mir.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/23/12 11:30 AM
+1  (on same HDD).
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." edm_63 11/23/12 2:34 PM
@hmir

I believe it should work.
It will probably tell you that the Google Drive folder is missing (there is a pointer to the full path in sync_config.db), but the procedure for the moved folder should work.

Click the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.
Select "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."
Click Locate folder...
Select your folder in its new location and click Open.
Google Drive will reconnect (hopefully...).

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." fscheps 11/23/12 2:37 PM
Thanks a lot for sharing your procedure. But its a pain in the @ss to remember one more thing to backup before formatting :) 

There should be a more easy way to do this. For example if this files where the first thing to be synced by Google Drive we could just save all this trouble...

Google seem to abandoned a product they just launched. It works so basic that Dropbox makes it look like a crippled app. Many users are thinking on moving back to Dropbox even if there storage costs are higher...Its a pitty that Google really doesnt pays enought attention to the products they charge for. The same thing is happening with other product lines like Google Apps Business where the Google Apps Sync App is not compatible with Outlook 2013 when it is already on the market...thats is a total #FAIL.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." edm_63 11/23/12 2:48 PM
You are right, but I have nothing to do with Google. I dropped to this post trying to find a solution like all of you. Not having found a reply from Google, I tried to find a solution myself and ended up with this one. 
I couldn't find a more easy way. If you happen to find a better one please let us know....
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." fscheps 11/23/12 5:45 PM
Totally right and we really appreciate your input its because of users like you we can get into workarounds when companies like Google doesnt take care of their customers. Thanks! Sorry if my comment has been misunderstood ;)
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 11/24/12 1:47 PM
I just moved my Google Drive folder to another physical drive and tried to re-point the software there exactly as per the instruction but I am getting the "This is not your original Google Drive folder" error, too. And with 92 GB backups in the cloud, downloading it all does not make any sense to me. Any hints?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/25/12 8:07 AM
That "should" work, but it did not work for me, and I have seen what Piotr L reported on 24 Nov.
I found a workaround, as I explained in another thread,
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hmir 11/25/12 8:56 AM
DAS1951 - Can you please post a link to this other thread you speak of? Also, does this workaround actually work if you change the folder name or drive letter?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/25/12 10:27 AM
hmir, I found my reply further back in *this* thread, on 21 Nov.  There have been several threads on this subject and I even started one, but nobody took that one up.  My text in this thread was

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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/25/12 10:42 AM
PS.  In case not obvious here, the question of drive letter change is mentioned.  Teresa ruled out any drive other than C, which would explain why I managed to get the Google Drive folder onto the Desktop and then into the root directory of C drive, but not into D (or E) drive on same HDD.

Note that even moving from one place on the C drive to another required the workaround of deleting and starting again.

Sam claimed to have installed the GDrive folder in D but never answered my question of how he did it.  See original post (21 Nov) in this thread for associated posts.

The degree of pain in the rear end of not being able to move the GDrive folder as easily as I should be able to (and out of C drive) is not so great.  Because of the way I am working at this stage I am basically only interested in GDocs and it involves only a few dozen files.  When the wrinkles in sync'ing etc are ironed out I may utilise the GDrive folder more.   As things stand I would absolutely *not* use it for backup anyway (I take other measures for real online backup.).
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." edm_63 11/25/12 12:26 PM
You are right, It doesn't work if you change the physical drive. 
As previously noted the problem is that Drive indexes your files' physical disk address, inode data, with the file.
So, it doesn't matter which drive (C,D,E...) you place it initially.
Moving or renaming the GDrive folder on the same drive does not change the physical allocation of the files, while changing drive or physically restoring it from a backup DOES change the inode data and invalidate the indexes.  
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 11/25/12 1:23 PM
OK I am gonna bite the bullet and re-download. The thing is, the new location of the Google Drive folder iz Z: (a NAS drive). So far I synced about 40% without issues so this should work just fine.

My next concern is: if I ever reinstall OS on the PC where the Google Drive is currently installed, then repoint GD to that NAS location (mapped under Z:), will this work or will I have to re-download again?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 11/25/12 1:33 PM
I do not understand the thing you are mentioning about physical addresses, inodes etc. Service like Google Drive (or any other in-cloud filesystem) should be agnostic of local physical data layers. It should simply take the paths and file contents and not to care about physical aspects of the local storage.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." edm_63 11/25/12 1:55 PM
Piotr, It worked for me. I reinstalled the OS on a different disk drive, having the GD folder on disk D (untouched).
As far as the inode issue is concerned, I suppose it's an architectural choice (a poor one...) to keep track of the local file changes...
Why not use CRCs or file hashes? I don't know, ask Google...
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/25/12 2:24 PM
Piotr et al, when you speak of a separate physical HDD, do you mean a second HDD?  In my case I have two drive letters on the same physical drive, which is the one built into my computer.

I was unable to get the GDrive folder to install on the non C drive or sync from it when moved there from C using Windows Explorer Move to.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 11/25/12 2:32 PM
I mean a NAS drive mapped under a letter from the far end of the alphabet.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." RFclipse 11/25/12 7:22 PM

Damn.  I woke up this morning and decided it was time to move everything (or most things) to the cloud.   I just made my first payment to Google for 100GB, then started uploading my ~75 GB's of content.  I'm not sure how I came across this post, but I read the whole thing (which appears to be more than I can say for any Google employees).  This sounds like it could be a deal breaker for me.  I re-format fairly often and will probably upgrade my computer before too long. As everyone else has mentioned, this issue is completely ridiculous and makes Drive seem amateur when compared with some of the other offerings.  I see that Dropbox is ~2x the cost, but I'm leaning towards cancelling my upload, pulling my subscription, and taking my business elsewhere.  The headaches I anticipate down the road because of this are simply not worth it.  
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." deepwat3r 11/25/12 8:47 PM
Be glad you're making the decision now, not after you (like me) uploaded nearly 100gb.  Due to Google's pitiful response on this issue I let my $$ do the talking and took my business to Amazon S3.  
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." leegeebee 11/26/12 12:27 AM
You sir are a total genius. You saved me a weekend of pure frustration and wanting to beat the crap out of my PC in despair. Really can't thank you enough for sharing that fix.
Like others on here I find it completely unacceptable and unbelievable that a company like Google provides paid services with no support desk of any kind. Would switch to Dropbox if I hadn't just bought a Chromebook. D'oh!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/26/12 1:41 AM
RF-clipse, deepwat3r, why on earth do you want to move all your stuff into the cloud?

Other than for creating (GDrive, maybe SkyDrive), storing and sharing some files (GDrive, Dropbox et al).  Why would you do that?

There is the question of online backup, but there are dedicated services for that.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." leegeebee 11/26/12 1:56 AM
I can't speak for them, but for me it is essential that I have access to all of my documents online. All of my applications for work are now online, and all my documents are on G Drive (also backed up with Carbonite). I have recently bought a Chromebook which means that I can now work from anywhere and have access to everything I need. That's why on earth I want everything in 'the cloud'. I expect there are millions of others like me too. 
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/26/12 2:46 AM
Leegeebee, that makes sense!  And you retain a dedicated backup service.  BTW, have you tried restoring files from Carbonite?  I read some negative reports on some forums a while ago.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." bsu4phd 11/29/12 7:21 AM
Nyan, Thank you for your persistent response to this persistent problem.

The cases you describe below are understandable.

What your team may or may not realize it that the error we complain about occurs at random events NOT related to the three cases you describe below.

On Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:49:26 AM UTC-5, Nyan - Support wrote:
*note: Installing Drive to a new hard disk, reformats, or image restores will require a new empty folder to be created and set as the sync directory. This is not a program error but is part of its design.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Gilles2G 11/29/12 12:18 PM
Posted my original reply here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/drive/pRWtrdhUjuE/pVnPY2y5hOMJ

I understand from the start this is per design.
I don't disagree on that part : design is as good as it was designed.

Having a design issue in a software is still an issue.
Hopefully in next version Google will rethink their design.

Nyan, no need to reply if you just push on the replay button of your answering machine.
We already know your position and I respect that, you are probably just relaying official political answer from your boss.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." volkswagner1 12/2/12 4:05 AM
It is unfortunate that Google won't fix this. Worse yet blindly recommending solutions that simply don't work.

It is not possible to move google drive!

Mac Users thinking Migration Assistant will simply move Google Drive folder to a new machine will find the GoogleDrive.app won't sync to this folder. The above user posting to disconnect and reconnect while running through the setup wizard must now have two google drive folders.  Google Drive simply won't allow you to sync to a NON-empty folder and won't allow you move your folder location on your own computer or to a second computer!!!!

I say, oh well what do you expect for free.  I feel bad for those actually paying for the service with tens of gigabytes of data.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." RFclipse 12/2/12 5:04 AM
This issue, slow upload times, and non-existent support from Google are the reasons I've headed down the road to Dropbox. I'm willing to pay the premium for something that works. Clearly doing one thing really well is a lot better than doing a ton of things half-a$$. I expected more from Google and hope they realize that product offerings like this will eventually ruin their reputation.  

I've also read that I will now have a heck of a time actually removing my files from Drive. Does moving them out of my Drive folder on the desktop app delete them from the server? No. Apparently I must access the website and delete no more than 50 files at a time.

A few closing words about my thoughts on Google Drive and their support team (in no particular order): epic fail, disappointing, misled, unprofessional, amateur, waste of time.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 12/2/12 5:43 AM
Just curious: RFclipse, what is your aim in using Dropbox or Google Drive? Creating, sharing, backing up etc?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." RFclipse 12/2/12 5:56 PM


On Sunday, December 2, 2012 8:43:56 AM UTC-5, DAS1951 wrote:
Just curious: RFclipse, what is your aim in using Dropbox or Google Drive? Creating, sharing, backing up etc?
 

I'll respond to this by first discussing my previous use of these services and then getting into my present use (there's been a recent transition).

I've been an avid user of MS SkyDrive (previously Office Live Workspace), Google Drive (previously Docs) and Dropbox for several years.  My use of these services up until recently centered around one common theme:  collaboration.  I used SkyDrive for sharing docs with classmates, Drive for my sailing team and alumni group, and DropBox for sharing files and pictures with my wife.  For the purpose of basic collaboration, all of these services work just fine.  They each have their pros and cons, but ever since Drive and SkyDrive came out with desktop apps earlier this year, the basic functionality is the same.  I found SkyDrive to be most useful when integration with MS Office apps was the primary use.  Drive is great if you're looking for real-time collaboration or creation of Google Docs (I use Fusion table for analyzing and sharing race data).  DropBox seems to be the best for seamless sharing of photos (I especially like the automatic camera upload feature).

About a week ago, I decided it was time to move most of my photos and all of my documents to the cloud.  There's several reasons for this , but the main objectives are:

·         Collaboration:  Same as before, but now I plan to use my "cloud" drive for all documents and photos.  As a result, I won't need a copy in a separate folder when I want to share something.  I can simply share the file or folder of interest.

·         Off-Site Storage:  I have a couple external hard drives that I use to occasionally back up my files, but I've always been concerned about losing things (especially the photo's I've accumulated).  Saving data remotely solves concerns with theft or fire.

·         Access to data from any device:  With several devices at my disposal (Android phone, tablet, personal laptop, work laptop, etc.), I'd like a solution where I can access and modify the same files from any device without having to copy things over. I basically plan to make my cloud folder the default location where all data and files are saved.  As a result, I won't be so tied to any particular device.

Until I made this transition, the various issues I've recently come to learn about with Google Drive were basically transparent to me (and I assume the average user with <  1 GB of data).  Now that I'm paying for the service, I've become a customer of Google, and I have certain expectations for the level of service that this should bring.  In my opinion, Google is not meeting that obligation to me and really most others on these forums.  I've heard that emails to support often go unanswered as well.  I honestly feel that Google Drive is great for the average user who intends to use the tool the way that I was previously.  It's clear that they were not ready to move into the mass data storage space, which makes it disappointing that they would even offer the service.  Show stoppers for me with Google Drive are as follows:

·         Extremely slow upload times

·         Inability to move Drive folder to another device and have them auto-synchronize without the need to download all data from the web (huge waste of time and resources)

·         File transfers using the desktop program ties up nearly 100% of the resources on my i7 quad core w/ 8 GB of  RAM for no apparent reason.

·         When I delete or remove a file from my desktop folder, it's not automatically removed from Drive.

I've been a Google fan for as long as I can remember, but some of their latest offerings are really disappointing. 
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 12/3/12 3:33 AM
Dear RFclipse, thanks for taking the time to write a detailed reply.

The reasons are all very sensible and, I think, mean you have to use the services you have detailed.  SkyDrive does seem to be good for sharing, but mainly (only?) for sharing with people who have MS Office on their local machines.

"Saving data remotely solves concerns with theft or fire."  Absolutely correct.  Online offsite backup is the right thing to do it, and I have been doing it for almost 15 years. Large, multi-site companies can arrange their own  (backing Site 1's stuff up to Site 2) but for everybody else one can/should employ a third-party provider.  GDrive, SkyDrive et al are *not* suitable for this, something I have said in this forum many times, probably ad nauseam by now.

At the present state of technology it is important to separate file STORAGE from true backup.  A professional backup service is not only is reliable in the backup, it gives a fast, professional file restore service and tech support, plus data encryption etc.  Thus, be careful of the low-cost ones that are reachable very remotely only.  If you need to restore 50 or 100 GB of data in an an  emergency you need to be sent a disc with the data by courier...
It includes NASs and mail servers,

The optimum strategy is to have the software being able to back up to a local drive as well as to the cloud, something I do for myself, all automatically.  This allows rapid file restoration in case of certain problems such as computer HDD failure.

Of course this assumes that your main data is kept locally, but there is nothing to stop you, I suppose, to hold master stuff with a remote file storage/service storage like GDrive and send the locally sync'ed data to the backup.

I promote a specific backup service based in Europe but to discuss that we need to do it away from the Google Forums as I would not put in commercials here.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Chris Coomber 12/4/12 11:31 AM
Same problem here.  The SSD my 'Google Drive' folder is located on its getting dangerously full, I'll have no choice but to move it soon.

The thought of re-downloading all my files doesn't fill me with joy but if this doesn't change soon then I'll have no choice.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Nyan - Support 12/4/12 11:51 AM
Hi,

Please note this works for the default installation setup, which is on your C Drive. Relocating to another disk will require resyncing.

Details as to why are explained further in this thread as well as others.

If you are installing to a new disk, such as when you're moving to a new primary disk with more space, check DAS's and my post on how to back up your file database so you can reconnect to an old Drive folder. (further in this thread)

Please note if you encounter application errors, it is advisable NOT to reconnect to an old Drive folder, as the cause for needing to disconnect originates from something wrong with the database tables based on your previous folder setup.

Cheers
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Ted Gibbons 12/4/12 7:40 PM
I don't really have much novel information to contribute.  Mostly I just wanted to let Teresa and Google know that another paying customer is facing this problem and thinking about switching to DB, which has started offering more competitive prices.

I recently replaced the optical drive in my macbook with a SSD that now serves as my system disk.  Linking the /Users folders back to the HDD worked beautifully, except that it broke both DB and GDrive.  In both cases, reconnecting failed and I was forced to re-download.  Unlike DB however, GDrive has been miserably failing to successfully re-download my files for two days now.  Each time, it would scan about 30k files on the server, and manage to download about 1k of those, then it would inevitably tell me that it had to quit.  At this point I've repeatedly renamed, removed, disconnected, reconnected, uninstalled, and reinstalled GDrive and the associated data more times than I can remember, and I'm fed up.  Seeing that this issue has gone unresolved for over half a year and that Google's reps have stopped responding, I'm probably going to just migrate to DB after the next billing cycle.

For what's it's worth to those of you still struggling, I finally seem to be making progress by selectively downloading each subfolder individually, so you might give that a shot.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 12/5/12 12:49 AM
Never thought i'd say it, but Google has lots my custom on this one. I've cancelled my 100gb plan and now only have about 1.4gb of data sat in my Google Drive.. I've bought a 50gb Drop Box account for a one off payment of £5 (for 2 years) and that is now looking after the bulk of my data..

Well done Google.. you goofed with this one.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Ted Gibbons 12/5/12 8:28 PM
Update: Syncing individuals folders only worked for my smaller folders.  I've been trying to sync the 25GB folder I use for my research all day, and it just keeps failing.  My favorite is when it spools up both of my processor cores to 100% for 15min while it rescans everything, and then crashes shortly after it actually starts syncing.  I would try selecting smaller subdirectories, but of course GDrive doesn't support that.  For such a simple, relatively featureless tool, it seems to have an impressive number of serious bugs that don't seem to be getting resolved in any particular hurry.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hmir 12/5/12 10:13 PM
Ultimately, you get what you pay for. 

For Google you don't pay anything, and the service provided in regards to Google Drive reflects this.

Whp are the monkeys that designed this piece of software? Does it make any sense at all to work with data the way this application does?

Consider the following scenario. You have three PCs in your office. You have one of those PCs connected and synced with Google Drive. Instead of being able to just copy the data locally to the other two PCs via LAN or USB HDD, Google wants you to sync all the data on those other two PCs from the Cloud over the Internet/WAN.

Seriously, how stupid is this design? 

It just beggars belief.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." nonameo 12/6/12 12:12 AM
well, i paid for it. Granted im on the old yearly plan but its now been 9 months and NOTHING has been done. Change hardware->redownload GB of data. Move to win 8 -> redownload GB of data. Disconnected->redownload GB of data.

I stopped using it this summer after finding out about this when changing drives on all the computers connected with the same google drive.

I have tried the way of copying old drive system files to keep sync working, but that is just unreliable.

I would not use google drive for anything more than 5GB, so they have 3 months before my subscription is up to fix it. 5$ a year for 25GB is too much when it cant be used.


Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Ted Gibbons 12/6/12 6:28 AM
I'm currently paying $5/mo for 100GB.  When I signed up, the same amount of storage from DB would have cost me something like $20 $25/mo, iic.

GDrive was and is relatively featureless compared to DB, but like hmir said, I figured I was getting what I paid for.  It also regularly spools up my CPU to 100%, occasionally killing my battery for me if I forget to turn it off before attending a meeting or giving a talk.  I've just continued to tell myself that I was getting what I paid for.  Now GDrive has been unnecessarily insisting that I redownload 40GB of data that's already sitting on my laptop, a task that it is apparently incapable of accomplishing.  It's difficult to continue using the "you get what you pay for" logic when a purchased product stops working altogether.

I can now get a year of DB w/ 100GB of storage for $100, so for an extra $40/year, I can get a product that reliably works and is relatively feature rich.  Google has already lost my business on this one.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." RFclipse 12/6/12 6:34 AM
I'm in the process of moving everything over to DB right now. Still a lengthy upload (I have about 80GB), but at least my computer is not running at 100% to accomplish this task. Bummer I lost my original plan with Drive that I was grandfathered in under ($5/year for 20 GB). Because of my pictures on Picasa, I'll still be required to purchase a 25GB plan...
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Ted Gibbons 12/6/12 6:48 AM
RFcliipse, I had also uploaded a bunch of stuff to Picasa before the release of either GDrive or G+, but doesn't G+ now give you unlimited space for photos?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." RFclipse 12/6/12 6:52 AM
Ted, I believe you're correct, but I originally uploaded most of my content to picasa before Google+ was around. After clearing out Gdrive, I'm now still sitting at ~5gb of data on the server.  I assume this is because of my content in picasa.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Ken at Sunrise 12/6/12 10:44 AM
Yes PLEASE help,  I've purchased a new computer and need to move everything from one hard drive to another.  I was just told by your tech support that I cannot simply move the files over and then set up Google Drive.  I've been told that I have to re-sync EVERYTHING from the cloud.  I have 200gb of storage, 1000's of files, no phone support (though I've been told it should be there on the help screen) and I have to re-sync everything from scratch?

Isn't there a work around? I would prefer NOT to have to go through ALL this time consuming task and hope nothing gets corrupt in the process.  Another issue us that there is no way to confirm when you get 'sync complete' that it is complete.  Sometimes, sync DOES not work and it takes several tries.  There isn't anyway to compare, number of files, size, etc...

Two issues, the first one is most pressing.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." mlr008 12/7/12 4:10 AM
Thanks edm_63 . I think this will work :)  I'll try

On Friday, November 23, 2012 9:21:10 PM UTC+5:30, edm_63 wrote:
I had the same issue:
  • - had a working Google Drive folder on drive E: on a windows XP installation
  • - installed Windows 7 on a new SSD drive
  • - renamed E:\Google Drive to E:Google Drive Old
  • - reinstalled Google Drive pointing at drive E:\ - this created a new empty E:\Google Drive folder
  • - stopped synchronization and exited Google Drive
  • - moved back my old E:Google Drive Folder
  • - Google Drive complained not being the original Google Drive folder
  • - stopped Google Drive
  • - Copied the following files from the old Windows XP C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Drive
    •     snapshot.db
    •     snapshot.db-shm
    •     snapshot.db-wal
    •     sync_config.db
  • to the new Windows 7 C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Google\Drive, replacing the ones already there
  • - restarted Google Drive and it synced without complaining and without re-downloading everything

This procedure works if you disconnect and/or reinstall Google Drive and still have the db files from the last synchronization in the old Application Data\Google\Drive  folder.
It's probably enough to copy back only snapshot.db and sync_config.db...

Hope it helps... at least it worked for me!

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Gilles2G 12/7/12 11:05 AM
I've been patient. This software now uninstalled permanently. Too much trouble. And on top of it, won't connect at work, need to wait home to get a connection. This part is not Google's fault, just adding to the frustration. I remain a fan of Google Docs, but definitely the Drive don't live to Google's reputation. Best luck for the future, I may check again in 10 years. Plenty of competition around.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Alan kyker 12/15/12 4:16 PM
For anyone that is using a Mac and has ran into this problem I have found how to solve it and make everything right in the world. First disconnect from Drive, then sign back in. Let the Wizard go through and choose advanced setup. From there click change and it should open automatically to the Drive folder it is telling you is not empty. Now click the top drop down menu and select the name of your system, this will show you all of the top level folders on your machine. Click on the Drive folder and drag it to the trash. Click continue and start sync. The Drive syncs to your Mac with the original Google Drive folder and all is right in the world. Sorry for those that have large drives but this is the only way for it to work. 
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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." jqb 12/21/12 1:08 AM
Hi Teresa. You received 147 downvotes ... do you understand why? Does your manager understand why, and how badly your ineptness reflects on Google?

Speaking of ineptness: When I relocated my Google Drive to another disk and had to do a resync, the message (tooltip) on the Google Drive icon said "scanning the web" .... the web??? Does anyone at Google realize how amateurish such a message makes the project look? A competent message would be something more like "examining your files on our servers".

Then, while it is resyncing, there are no sync or checkmark icons. Well, not none, there are a few sporadic random ones.

Here's how it works with Dropbox: there's a "move your folder" button in preferences ... works like a charm. The checkbox and sync icons are always there, and always right. In fact, everything in Dropbox just works. Maybe Google should try to figure out what is different between the two companies.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." jqb 12/21/12 1:38 AM
Teresa: it took you 6 months to return to this thread, just to tell people what they already know and has been reported here repeatedly? As a "community manager", you should possess the minimum competence to understand the sort of impression such inept communication creates.

"For this reason, we recommend users install on their local C drive or equivalent."

This is the wrong thing to say. The right thing is to say what Google is doing to rectify their crappy software to allow moving a Google Drive from disk to disk, restoring from backups, and so on.



Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." jqb 12/21/12 1:56 AM
The "details as to why" are that Google is incompetent at multiple levels, not least their support provided in this thread. The question that should be answered at this point is: Is Google committed to fixing their broken software, and when? Dropbox does not have this problem because this problem is due to misdesign, and they did it right, whereas Google and the rest just tried to leap on the bandwagon without doing the hard design work.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MacGU 12/24/12 6:49 AM
Hi
Where on MAC is this
On OSX, it's in ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Drive
stored?
I can't find it.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Reinhard Seidl 12/25/12 11:54 AM
Teresa,
 
what if I didn't move anything, but simply signed out of google drive, and upon signing back in, get the message "Welcome to google drive - google will now create a folder for you - oops, that's not empty, pick a different one!" ?
 
I just wanted to sign out, because google automatically lets anyone with access to the machine get to all my google stuff (email etc) as long as the drive is connected (using the "open drive on web" command). So if i want to leave the machine "open" for a minute with limited access to others, i have to sign out of google drive.
 
That doesn't mean i want to start entirely from scratch as if i had just downloaded google drive for the first time when I log back in. (Windows 7, HPZ400 desktop, ~1 yr old)
 
thanks,
 
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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hmir 12/27/12 4:51 AM
Just move to DropBox already.

It is so much better than Google Drive in terms of the way it handles uploads and syncs. makes it look like Google Drive was designed by bunch of monkeys.

Mir.

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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 12/27/12 4:56 AM
Mir, does DropBox have a standalone office suite in the cloud?  Maybe the Reinhard Seidl wants that, too?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hmir 12/27/12 5:05 AM
DAS1951, I don't know if it does. Never looked into that as | don't need it.

What I did need was to store my data somewhere reliable, secure, and with a provider that knew what it was doing when syncing large amounts of data to the Cloud.

Move your Google Drive folder to different physical or logical drive, re-upload/download all data.
Reformat your PC, re-install Windows/etc, re-upload/download all data.
Link an additional computer to Google Drive, re-upload/download all data from cloud instead of moving it to the new PC locally saving tons of bandwidth.
No differential uploads.

Google drive is awful when it comes to syncing data to the cloud, as can be established from all the User complaints in this and many other threads.

All the best,
Mir.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." nonameo 12/27/12 5:34 AM
Exactly, that's why google drive is awful.
Im on the old priceplan, 5$ for 25gb a year. It lapses in 2 months i think, but i use less than 4GB since it cant be TRUSTED. Who would want to download 25GB again just to get sync working again. With now 5 computers connected thats alot of GB just to get it to work again.

With win 8 and skydrive integrated that lets you just select existing local folder, theres really no point in google drive for more than 5GB.

Also have jotta for file backup, but theres no sync across computers yet for that one.

Will probably bite the bullet and pay 5$ for another year but so far paying for google drive has been a waste.

So to sum up:

PLEASE LET ME SELECT AN EXISTING LOCAL FOLDER LIKE SKYDRIVE WHEN SYNC QUITS-NEW HW ETC.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." sarsfield 12/27/12 7:59 AM
Listen guys there's now a problem with playing videos on Skydrive...

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/skydrive-files/sorry-for-some-reason-we-cant-play-this-video/65d39178-ceec-4c8d-83ac-a4e43a32a4ba?lc=2057&auth=1
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 12/27/12 9:35 AM
Mir and like-minded, if you have no interest in the online office app then GDrive may not be the place for you.  For safe online backup you should subscribe to a dedicated backup service.  And I don't think either DropBox or SkyDrive qualify.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." lsimmo 12/28/12 6:27 AM

I have removed Google Drive from my PC and installed Syncdocs.

It integrates with Google Drive and does a fantastic job of syncing any files from PC or Lan to Google Drive

Google would have done better to buy this company then try to reinvent the wheel

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Mouhamadou Diaw 12/28/12 6:37 AM
Hi Lsimmo, sounds great (and it has more security)!! I am trying it right now!!
A question do I need to keep my Google subscription?
Thanks for sharing
Momo
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." lsimmo 12/28/12 6:40 AM
Yes you need to keep Google subscription
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 12/28/12 8:38 AM
It seems to be an improvement over the GDrive sync'ing mechanism.  Of course you can work offline.  It's your own files on the desktop (like SkyDrive).  But how does one integrate GDocs master documents?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." pompio 12/29/12 2:13 PM
What is the point of moving the content to the same disk Teresa.  The reason why most of us want to move location is for more storage or avoid certain partition.  Please stop repeating yourself and find us a real solution. 
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Briyin 12/29/12 4:34 PM
On my iMac running Mountain Lion, I lost the sync to my Drive folder.  I didn't know what to do, so I reinstalled Google Drive.  When it tried to sync, I got the "folder you selected is not empty" error.  I see Google Drive in my Finder window, but all the files that used to be synced are greyed out and I cannot delete them.  I see no other folder to connect to...endless loop.

I got it to work by "keeping both files" when I tried to reinstall.  This way, I was able to get to the files that were in the new Google Drive, delete them, and resync.  I had to them delete the first Google Drive in my Applications folder, then rename the "Google Drive 2" to just "Google Drive".  Seems to be okay again. 

Extremely annoying.



Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." KevinInSeattle 1/1/13 4:39 PM
Hello,

I am a Google fan, their search is the best on the internet by far. Their added features, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Play, YouTube make Google a very comprehensive product system... However, Google has failed to invest the resources necessary to each of these main components. It consistently finds itself exploring the NEXT NEW THING... Investing in future technology is great, but it can't be at the sacrifice of turning out a quality product. Although this post will never be read by any Google executive, if it was read and executed upon, Google could be the company of choice in the future. Unfortunately people will begin to look at the decaying Google brand, and trust after trust broken with its users by failed commitments on quality of the services it puts out, Google will go the way of Microsoft... Thus the business life cycle continues. Simple solution really, and Steve Jobs had this figured out, never put out a poor quality product. Invest the time and resources in the projects that can be wildly successful. Less is more. Quality over quantity. Google Drive could destroy Dropbox with it's array of online Microsoft killing web apps... When Google decided to change the name of its product from Google Docs ----> to Google Drive they signaled a promise to their users that they would be a feasible Cloud Storage option, something equal to or better than Dropbox. So the arguments on this forum that if you want Cloud Storage you should pay for a premium security online backup solution are nonsense as Google has claimed it is a Google DRIVE. The failure to produce a quality Cloud Storage solution is a failure in leadership in the Google company, due mostly to poor management not being held accountable for lousy products produced and brought online before they are ready. Google executives have put on the kid gloves with their management team, they don't hold them accountable for business results. They allow them to squeak by and be "B" players - which will allow Google to settle as a "B" company. Their monopolistic internet advantage only holds in the short run, in the long run competition is coming as other businesses will nibble away at this giant, and as Google allows itself to become brand washed out of existence. You can read the reports on this forum by the users who took the time to post on here that they are leaving for Dropbox as a Cloud Drive Solution. For ever 1 user who posts on here Google has lost the faith of 1 million users who don't waste their time on these forums. Finally, look at all the deleted posts on this discussion, whoever is moderating this forum to protect what is left of Google's image is doing a poor job. Your software should not allow us to see the deleted postings, it just makes you look desperate and pathetic as a company to be trying to cover up complaints by your users about your product. If you allow an Open Forum, then allow an Open Forum. If you do not, at least don't let it be so obvious that you play big brother to protect your reputation. The only way to truly protect your reputation is to turn out consistently good products. I love Google, but my faith in this company is quickly faltering. Only time will tell.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." sarsfield 1/1/13 4:49 PM
Top-class post:)
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." cacip 1/4/13 2:14 AM
Hi,

After doing this, I get a message saying, "This is not your original Google Drive folder. This folder has the same name but is not the original folder. Please find and select the original." What now? Thanks in advance for your help!

Cara
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 1/4/13 4:13 AM
Cara, the point of this whole thread is that there is no fix for this. You have to redownload it all.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/4/13 4:19 AM
Kevin, re "look at all the deleted posts", I suspect some of them arise because posters have decided to amend their posts after sending and there appears to be no facility for editing one's own sent post...I have done it several times now (delete and repost).
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Downunder 1/4/13 4:29 AM
Dear Terasa 

Any comment on "not enough storage error" ?

Brs,

Emre
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Briyin 1/4/13 2:24 PM
The only way around it that I found was to reinstall and NOT replace the existing folder.  It created a second one...it then allowed me to delete all the docs in the first...then I deleted that first folder...renamed the second without the "2" in the title...then it resynced. 
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Anthony Acker 1/4/13 3:25 PM
you have the same problem if you ever have to log off as well, it said their was a connection problem and said to fix it log off - opppsssss - now I log on and it will not recognize the older folder and wants a new empty one as well - FAIL.  I wish Google would spend more time improving and fixing the applications they have instead of creating new toys all the time - be more like Apple, less like Microsoft.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Bossmj 1/4/13 5:00 PM
:) Ohhhh isn't that sweet?  Manager ought to take a page from other manager's perhaps? 
 
Lady, you are interacting most often than not with users that do not fall in the 47% bracket as some 'enlightened' entity once shared with the Country.

Ergo, how incredibly patronising, self-centred ['GOOGLE' the spelling], sanctimonious, narcissistic and narrow minded to respond thus. 
 
Re-State instructions like we are wasting your time or do not get it?  REALLY???  {Insight into why you had so many negative responses to your meaningless contribution in trying to fix a problem} Do you need re-training?
 
Then again, chances are, middle management and didn't read or doesn't have an understanding of the correct process - that is assuming the company has a process for these sort of things.

In the interest of full disclosure, i am irritated by the passive aggressive reaction to real issue people are having.   SHEEEEEEEEEEEESH!
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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/13/13 3:35 PM
However frustrated you might be, jankocbek, personal abuse and name-calling has no place in this forum.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Briyin 1/13/13 3:41 PM
Give me a break.  Inappropriate.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." ArthurGoldberg 1/14/13 6:44 AM
Alan
Good plan. Folks, Alan's work-around copies everything from Ggles cloud back to your computer. If you changed anything on your computer while GDrive was off, you'll need to copy the changes back into the GDrive folder.

br
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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Ken at Sunrise 1/14/13 7:27 AM
not as embarrassing as Google Tasks.

I love this post.

It says, in Jan 2011, the Top things they are going to add.

To date, zero, 2 years and counting, 

is that a trend?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." samflash 1/15/13 1:49 AM
Have being using Syncdocs for FREE the past 12 months. Was finally charged $19.99 to continue using it and thought I might as well move over and use Google Drive software as I am already paying for it. That is how I came over this thread. Thought I might be able to use the local Syncdoc copy of my files rather than Google having to download another copy of the 30gb that is already on my computer. Sadly, this was not the case. It immediately began to create a version (1) copy of all folders. 

My investigation began. After many threads in forums I realised from the horses mouth, Google, that this is not possible. Next, I moved onto another IT solution that I have being using with Mac for the past 12 months, Insync. They now have a PC version also. Set it up. No. It produced the same results. Creating a version (1) copy of all folders. So, I was resigned to reinstall Syncdocs. Will pay the $20 dollars. It is a great service, just wanted to understand and know what are the options and possibilities of these software. We have to realise how young we are in these technologies. I have no issue with Google for not having this feature yet. They do mammoth work with their tools. They will find the solution to this because at the end of the day it affects their business and keeps them ahead of the game.

My only feedback after reading this thread is the lack of proactive communication they provide. I feel this is potentially the biggest downfall for any organisation. Make sure to keep in touch with your community. Register the amount of sound an issue is making and publicity it is gaining. Stay involved. Keep the community up to date where the company is on the issue. Respond. Respond. With a genuine voice, rather than a copy and pasted response. Well done for the community also for keeping this issue alive and making their choices and voices heard.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." ultrageek 1/17/13 12:40 PM
Adding my name to this list here, a couple of months later, having the same problem and I am not going to sync my gigs from the cloud again.

As most of you guys, I will go back to ol' Dropbox then.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." evilgenx 1/18/13 9:40 PM
This app is garbage.  I've read the entire threat (including the useless reply's by Google staff) and I've never seen such idiocy.  And to be charging money for this?  I'm dumping this crap and going back to dropbox.  I'm absolutely stunned by this.  I simply copied my folder to another drive thinking I could easly just reconfig good drive.  Reading this thread I tried several of the solutions offered (by users of course, googles posting where just cut and paste - she didn't even bother to read the fucking thread).  So I broke down and simply copied my folder *back* to my original drive and it still insists I need a "empty folder" to sync up.

This product is a embarrassment and as a google everything lover - I'm ashamed of this product.  Ashamed of google's support of said product.  I even suggest to others to use it - parents, friends, etc.  Now I will switch them all over and get them off this garbage. 

I urge anyone actually using this crap to uninstall and use a competing product.  
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Povarian 1/21/13 2:14 PM
Slightly different scenario for me: I have more than one Google account, removed account association, changed GDrive folder to sync second account to a new empty folder, which worked, then tried to switch back to original folder/account - hence I've just read this whole thread.

Got to agree with how much this sucks, and how much my opinion of Google has plummeted with the "support responses".

DropBox here I come...


Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Corn Flakes 1/21/13 6:58 PM
Hi Teresa I've seen no answer from Google on the question "why my Google Drive stops working?". I copy the post below, because I have this problem 2 days ago too.
Google Drive Just Stopped Working - Never Had ANY Problems with Dropbox 
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I've seen this question posted many times recently, but can't find an answer that actually solves the problem.  My local google drive is unable to connect for no apparent reason.  Was working fine up until about 1 week ago.  No new software installations or updates.  Just ... won't ... connect.  Used Dropbox for two years without a single problem EVER.  Google Drive is looking like a cheap imitator.  I like the integration and collaboration benefits, but if the thing won't work, why waste time for days trying to solve what should be a seamless experience.  
Me too - Ofer Comay and LucasSTP
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I have the same problem. It happens in all my google machines: the one at work, the machine at home and my android. 

I installed the last updated google-drive - but it doesn't help.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Rav Casley Gera 1/23/13 4:51 AM
That just creates a new 'Google Drive' folder in the folder you chose and re-downloads everything, doesn't it?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Rav Casley Gera 1/23/13 4:55 AM
I think people realise that's possible, but the point is they don't want to re-download everything.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." avioli 1/23/13 3:43 PM
As everyone else here said - this solution doesn't work as expected. Google Drive says that it will have to re-download all from the cloud.

Check how Dropbox works - by merging your content, so given there is no change the whole merging process is just approving all files are same as the ones in the cloud. Simple as that.

Maybe Google's problem is the online documents - spreadsheets, presentations and the rest - they are not an actual file, but a link which cannot be hashed, but I guess you can do a better check for those.

Cheers,
Evo
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MarthaJane 1/24/13 3:47 PM
Found the link to Syncdocs.com on this thread and have now downloaded it.  It looks very interesting and appears to not only replace googlesync but has missing features I want. It does say that it will sync all file types without conversion, which is a relatively new feature for it. The reviews appear very positive.  

Then found this at http://allthingsd.com/20120424/sundar-pichai-google-drive-is-about-context-where-competitors-are-about-files/:

No matter what you say or launch, the takeaway is going to be, “Google launches Dropbox competitor.” What do you make of the competitive landscape?

Pichai: I think if we wanted to do it, we would have approached it very differently. We’ve gone to great lengths to built it around an online application experience. We want this to be about creating and collaborating — and your data is there for you. I think others have taken a file/data approach, and saying you have [access to] that everywhere. It’s nuanced, but I think it’s very different.

Pichai is "Google SVP of Chrome and Apps".  So gDrive is not (and apparently never will be) designed for storage--it is designed for "creating and collaborating".  That explains why our major storage/syncing issues are (and will continue to be) ignored!  

So if syncdocs works, OK -- otherwise I am finding another vendor for cloud storage.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/24/13 4:13 PM
"is designed for "creating and collaborating" Correct!  If only more people realised ths.

With, among others, two-way synchronisation, it is even less suitable for true backup.

"...it (Syncdocs) will sync all file types without conversion".... So will GDrive, though there may be restrictions on some file types.  For my part I upload an old Lotus Organizer file (OR4, not recognised by GDocs, hence unviewable)  regularly without any problems. 
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." maigais 1/24/13 6:29 PM
I am going back to dropbox, Had enough.


Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Ramon Hernandez 1/27/13 6:39 AM
Same issue here
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." cwild1 1/28/13 7:56 PM
this fixed the issue for me! Thank you so much!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Mary England.mn 1/30/13 12:44 PM
What do you do when there is no Drive Icon? I attempted to uninstall Google Drive PC using Windows XP (SP 3) and cannot reinstall it.

Thanks
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/30/13 2:36 PM
It is not clear to me whether you did or did not uninstall GDrive.  Did you try a restart to see if the icon returns?

Did you then try Add/Remove Progarmmes and GDrive was not there?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Briyin 1/30/13 2:39 PM
How the heck do I unsubscribe to this thread??
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Ahmad Habash 2/7/13 8:02 AM
not work  google drive not smart enough to solve this problem, it must take the folder we give it
"not empty folder !!!!!??????"
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Richard Orange 2/7/13 11:33 AM
Hi, 

I tried to move my Google Drive more fully offline, I ran into an error, follwed Google's advice and 'disconnected account'. I now can't reconnect my account in any way at all. 

I've tried all the suggestions on this page -- when I quit Drive and choose a new drive folder on restarting it says "An unknown issue has occured and Google Drive needs to quit". 

I am so frustrated as I've lost some very precious docuyments. 


Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Chris Coomber 2/7/13 11:42 AM
I've been following this thread for some time waiting for a solution to this that doesn't involve re-downloading everything.

I've got limited space left on my current hard drive, when it runs out I'll be forced to do something.

The current options appear to be...

1. Give up Google drive for another product, although this would mean re-uploading everything

2. Leave my Google Drive folder where it is and move the operating system and everything else on the drive somewhere else.  It's crazy but re-installing Windows and all my applications seems a lot easier than re-downloading all my files which introduces the risk of corruption.

3. Use the sync docs product mentioned by other posters.  I'm not keen on giving 3rd party apps access to my Google account / files so I've been avoiding this. Anything sensitive on my machine is secured but it still doesn't feel quite right.

I wonder if cloning the disk would maintain the inode references that Google drive uses, this may trick it into thinking the files are the same and already uploaded...?  Or updating the in ode references...

For now I'll continue watching this thread and waiting for Google to hopefully take action or a genius individual to come up with a work around.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 2/7/13 2:43 PM
Hi.

I posted my question on 24 Nov (i.e. 2.5 months ago) and got no answer yet. Google Drive still looks like a very immature piece of software and there is not much I can do to fix the issue.

Couple of days ago I finished moving all my 120 GB of pictures to a Dropbox account; I also cancelled my GD subscription. I prefer to pay slightly more for something that actually works.

While Google eats their competitors for breakfast when it comes to search engines, their cloud storage solution has a loooong way to go before they get anywhere close to competition.

What a pity.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." lalalars 2/8/13 2:45 AM
Same thing here... I synced 170 GB of files – and I'm currently in South Africa where every 1 GB cost about 2 US dollar to upload (with a very slow speed)!

All of a sudden I was logged out from my account and then Google Drive ask me to choose an "empty folder" to start all over again.

Now, after reading all this threads about people having this same problem and Google just repeating the same mantra "This is not a program error but is part of its design" I have to say: "bye bye Google – welcome back Dropbox!"

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." KevinInSeattle 2/8/13 4:49 PM
Same here unfortunately. I want to love Google products, but the lack of support for them has left a bitter taste in my mouth. I will no longer use Google for document storage or collaboration. I will continue to use gmail, google calender, and google search. But with the lack of support for Outlook 2013 I may drop gmail and calendar next. I moved all my docs to dropbox, paid for a year subscription. The move of the files took 1 night and now all of my docs sync on all my devices without any problems. I don't trust the Google brand anymore, and I'm sad about that.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." wei xu 2/10/13 9:16 PM
aphillippe level2:
6) choose a different folder

Sure, anyone can do that. The issue here is a user wanted to choose the SAME folder, not a different folder.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Andi Northrop 2/13/13 8:22 AM
Ugh, may have just wasted a week of my life moving our company over to Google Drive for our storage.

The initial upload is still in progress but I'm already having multiple folders appear. Can't believe there isn't a merge option and must say I'm very disappointed - after all, we're paying for this 'service.'

Looks like it's now going to become part of my job keeping our files in check, at least until Google fix this, or we get fed up and move to Dropbox with everyone else.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Marty Lipsey 2/13/13 9:06 AM
For anyone who is reading this currently, the problem is still the same.  You have to download everything from the start.  I had to delete everything in my existing google drive folder as the sync would not proceed unless the drive folder was empty.  
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Scott Meharg 2/14/13 4:04 PM
I recently had the same problem.  I have my files on a Linux server that my Win XP is mapped to.  I recently upgraded the Linux server which is what I think caused my problem.  What has happened, as someone mentioned before, is the inode numbers are no longer the same.  This would happen if you copy the google drive contents to any other location.  Moving the contents on the same hd partition is OK because the inodes do not change.  The other remedies mentioned that was causing the duplicates is related to the inodes and the snapshot.db database.  To fix the error "This is not your original Google Drive folder." the snapshot.db has to be updated with the current inode numbers.  I wrote a program to fix this for me.  I plan on getting the program ready for others to use.

Google needs to fix this problem because a common practice would be for users to copy their contents to a new location for more storage.

Make me wonder if a hd defrag would also cause this error.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Chris Coomber 2/15/13 1:04 AM
It's good to hear that this can be resolved with just local updates to snapshot.db.  When I took a brief look at this months ago I had a suspicion that it wouldn't be that simple.  
I'd certainly be interested in taking a look at program if you are able to open source the code for it.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Henk de Hooge 2/15/13 7:10 AM
This is still a problem. I did an upgrade from my hard drive (new drive) and have the same problem. Teresa it's just not working? Any other suggestions ??

thanks Henk

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Jonathan N4 2/15/13 5:16 PM
Similar problem, except that I didn't even touch my Drive folder. I went to use Drive today and was told my Drive app was outdated (this is on a Mac). I downloaded the lastest version and it refuses to let me use my existing Drive folder.
Based on reading much of the 9 pages of replies on this discussion, it looks like my only option is to delete the folder and download everything again. Great. Nice one Google.
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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." pinetreehater 2/18/13 6:26 AM
Yup...similar or same problem. Decided to sign out of google drive. When I signed back in, it wants to re-sync everything (6gigs). It won't let me select the orginal folder (this folder is not empty message). This is baloney....it is bad enough with the failed to sync stuff causing data loss. This product is not ready for really important files that must be constantly synchronized. I am pisssssed!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Alex Southwell 2/18/13 3:57 PM
SOLUTION:

Sadly there isn't one, for a lot of cases what Teresa said won't work. Google Drive records inodes for all items that are located in google drive. For a better description please see the link

http://help.bombich.com/discussions/questions/11752-incomplete-clone

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Charles Mercier 2/20/13 6:25 AM
Thanks for the link, that's most certainly the explanation we were waiting for.

Now what we need is a real solution to this obvious flaw of google drive! I was thinking of getting a paid subscription, but this issue alone is enough for me to look for a different option. I'm not going to download over 100GB of data for each computer I want synced while I can easily copy it over LAN.

Please fix this Google!

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Alex Southwell 2/20/13 3:18 PM
Charles, I believe it would be posible to update the DB with the new inodes. You could setup a test account and add a small amount of data, try and relocate the folder then when you get the error update the DB with the new inode value.

Let me know if you can get it working, It is probably something that in scriptable.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." avioli 2/20/13 4:06 PM
My investigation of snapshot.db yielded that there are six tables in it so local_entry, local_relations and mapping all have (multiple) inode columns which will make scripting quite complicated and probably not as efficient. There is a checksum column (33 bytes) in both cloud_entry and local_entry, so given we find out how to calc it, we might be able to confirm if file is the right one. Probably modification date might help to determine changes in files.

Fun, fun, fun.

Why not Google provide a tool for such a check and update?

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Urmas K 2/23/13 11:05 PM
I agree. I did some research and it appears that if you want to use cloud services for a backup and sharing and easy access purposes then Google Drive is not for you.

Google Drive usually works with small amounts of files that are easy to RE-SYNC IN A NEW FOLDER!

Many recommend DropBox as it shouldn't never have problems like GDrive. So.. their pricing starts at 100G/10$ (Google Drive is 2.5$@25GB) but it works so..

Many of you should reconsider which cloud service is most convenient for them.

Google Drive has stolen countless of hours from my free time with it's errors, Drop Box took 5 minutes to set up and never bothered me again :)

It's the one Google service that I am disappointed at.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 2/24/13 2:25 AM
For truly safe backup you have to use a decent, dedicated backup service.  I do not think Dropbox is quite the right solution for that either, even it works better than GDrive.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Urmas K 2/24/13 4:29 AM
Yeah well- I have external drive as well. Cloud service would be a nice way to have alternative backup for everyday files + access from the cloud.

I keep myself backed up one way or another ;)

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 2/24/13 5:02 AM
I also meant a decent cloud backup service.  An example of a well-known brand is MozyPro, though it has limitations.  An external HDD is much better than no external HDD but you need something offsite, too.  Good backup software will allow a backup to local HDD or NAS as well as sending the main backup to the cloud.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Leon Rozenblit 2/25/13 11:54 AM
+1
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Will Cranmer 2/26/13 10:34 AM
<sigh>  Just wanted to add my deep sense of disappointment regarding this issue...  The inability to re-connect files/folders and being forced to re-download entire stores is a deal breaker.  Shame really, I like the mail & calendar side of things but this is just too much to bear...  I'm looking at a rollout for just over 150 users who average 3.7GB storage.. The practise of having to regularly re-download complete stores of data just kills it for me.

It is surprising,(polite understatement)that this has not been addressed.

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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Colman Walsh 2/26/13 1:10 PM
Quite astonishing that this problem has been unresolved for so long, and with such an inept response from Google.

What is really disappointing is that Google is still accepting money from unwitting customers (like myself) who sign up unaware that Google Drive is not fit for purpose.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." HermanC 3/2/13 12:39 AM
Still having the same problem, almost a year later. Please tell me you have fixed this, Google?
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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Andrew Carey 3/3/13 12:13 AM
Ive moved everything back to dropbox, dont need the hassle
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Dirk Pons 3/4/13 7:57 PM
Teresa,

No, that solution does not work.

The deeper problem is that in a corporate environment every time the system downloads a new user profile, the Google Drive installation becomes disconnected.

Once this happens, there seems to be no way to reconnect the Google Drive software with the existing local drive. This happens even though the local copy of the Google Drive appears, to the user, to be in exactly the same location as before.

The  deeper problem seems to be, at least in the environment that I am operating, there is no way to initially install Google Drive  to anywhere but the directories within the User's profile. So as soon as the profile changes, the whole system unravels.  

So I have this disconnect problem every few months.

I wish the Google software developers could learn from the DROPBOX people. I use that product too, and I have to say that though I prefer Google Drive, the DROPBOX experience is much more robust: it never disconnects like this. Their software design is obviously much less sensitive to problems with profiles.

Thank you

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." nonameo 3/4/13 10:07 PM
Have now paid for drive for 1 year, and just last week had to resync one pc because it lost connection. Since i only use 3-4% of my paid storage it was easy enough. Have for 10 months ago when i "discovered" this problem moved everything off drive.
So now its skydrive, jotta (hopefully pc sync is available soon) goodsync connect.

So question, pay for another year with grandfathered plan and wait and see?  For now its of no use, who wants to re download 20GB of data on every pc that get disconnected.




Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Urmas K 3/4/13 11:03 PM
in Windows 7, if you run Google Drive as an administrator, you are able to create it's folder even on the main drive. For example I have it "C:\Google Drive".

You only need to run it as an administrator for once.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." ömer ersan 3/4/13 11:08 PM
What about win 8
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Dirk Pons 3/4/13 11:14 PM
Thanks, and that is indeed what I do at home, and it works just fine. Never misses a beat.
But at work it is a different thing, because syncing to a C drive is not a good option if the computer is shared. You have to put it on a network drive behind your user login. And that's where Google Drive falls over regularly. It's just not strong enough to cope with the windows profile and whatever the IT dept do in the background to manage the profiles, homedrives and the SAN.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." msfeinstein 3/10/13 6:57 AM
On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:06:03 PM UTC-4, Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Thanks for posting. If you moved the Google Drive folder to a new place on your computer:Click the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.Select "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."Click Locate folder...Select your folder in its new location and click Open.Google Drive will reconnect.
> Let me know if you run into any more issues.

Not sure how this got marked as the "best" answer, because it is incorrect.  When you follow the instructions, you get the error message: "This is not your original Google Drive folder. Please find and select the original."

From what I have read, *perhaps* this works if you leave the directory on the exact same partition (of the same hard drive), but I'm guessing that most folks want to move their local caches due to a lack of space, which means leaving it on the same partition will not help.

Google/anyone - are there any alternatives to re-downloading hundred of GB of files now?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Rorie Wust 3/14/13 2:40 AM
yes more issues. that doesn't work. those steps when followed precisely fail. is there a fix?/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Dirk41 3/14/13 2:07 PM
Thanks. This worked.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hadi.farnoud 3/15/13 4:14 PM
that's like deleting the folder and sync again. same issue, downloads everything again
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." SkeeveStevens 3/16/13 4:42 PM
Teresa.  We're a Google Apps subscriber... I have just migrated to a new mac I bought and restored my original machine.  All my Google Docs are just fine, but google is now forcing me to download 37GB of data.... that is a bit ridiculous.  I am very surprised at Google for not being able to fix this.  My files are there, but now I HAVE to download them again.

I like Drive, and PAY for extra drive space, but if I find another provider who does group file systems better, I would probably go to them if Google doesn't fix this.

...Skeeve

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." ETR1 3/20/13 8:41 PM
Obviously, still no fix.  I just ran into this after migrating to a new drive.

This is an epic fail on your part Google.

Really.

Fail

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Precurse 3/22/13 7:39 PM
This just happened to me too.. F sakes.  I have my Google Drive stored on my NAS over Samba/CIFS, which runs 24/7 and has a 300 day uptime currently.

There's no way Google Drive will reattach to this folder, and is forcing me to redo everything. Perhaps I'll just have to buy some offsite VPS storage and setup rsync + encryption.  I would have thought Google's implementation would be better, but apparently rsync is still more tried, tested, and true for incremental backups.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Butch KC 3/23/13 8:37 PM
I have the same problem. Your solution does not work. What is the answer?
Thanks
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tom Seaman 3/25/13 12:13 AM
This does not work! tHERE IS SIMPLY NO "eRROR - LOCAL DRIVE FOLDER IS MISSING" TO CLIKC ON. yOU GET A SET UP WIZARD THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO PICK ANOTHER FOLDER. i HAVEN'T EVEN MOVED MINE IT JUST STOPPED SYNCING. Ok diodn't see the caps on, but I'm still very very frustrated about this.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Andyss 3/25/13 6:35 AM
Am I missing something?  It looks like people were having this problem 10 months ago.  Is there a solution now?  Theresa, your "solution" is not answering the question.  It's March 2013 and I can't find an answer to this same issue.  I am a paying subscriber.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MoshePotomac 3/25/13 6:43 AM
I think the problem may be related to my having Google Drive associated with two different GMail accounts that I access on the same machine. But this can't be a totally unusual problem.

I'm reluctant to delete the current "Google Drive" folder to have it restored from what is online at Google. Google Drive may take that to mean that it should delete from it's end as well.

Today is March 24, 2013. This problem has clearly been in place for a year. Does anyone know how to get attention from someone at Google to let us know how to use their product?

The issues that need to be addressed are:
1. How to have Google Drive for multiple accounts on the same PC.
2. User issues with moving their Google Drive from one location to another and then losing access to it.

We shouldn't have to go into the registry to handle matters like this.

Moshe Haven, CISSP
Potomac, MD

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." R Santor 3/25/13 11:40 AM
Unbelievable that after 10 months Google is leaving this incorrect answer as the best one.

I did *not* move my Google Drive folder. I did nothing relating to Google Drive at all this morning when I turned on my work PC running Windows 7, but as Google Drive was starting up it reported that the folder was missing.

I click "Locate folder..." and select the one true Google Drive folder in the same place it's always been and I see the error "This is not your original Google Drive folder. Please find and select the original."

This PC is my secondary location where I only sync select folders. My primary location is my home PC where I have over 100GB stored in Google Drive.

I cannot disconnect the account then reconnect because there is too much data to be transferred. What is wrong with your software Google? Where is your technical support staff?

Fix this problem already!

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." M. Vito Damiano 3/29/13 11:16 AM
NONE of these work.

The error most commonly happens when you rename, move, or delete the Google Drive folder on your computer.

If you moved the Google Drive folder to a new place on your computer:

Click the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.
Select "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."
Click Locate folder...
Select your folder in its new location and click Open.
Google Drive will reconnect.
If you renamed your Google Drive folder:

Click the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.
Select "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."
Click Locate folder...
Select your renamed version and click Open.
Google Drive will reconnect.
If you deleted your Google Drive folder:

Click the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.
Select "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."
Click Disconnect account.
Sign in again. You will be asked to choose a new location for the Google Drive folder.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MichaelJB 3/30/13 10:34 AM
Gee, I don't know what the issue is. I followed the original instructions and it worked fine. In fact, I never disabled the Google Drive app.
1 - Moved folder to new location (for me it was the same drive, into the "Documents" folder.
2 - Google Drive app said my folder was missing, I selected the "ERROR ... " and chose new location.
3 - It took minimal time and everything was back to normal.
The entire procedure took less than 5 minutes. Granted, I didn't have a large amount to re-sync, but the procedure worked as stated.

Thanks for the concise instructions

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Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." nonameo 3/30/13 1:59 PM
so you resynced 25GB of data in 5 minutes?

say it happens on several of computers connected to the same drive, 25GB*3

Try to understand the problem please,.,,,, You should NOT have to download all files again when the sync messes up.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MichaelJB 3/30/13 2:15 PM
No. I did the entire procedure in under 5 minutes.
The only re-syncing needed was for the remote folder being compared to the local folder. Nothing had changed other than the folder location, the files were as they were.
And, as I stated in my earlier post, I didn't have a large amount of data to sync.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." volkswagner1 3/30/13 3:22 PM
Gee,

Maybe you didn't read the original post on page 1.

The OP and folks with issues are trying to move or restore their local copy to a different hard drive or partition.

The google drive folder is simply not portable.  If you move it off the original hard disk/partition it won't sync.

You simply can not move your google drive folder to a second machine, locally.  You need to download via the WAN!

Not a smart design!

I assume Google took this approach to bullet proof people loosing data by doing something stupid.

I'm guessing they are avoiding the dreaded oops by syncing in reverse like folks wrongly setting up iCloud and wiping their entire contact list on the phone.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." 247365 4/2/13 1:39 AM
Same here, but I have to sync 196GB!!!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Kulturgüterschuppen Dusslingen 4/4/13 5:23 AM
yes, really unbelievable. I'm facing this problem now the 3rd time on different computers. No solution yet, just a single post from Teresa Google that did not
work. I just don't get it why this folder handling is so complicated ?!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MacBook Pro OSX 10.7.5 4/11/13 12:37 AM
Check this out: did not move folder, did not change hdd, simply did a timemachine restore. All Apps are updated.
New start of the Macbook and it tells me: "Your Google Drive folder is missing".
I "Locate folder..." to the original one in the original location on the original hdd and it tells me: "This is not your original Google Drive folder".


Well folks, time to copy all my files on a external hdd, get rid of this thing and use dropbox. Never had any issues with dropbox or know anyone that ever had.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." John Bitner 4/14/13 8:03 AM
Doesn't work for me - migrated from mac mini to macbook pro (OS X 10.7.5 to 10.8.3) - when I do as you suggest, I go to Applications and try to open Google Drive folder there - it tells me I'm not opening the original Google Drive folder - how do I find that?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." GoBillC 4/18/13 3:01 PM
When I right click on the Google Drive folder in my computer, there is no "Error" to choose.  

There is a Google Drive folder.  It does contain the files I put on Google Drive.  When I am in email and I want to attach one of those files to an email message, I have no problem.  When I add new files, they are in the folder.

In short, I have no operational problems with Google Drive except for the dratted error message that says "Error - Google Drive folder is missing"

This problem is all over the web and should be resolve in a manner that a reasonably intelligent person (not a gear head) can get the problem fixed.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Sergio Castro 4/21/13 3:07 PM
Hi Teresa - Any update on this? This message has been posted almost a year ago and the problem is still unsolved.

Thanks,

Sergio

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." nav2004 4/22/13 8:45 AM
Similar kind of issue.

I had G drive installed on my Vista Premium Home edition. Then noticed that my Vista PC was taking unsually longer (about 10 mins) to boot up. Windows Eventviewer was pointing to svchost.exe taking unusually longer to boot. As I did not know what caused it, with only other change being installing goolge drive, i uninstalled it to check.

Still did not see boot time improvement. So I thought, Ok, let me re-install Google Drive and pointed it to same folder as before and it says folder it not empty. Well duh..yes it is not empty, but I want to re-use it, so that you don't sync the entire god damn 15 GB or so of data. But to no avail. So I had to to create a new folder and immediately shut the machine off before it starts syncing and was on google from another laptop, searching if others had similar issues. And sure enough, so many of us are having this issue. This is obviously a flaw with Google Drives design.

I do have dropbox, but prefer Google drive because of the 2-step authentication it provides to login to Google account, plus the ability to view and edit your .doc, .xls files in a browser.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." TheLondonBureau 5/2/13 4:17 AM
Hi Teresa - did the GOOGLE DRIVE team ever fix the below syncing problem?  I am trying to switch between two GOOGLE DRIVE folders for two GOOGLE ACCOUNTS on a single external-HD but the switch feature doesn't work - can you help?

Thanks,

Alex.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." sschnurman 5/3/13 7:38 AM
This worked fine for me. I now have my drive folder on my D: drive.  You have to create AN EMPTY FOLDER.  It will allow you to sync up to that empty folder on another drive.  For me it looks like this D:\Drive\Google Drive (the latter is the actual sync folder.  

So, disconnect your account, then when it asks you where to sync create send it to the empty folder.  I think it's under "advanced settings" I did it already, so I forgot exactly.  It works.  I just did it. Trust me. Takes fenageling but it works.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." ddexter 5/7/13 7:59 AM
I still get an error message: this is not your google drive folder select original
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." bobking 5/7/13 12:09 PM
This is such a waste of time for 101 level of support issue.
Box works great and they gave me 50Gigs of space.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." greystoke76 5/12/13 8:58 PM
Nope. Not post format/restoration/inode change. Not downloading all the data again. Use MD5 instead to check validity (i'll even settle for timestamps).
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Chris Wolfley 5/13/13 11:50 AM
Thanks man.. this fixed the issue for me. I use an SSD for my OS drive, so space is at a premium. However, the RAID data drive where I've relocated the bulk of the profile info is where I wanted it.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Wesley Stueve 5/14/13 10:38 PM
This is pretty technical, but I'm posting hoping someone can make work around for those with tons of data and really, really crappy support from Google (I re-downloaded all my info, but will probably move to dropbox after this incident. The last thing I need is to have a few days of downloading critical files or running out of bandwidth.)

At any rate, it appears Google Drive is storing the file handles of the folder with the API or similar function called GetFileInformationByHandle.

When you create a new folder by moving, reinstalling OS, etc, it will change this. This was a really poor design decision IMHO.

This is stored in the SQLite 3 database under the %appdatalocal%\Google\Drive.  In this drive, there is also a sync_log.log file which has some data you need to update in the SQLite db.  Look for an entry similar to this:
Root inode has changed. Old inode = 6191443488203930, new inode = 281474976732572.

Then, use this link to update the tables the way you need to:
http://sysforensics.org/2012/05/google-drive-forensics-notes.html

Hope this helps someone.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." ddexter 5/15/13 5:08 AM
I quit Google drive and moved to other providers who are more 'oriented' towards syncing than google after this issue. I will not get tempted by the 15GB space as well. What is the use of this if I keep running into issues like this (The other one being 'drive' files not showing up in my android app. Even after a year or so of updates this issue was never resolved.). And the support offered by google is really pathetic. Nobody seems to care! It feels as if I'm left in a crowd, nobody to hear me. Google wants to be Jack of all trades. This attitude will get them nowhere... Goodbye.. Useless Google drive! (I remember how excited I was when google announced its drive. I was among the first few to request this feature. How wrong I was!)
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." stevemidgley 5/16/13 8:33 AM
This looks useful thanks. In my case, Google drive was reporting "unique id" problem and suggested I disconnect my account. Which I did and then reconnected, at which point it won't let me point my drive folder back to the folder I was using, and presumably the metadata file has been overwritten so I'm screwed and will have to re-download all my content. Thanks Google.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." John Garison 5/16/13 3:41 PM
So ... when I upgrade my C drive to a larger one, Google Drive breaks and I have to download all my stuff again?

I live in rural Vermont - that should only take about a day or two ...

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." danmed 5/16/13 11:47 PM
If it is a planned replacement.. as in you know you are going to do it, You can use the below method.. it works fine and i've done it multiple times.

You would typically have to start from scratch, but as long as the files' inode numbers don't change, there is a workaround. You need to back up and restore Drive's metadata after formatting.
Are you on OSX or Windows? On Windows, the metadata is in %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Drive. On OSX, it's in ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Drive.
Before formatting, quit Drive and save a copy of this directory's contents. Once you have it, don't start Drive again before formatting (if you do, get a new copy of the directory after quitting). After formatting, replace the directory in the same spot before starting Drive. You should be good to go.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Roy Tighe 6/8/13 12:45 PM
That was the answer!! Thanks, worked perfect :)
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." John O'B 6/21/13 5:47 AM
Theresa,

This does NOT work!

Please suggest alternative.

Sincerely,

John O'Brien

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Shellback3 6/29/13 11:52 PM
I've just migrated to a new mac from an old mac and am getting the error that the drive is not the original Google drive and see that Google has known about the problem for over a year now but has not fixed it. Shame on them!

So it appears that the I'll need to download from the cloud.  Is it the consensus that I need to disconnect the account, rename the drive, and then install Google drive again after which it will sync?

Thanks

Nate

PS I used Migration Assistant to move all to my new machine (Thunderbolt is nice) The procedure was straight forward.  When I finished I started Time Machine from Time Capsule and it asked if I wanted to inherit the backups from the old machine. I said yes and lo it was so.

It just worked. (And took about a half hour total) Unlike google drive.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Rommel Santor 6/30/13 12:20 AM
I got tired of Google pissing all over me and not giving a crap about its loyal paying customers and finally dumped Google Drive in favor of copy.com which is a phenomenally better service.

Leaving Drive is the only real fix for their complete lack of concern for their broken software.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 6/30/13 6:05 AM
I wonder if Copy.com has an online, standalone, shareable office suite.  Still, I guess it is a tip for a straightforward online file storage service.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Rommel Santor 6/30/13 7:22 AM
I don't use the company features, but in Copy it's set up so you can create company access. This is the intro from the "set up a company" page:
"With Copy for Companies, you can manage your users and groups, share data securely, and revoke data access for terminated employees immediately on every device. Your data is protected against theft by our leading ownership verification technology."

Also, and totally not why I brought Copy up, but if you sign up with my referral link, you and I will both get 5GB of permanent bonus storage space. (They're big on growing via referrals.) If anyone wants to do that, this is my referral link:
https://copy.com?r=D0OuTI

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Rommel Santor 6/30/13 7:38 AM
One other huge thing I wanted to mention that is great about Copy is their upload speed is 200 kb/s. Obviously much (10x) better than Drive's 20 kb/s (if I recall correctly).
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 6/30/13 8:41 AM
Will bear in mind... currently am using IDrive (without sharing) on a test basis until my main computer gets back from repairs.  I subscribe to a dedicated cloud backup service, but for individuals each computer has its own licence/account. (FWIW it is supplied via the business services division of a major British bank but as is based on MozyPro, AFAIK).
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 7/1/13 7:05 AM
Rommel, another thing:  Does copy.com restore files to the original location in the directory structure.  IDrive does not seem to, subject to further testing.

For a mass restore this is a 'mission-critical' requirement.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." R Santor 7/1/13 8:43 AM
Yes, Copy has an undelete feature. See attached screenshot.

You can browse the directory tree of anything that has been deleted. Simply check the box beside something you want restored and click Save and it will be resurrected from the dead.

I just can't find any info about how long they hold onto deleted data before it can no longer be recovered.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 7/1/13 8:52 AM
Thanks, but that is not quite what I meant though, I suppose, it might do a similar job.  (Restoring is not undeleting, exactly.)

In IDrive I test-restored a file and it put in the directory, not in the subfolder from whence it came, if you see what  mean.

This file had not been deleted.  What it should have done is to restore the file (with a new/modified name, such as "1" or "copy" added) next to the original.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." R Santor 7/1/13 9:06 AM
Ah, so it sounds like you're talking about restoring a previous version of a file. Is that right? If so, Copy does support that as well and with a very nice/easy interface.

On your desktop if you right-click on any file in your Copy directory tree, there's an option to view the revision history and preview each version. You have the option to "Make Current" which means overwrite the file on your desktop with the selected previous version; it doesn't make a copy with a different name. Alternately you can just download the old version and save it to your computer anywhere with any name you'd like.

Via the website interface you can also see the revision history but just download the file to your computer, not restore in-place.

I hope I'm answering your question, but please clarify if I'm not.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 7/1/13 9:30 AM
We are getting a bit OT here but no, restoring a previous version is not what I meant, but is related.

In the case of my regular backup service (remembering that it is a dedicated backup service and not one set up for widespread sharing or seeing your files from anywhere) it will restore any version by default to the same location with the same name.  If it detects an existing file there it asks whether it should rename the existing file or the one being restored.  (I can't remember if it asks if it should overwrite - don't used the restore function very often, thankfully.)

You can also elect to restore to any other location, IIRC.

The backed up directory structure is exactly the same as on the source computer, which is the (or another) reason why each machine needs its own licence/conduit to the cloud.

This also means in the case of a mass restoration you can reproduce the same structure easily.  I shall be needing this myself shortly because my own computer (the one I am using now is a 'loaner') is shortly returning from repairs with a new HDD, requiring an OS reinstallation.  (I did not have HDD failure - I had just asked the manufacturer to put in a bigger drive while the thing was in their hands for other repairs.)
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Hawkins Consulting 7/14/13 5:53 PM
Hello. I'm a Google Apps for Business user. This issue is still not resolved. I'm becoming very, very tired of Google's inability to fix even the mildest of problems, and if I don't see some correction to this poor behavior soon, I'll be forced to look elsewhere.

Many people in my technical community have expressed this, and we are growing increasingly frustrated.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." sanjmeh 7/20/13 1:34 AM
I did the same and it solved the problem. Luckily I did not have a very large drive. Also what i did, I copied back from the trash the files that I recently pushed in local google drive but they failed to synch.

I guess there is a reason google does not allow an incremental synch if you disconnect the googledrive and try to synch it back.. For dropbox it is simply a file size and date / time check. Remember google is allowing multi party collaborative editing. So all local editing and comments would be out of synch with the other people's changes, and cannot be merged in the same file while dropbox does not allow any collaborative editing. All files are saved as versions in dropbox. You get the story?

Sanjay  

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 7/20/13 2:41 AM
Sanjay, thanks for your comment about differences between Dropbox and Google Drive.  I know there appear to be bugs in Google Drive but I have also been making the point that some people's 'problems' derive from incorrect expectations of performance, based on their knowledge of simpler systems.

An additional factor is, of course, the fact that GDrive contains a standalone online office suite that works in a browser, which influences (drives?) the way GDrive works.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Peter Bryn 7/22/13 7:50 PM
A year later and there's still no resolution to this? The only reason I'm keeping Google Drive is because I'm a loyal Google user, but it absolutely sucks. This is nonsense. I have 50GB of stuff on Drive - all my files. I pay for this service. And you're telling me I need to re-download everything?

Please Google - live up to the standard of your other products and fix this.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." rainabba 7/23/13 4:49 PM
You'd think the overwhelming number of vote-downs would indicate something of value to Google. Once again, I have to say that Drive is NOT enterprise ready and if it's not Enterprise ready, why would I trust my valuable memories (photo/video) to it?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." rainabba 7/23/13 5:00 PM
Perhaps we won't be ignored on G+. Please add a comment and mention of +Teresa W on this public post: https://plus.google.com/116853723811027299597/posts/E38pN15uuhj
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Angus Foggie 7/30/13 11:00 AM
One year on. Still no response?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Rami Chiha 8/8/13 7:12 PM
Google You need to fix this it is not difficult ... Just do file comparison between what I have in the folder and what is on the cloud
How is that difficult ? :@:@:@:@

What I have done unfortunately:
1. Put all my new files in folder which took a lot of time because I have a lot of folders and new files
2. Delete all files from the google drive folder
3. Resync again to download everything once again
4. copy back my new files so it can resync with the cloud

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Thomas Frießnegg 8/12/13 4:20 PM
I am also having the same problem on Windows 7 service pack 1 64 bit.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Mike Gess 8/13/13 9:59 PM
I do not see "Error - Local Google Drive folder is missing" under at corner task-bar beside time/dates.

Please Help!

I had my external HDD was back up by Google Drive, now I can not use it because it keep say the file are missing or checking make sure your URL correct.

I am upset because most of them are bills, homework - College Assignment! and other things that I CAN NOT USE/OPEN anymore!

Please kind your response to solution this matters asap.

Thank you~

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." oneduality 8/14/13 2:15 PM
It's quite sad, and frustrating that every time I see a product forums post on google pertaining to an issue I'm having, I know there won't be a solution provided by Google.. if a solution is found it's by someone who spent all of their free time searching high and low for the answer.

I'm even more annoyed because I am PAYING for extra storage.. the instructions provided DON'T work.. all I did was copy my Google Drive folder from my main drive to a new drive I just purchased, the only thing that changed was the drive letter..  I really don't feel like deleting all my files and then having Google re-download it all .. C'mon Google it's not hard, backup software has been doing this for years.. you compare files, if they differ.. you ask us if we want to keep the cloud version or the local version.. if a file doesn't exist on my pc, put it on my pc.. if a file doesn't exist on the cloud, put it on the cloud .. This isn't rocket science and the problem has been open for a year now.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." gchorn 8/15/13 5:39 AM
Hi danmed, this might be exactly what I need to get around this issue.  Problem is it's not working so far.  

I've diligently been making Time Machine backups of everything on my Mac for a while now, and then yesterday I had to reformat my hard drive and reinstall everything.  

I used Migration Assistant to get back an exact copy of my Google Drive folder, but I'm getting the same error as everyone else here: "Your Google Drive folder is missing" followed by "This is not your original Google Drive folder" when I select the backup copy.  

So I went back into my Time Machine disk and grabbed the folder at ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Drive and used it to replace the one on my machine, but I'm still getting the same error.  

Shouldn't the backed up copy of the "Drive" folder be the same as what it was before I reformatted my computer?

Douglas Girardot 8/15/13 4:38 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Douglas Girardot 8/15/13 4:42 PM
Delete the Google Drive folder on your computer (Mac: Finder>Account Name>Google Drive; not sure how to on Windows). Then, sign out of your Google Account and completely quit the program. Afterwards, start it up again, and do whatever it prompts you to do. It just worked for me, and hopefully it'll work for others as well.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." oneduality 8/15/13 5:13 PM
That's not a good solution Doug, not when you have 90gb of data on a paid account.. it eats up your bandwidth and it's not acceptable..

The issue is that Google uses physical drive addresses.. so if you move your folder to a new drive as I did.. Google REFUSES to realize it's the same folder.. if you move it to a new location on the SAME drive google can reconcile it .. that's lame and lazy of them.. not only that but they don't offer any real tech support for the money I paid.. they don't answer.. they provide canned responses.. it's appalling to me as a customer.

As a result I've moved to another provider I'll not name.. they provide 50gb FREE, they offer two terabytes for $26.70/mo.. ( google charges $99 for 1 terabyte, and you still get crap, if any support ) .. half the storage, twice the cost, no privacy and zero support.. GEE .. I wonder who I'll choose.. the one that offers extreme encryption, direct support, twice the space and half the cost? ... or the one that offers no support, half the space and twice the cost? .. NO BRAINER..

I hope someone at Google reads this.. I've been with you guys since you were the newbies in town.. I was a beta tester for almost every product you rolled out, you guys used to be amazing.. but now your "do no evil" is bull**** and your loyalty to your customers is even less than Microsoft these days.. oh, how the mighty have fallen..

I'm extremely disappointed .. that's why I've not only found an alternate cloud provider but I'm also looking into alternates for everything you provide.. and I'm also moving my company ( 500+ websites ) away from Google to an open source, self hosted solution..

If only you guys would respond to your customers with thought and not canned replies, I might think twice... but after waiting 2+ years for solutions to problems at times.. it's too much

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." oneduality 8/15/13 5:19 PM
The bottom line to me is that if you have a free account or a paid account, you get the same support.. in other words, the people who are having the same problem as you .. the community is supporting itself, Google steps in occasionally with a canned response .. paid or not paid, you get the same answer... it's not worth paying this company for that crap treatment.

Google has lost it's way... they are literally Microsoft v2.0.. Microsoft is now dying because of this same crap.. Wake up Google, before you suffer the same thing.. go back to your core values

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." derekbirnie 8/18/13 9:41 AM
Same problem here!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Alice Jensen 8/19/13 8:20 AM
aphillippe - This worked for me. Thanks!

On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:31:32 PM UTC-6, aphillippe wrote:
> Solved:
> 1) Disconnect account
> 2) Quit from Drive
> 3) Open Drive again
> 4) log in again
> 5) You are taken to the setup wizard again
> 6) choose a different folder

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." anshusharma1983 8/25/13 6:36 AM
I am facing the same issue. Migrated to my new macbook and seems like I would have to again download the complete drive. Such a punishment for a new mac !
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Urmas K 8/26/13 5:21 AM
A little while ago Google contacted my about my problem where Google Drive (GD) wouldn't update information and asked for reconnect which- as in your case- became a problem. Because they contacted me I became patient to wait.

After a while GD was updated by Google and after the update I haven't received this error no more.

It has been working fine for 2-3 months now and I have thousands of files synced to Google Drive without any problem. Ofcourse files that are locked (eg temporary files) will have problem syncing but overall this isn't and issue- I wouldn want temp files to be on GD anyway ;)

So I must say thanks to Google as it can now be a part of my safe feeling- my stuff is safely in cloud :)

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." robertfrost 8/26/13 7:59 AM
google support is worthless in this regard.  I have a solution though.

OS X

go through the nonsense of signing in and creating a new folder but don't let it sync anything.
Sign out and quit google drive.
Delete the new folder.

These are the files telling google drive what to do:  sync_config.db and snapshot.db
They are located:
/Users/YOURUSERNAMEHERE/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Drive

Just replace the new files with the previous ones associated old working folder.  No duplicates.  No re-downloading.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Peter Bryn 8/26/13 5:21 PM
Urmas:

Pls provide more detail; what version of Google Drive, what OS? I'm on Win7 and I just reinstalled-no luck. Same problem.

Thanks.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." murthycian 8/27/13 7:34 AM
Try this ... http://goo.gl/q9Ehgr

Just found this in my 'travels', about to try it out.

If it helps, pass it on if it helps & acknowledge the author
If it doesn't, share your feedback w the author

Be well!
/am

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." olwin orvin mitchell 9/8/13 5:31 PM
I will like recover my original goggle field and reclocked it back I have change my hard because it was damage and since then my goggle is mission
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Daveon Dacosta 9/10/13 7:07 AM
Very frustrating when I had to format my computer and it can't figure out, even after a scan, that it's the Google Drive folder on my external backup drive. Instead, it created duplicate files. After looking at 40 Gb to sync again, I am now looking for another provider. Ridiculous!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Daveon Dacosta 9/10/13 7:46 AM
Found solution at > http://goo.gl/q9Ehgr. I used the SQLite Manager addon for Firefox.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Darlene Hildebrandt 9/13/13 5:50 PM
hello? Did you read all the answer below this? I have the same problem - migrated to new macbookpro and it's the same folder, all my stuff is there it just doesn't recognize it.  How to sync?  I don't want to delete and redo for fear of loss or duplication
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." art educator 9/18/13 7:31 AM
This solution does not work for me either. I have had to delete all the drive files and re-sync them, on two different computers now. Also - I did not change the folder location or alter it in any way, so I don't understand why Google Docs could not locate the folder any more.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Nicole Rounce 9/19/13 8:16 AM
I haven't touched the location of my folder, but am getting the same error message: " The Google Drive folder you selected is no empty. Please select an empty folder or empty this one". I need to access both the school district folder and my personal folder as I share many files with myself through these drives.

Nicole R.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Wil Black 9/30/13 8:54 AM
Hi,
I am experiencing the same problems when migrating from my old Mac Book Pro to a new one. The Google Drive folder is there, but google tells me its not the original so I can't use it. I then tried the trick of disconnecting my account and reconnecting. But when I select the existing folder in the wizard, it tells me it needs an empty folder. Fail.
I guess I'll have to re-download my drive folder, but I'll have to wait until after work because it will bog down the work network. Pretty inconvenient.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." manjushri 10/1/13 3:02 PM
EXACTLY!!!! Everytime I log out of my google drive I have to re-download everything when I sign back in? That is absolutely fucking ridiculous.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." didacgil9 10/3/13 8:16 AM
After more than a year and this keeps unsolved? I guess that I should not renew my google account
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." didacgil9 10/3/13 8:19 AM
This does not work at all. Any other suggestion?
I don't want to get duplicated in the Google Drive folder, I do not have the time, space or patience for this. Besides, I am paying to get the service, so I think there should be another solution
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Xavier Dery 10/12/13 3:51 PM
"I didn't make any changes to the local Google Drive folder before I copied it to the new location."

No I did not ! What if I had a 100gb subscription to Drive ? What if I lived in Brasil and my internet company had me by the fork of my pants ?

Please allow us to move our folder like Dropbox ans others allow.

Thanks !

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." gchorn 10/12/13 7:32 PM
Look, this is not an ad (I posted earlier on this same thread with the same problem all of you are having).  But after seeing how little attention Google is paying to this issue, I started looking around for an alternative product to backup my stuff.  

I found CrashPlan+.  It's only $5.99/mo for unlimited space, it does versioning (which Drive does not), it comes with mobile apps so you can access your stuff from any mobile device (in addition to any computer)...in short, it's just plain better and cheaper if you want cloud backup, and you get actual customer service to boot.  At least that's my experience with it so far, anyway.  

I know this won't help for people who like using Google Drive to collaborate on large, non-Google-Doc files, or people who have metered connections and can't afford to re-upload all of their stuff, but it was my way of saying, "Sorry Google, you just lost a loyal paying customer because you couldn't provide even the most basic level of decent customer service."  If enough of us simply stop paying for their service and go to a competitor, I'm guessing Google will eventually take notice and spend the two minutes it would likely actually take them to solve this issue.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Steezie Steezie 10/17/13 2:04 PM
Doesn't work. I get the following message:
This is not your original Google Drive folder.
Please find and select the original.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Howie Isaacks 10/26/13 10:41 AM
Teresa...

I'm having the same problem, and I came here hoping to find an answer. It appears that you don't actually answer your customers when they tell you that your copied and pasted response did not work. Should I even keep paying for your service? This is bullshit!

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Al Lim 11/1/13 1:27 AM
your so called "solution" does not work so get back to the drawing room
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." dagaz 11/1/13 2:25 AM
This is ridiculous. All I did was update my Google account to use 2 step verification and now I need to delete my Google Drive folder and let it re-download everything? Not acceptable Google. Bye bye Google Drive.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." sebthestampede 11/5/13 6:17 AM
same here, windows 8.1
I needed to format my D:\ partition, so I copied "Google Drive" folder to another machine. After copying it back, Google Drive complains about missing folder and fails to recognize it with "this is not your original folder" message.
Partition name is the same.
wtf google fix this bug
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Howie Isaacks 11/5/13 6:24 AM
Here's how I solved my Google Drive problem...  I setup my own server to run ownCloud, which is an open source, free web server platform. Now, I don't have to worry about Google Drive giving me issues like bogging down my computer when I first login, and I don't have to worry about  having all of my files get resynched just because I accidentally moved something. There are a lot of hosting providers that can host ownCloud, so you don't have to use your own server. I just happened to have a spare Mac mini that I used to setup OS X Server with web services. I installed the ownCloud files, and activated everything. It works great. I will spend this next weekend moving all of my Google Drive files to ownCloud, and then I will cancel my paid Google Drive account. I would not have done this if Google was actually responsive to customer support requests, and if they had designed a better client for their service. Google should be better than this, but they have shown that they simply don't care unless you have an enterprise account. Small customers don't matter, and we are relegated to chat support (which is never available when I have time to use it), or email support. That's a lousy way to treat customers.
DAS1951 11/6/13 3:22 AM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/6/13 3:24 AM
Howie, I doubt ownCloud gives you the file creation and collaboration service that Google Drive does.  If you do not need it then it is a case of 'horses for courses'.

If people need just backup they should go to a proper, dedicated backup service.  No two-way sync, no sharing etc
Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." andresoviedo 11/11/13 6:06 AM
There is a workaround for this "This is not your original folder". I've just released a google drive FTP adapter to connect to google drive through the FTP protocol.

With this application you can connect any FTP application to your Google Drive through the FTP protocol. Use it in conjunction with any comparison tool supporting FTP protocol to synch your files (beyond compare, filezilla, etc)

Of course, the sincronization proces should be handled by FTP client.

Project located here:
https://github.com/andresoviedo/google-drive-ftp-adapter

Best regards

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Lukenshak 11/14/13 12:34 AM
Why is there a "Change" option in Folder Location of Google Drive settings when you really cannot select the location of your choice? shiish

Aurevoir GDrive. Bonjour Dropbox!

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Chris L H 11/23/13 4:22 PM
Amazing that this is STILL an issue. I just want to move my Google Drive folder to another hard drive, and get the 'not original folder' error. I would have thought checksums were being used, but as best as I can tell, they're looking at hard coded paths to file locations, and refuse to accept any folder that isn't the original path?!?
I'm lucky enough to be able to just move my folder back to the old location, but the problem this presents for the future really gives me pause at expanding the amount of data I have on Google Drive.

CORRECTION/UPDATE, after moving my GD folder to another drive, then back to the original location, it is STILL "not the original folder". What kind of jerry rig is used in this software for sync?! So it looks like I'll need to re-download all of my data regardless. I'm not going to even bother contacting Google, as their "enterprise support" provided no better answers to a customer as of Nov 13th, I'm betting I'm SOL.

(in the comments)
http://rainabba.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-really-move-your-google-drive.html

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." jen.c.harlan 11/25/13 2:01 AM
So, I have read all 12 pages of this thread, and all I have to say is wow...  A year and a half and there has been no contact with anyone at Google for 12 months...  I think I'm glad that I have a free account, and I will not be upgrading until they do a revamp of the whole application to fix the multiple issues that I have read about here this morning...  Epic Fail Google....
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tickmc 11/25/13 2:54 AM
Hi,

Once you move your Google Drive folder, you have effectively disconnected your local account and so will have to re-download from the cloud. 

- rename your local Google Drive folder to Google Drive old
- reinstall Drive and wait for it to finish syncing down
- if you have any newly created files that were not in the cloud, copy these into your new Google Drive folder  (from your old folder) and wait for the sync up to finish

Then you will be good to go.

- Mike
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." didacgil9 11/25/13 3:26 AM
And you call that a synching process?

I call it a full backup.

I am sorry, but this product is getting nowhere, you don't provide any solution, but this is more a problem than anything else.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 11/25/13 4:29 AM
didacgil9, you can call it what you like, but "full backup" is one thing that GDrive does not do, if you mean proper, professional backup.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." myoungsun1 11/30/13 8:02 AM
this worked for me
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." webmo 12/10/13 1:05 AM
Teresa,

I'm using a Mac, running OS 10.9 "Mavericks". I downloaded the Google Drive app from drive.google.com just now, so I'm assuming that it's the latest version.

I just upgraded my HDD to an SSD and Google Drive gave me the "This is not your original Google Drive folder" message.

I tried signing out and signing back in, but now it says "There is a problem with your selection. The Google Drive folder you selected is not empty. Please select an empty folder or empty this one."

So, Google Drive is telling me to delete 8 GB of data and re-download it fresh, even though I have all of the files copied straight from old hard disk.

This process is definitely broken. It would be great if you guys could fix this.

Thanks.


On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:06:03 AM UTC-7, Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Thanks for posting. If you moved the Google Drive folder to a new place on your computer:Click the Google Drive icon in your computer’s toolbar.Select "Error - local Google Drive folder is missing."Click Locate folder...Select your folder in its new location and click Open.Google Drive will reconnect.
> Let me know if you run into any more issues.
>
>
> Cheers,
> Teresa

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Loreley Pabon 12/12/13 3:27 AM
this solved my problem thanks.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Rado Vleugel 12/13/13 12:32 PM
I've exactly the same problem as webmo. I bought a new MacBook Pro Retina and this new machien has an SSD instead of an HDD. Shitty, unprofessional for a paid service. Google is a moloch that doesn't really care about it customers.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Yvano 12/13/13 2:01 PM
Hello Teresa,

I did exactly what you outlined, but when selecting new folder I am being told it is not the original folder.

After:
4. Select your folder in its new location and click Open.
I never get to :
5. Google Drive will reconnect.

How can I contour this without transferring all data from WEB ?

Data are still available on local HD.

I think this could help many others, jugging from this forum, this is a common problem.


Thanks

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." prasa 12/27/13 1:38 AM
Appreciate receiving an answer from Google as quickly as possible. I have to move my folder to another drive without having to download the whole thing. Frankly I do not have the bandwidth to do it.

Thanks

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tickmc 12/27/13 1:51 AM
Prada,

You simply cannot do it like that, I'm afraid. You will have to reinstall Drive in the new location and resync.

- Mike

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." rainabba 12/27/13 12:02 PM
Prasa, http://goo.gl/q9Ehgr
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Resa Liputra 1/6/14 5:49 AM
I might have found the solution. Make sure that folder is indeed empty by showing all hidden files. I found there was one hidden file called desktop.ini. As soon as I deleted that file and reconnect my Google Drive account to this folder it would re-sync everything back from the cloud. It would still suck to have to re-sync a lot of files, luckily I only have to re-sync about 500MB worth.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 1/6/14 5:59 AM
I have been watching this thread for at least 2.5 years now. It is still funny how most people do not understand the actual issue. I have over 300 GB (not MB!) of data in a cloud and the solution offered by Google Drive, to re-sync everything from the cloud, is simply ridiculous. Plus, the correct solution, from purely technical perspective, is a no-brainer. But for some mysterious reason they don't want to spend money on fixing GD, which is a pity. They offer lots and lots of really high quality products in general but this particular one just s*cks.

I eventually moved to Amazon Glacier (after a short tete-a-tete with Dropbox) as their offer suited my needs in 99%. Dropbox is nice (and works waaaaay better than GD) but the gap between 200GB and 500GB is a big disadvantage. If you have 250GB of data, you still need to pay for 500GB storage which is too expensive for some users (me for instance).

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/6/14 7:05 AM
Piotr, "most people do not understand the actual issue".

I think this also applies to people who suggest alternatives like Amazon Glacier.
http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/pricing/

I do not see a standalone online office suite, nor the ability to synchronise across many devices...
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 1/6/14 7:15 AM
DAS1951: No two products are exactly the same and I fully agree with you that Amazon Glacier and Google Drive are two completely different products, targeted at different users etc. I am just describing what worked for me. I am not saying this would work for everybody.

Having said the above, I am still claiming that the way Google implemented detecting changes in files in GD folder (i.e. using inode / physical HDD sector addresses rather than checksums) is terrible and has a failure written all over it.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/6/14 7:22 AM
You may be right about a technical aspect but wholsesale criticism -- which is what you implied -- is unwarranted.  Nobody else comes very close to some of the other features.  MS is working on its SkyDrive, and that may turn out to be a serious competitor in the online file creation and sharing space.

BTW, I would not recommend GDrive as a proper backup solution, as I have posted many times in this forum.  It is just not suited for safe backup, partly because of two-way synchronisation required for GDrive to work as advertised.  And from the charging structure and some stated aims of the Glacier service, I am not sure it is that great for this purpose either.  Maybe just for 'archiving' files, whatever that means.

Great if it floats your boat, but it certainly has to be enjoyed with understanding, as does every such service.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 1/6/14 7:46 AM
The thing is, if I own a house with a million features that no other houses have, but that is built with icecubes rather than proper bricks, I don't want the house.

Files are at the very core of what Google offers with Google Drive, and synchronization of them is the most important part of the service. All other layers / services, however wonderful and competitive they are, are built on top of this. Ergo, poor sync mechanizm undermines the whole solution. Most users won't notice anything as they have (relatively) small amounts of data and fast network connectivity.

In the GD's EULA it should be written with big, pink, blinking, buzzing and whistling font: WHEN MOVING YOUR GD DATA TO ANOTHER DRIVE, BE PREPARED FOR A RE-DOWNLOAD OF THE WHOLE FOLDER, NO MATTER HOW BIG IT IS AND HOW MUCH YOU PAY FOR THE TRANSFER.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/6/14 7:56 AM
I agree with you that the sync'ing feature needs improvement, but I still disagree with you about your 'house of ice cubes' metaphor.  I also agree that some warnings should be more prominent, but my vote goes to highlighting that GDrive is not ideal for safe backup.

In this forum somebody recently posted an excellent explanation for the tech limitations in GDrive, Dropbox et al.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/drive/WE4DZPcBF44/FRyoEyxBkCoJ

So you might like to accept that your views (and mine, of course) are not universally held.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tickmc 1/6/14 8:12 AM
Hiya,

An interest discussion is going on here. For me, Drive is the space where my files are stored with the sync tool a lesser element. The first part works very well indeed - the online collaboration in Docs is nothing less than fantastic. The sync tool is a younger element that is still finding its feet, but I expect it will get there. It works well for me and businesses I am involved with. There is a myriad of systems/OSs/Virus checkers/Malware checkers that is has to contend with. There are some known issues that will be resolved, too.

The disconnected account issue I have personal opinions on that may differ here. It is the 'trusted source' issue. Should someone carry a personal thumb drive that she can plug into any machine she own and that become the trusted source. The potential for inadvertent mass deletion are clear. If you reinstall Windows and remove your Google Drive folder, then that loses its trusted source status which I think is fair enough. Perhaps the sync tool could resync more quickly in that situation, perhaps. It seems to me that Google are erring on the side of caution a this stage.

- Mike
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 1/6/14 8:33 AM
DAS1951: the world would be an extremely boring place if eveyone shared a single opinion ;) I am free to express mine and there are hundreds (if not thousands) of angry users just in this very thread, dissapointed by the fact that GD is unable to sync differrentially. Some of them had to pay huge piles of money as their internet providers charge them for every byte of data transfered in or out. Some others have hundreds of gigs of data, slow connections, and they had to wait two weeks for a full sync (that's me!). This way or another, the issue exists and Google isn't going to fix it any time soon, despite all those unhappy users and their hopeless screams in the void.

And the most intriguing thing here is that it is not a brain surgery - it's just about the way files are compared. You grab a local copy of the file and the copy from the cloud. You compare sizes+timestamps+hashes. If there is a mismatch, you sync the files. End, finito, конец.

They built a masterpiece search engine. They built one of the best online collaboration tools. They generate a two-figure percentage of world's internet traffic. They make more money in one day than I will make in my whole life. And still they don't want to fix such a quirk. Really weird.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/6/14 8:46 AM
Piotr, did you read the post to which I linked?  The one that explains the tech problem related to synchronisation.

The fix may not be as simple as you make it out to be, and who says Google are not working on trying to improve the app?

I replied to you because of your wholesale condemnation of GDrive because it did not meet *your* expectation in an admittedly important but limited area, and the fact you claimed Amazon Glacier to be comparable.  At least you subsequently conceded that "they are completely different products".
Thus if you had said something on the lines of "I need a service for simple file storage without sharing and two-way synchronisation.  GDrive does not work for me because... but Amazon Glacier does" I would not have said anything, or maybe even have added something like "sensible choice".  If you had mentioned proper, safe backup in this context I might have added a suggestion for something else...
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Piotr L 1/6/14 9:13 AM
DAS1951 haha ok ok, put the gun down, please. I admit I may have used a slightly wrong arguments here. Forget the whole Glacier thing. Forget my simplification of the sync process (I still don't think using inodes is a good idea though). Yes, I've read that thread you pointed me to, and I understand syncing files across flaky connections, and between multiple devices is more complex than what I described in my previous post. But still, the main thing here is that Google is disrespectfully ignoring an issue that has been well known for ages, raised many, many times, and has caused trouble to many users. And this issue does not apply to any other mainstream in-cloud-storage solution (i.e. Dropbox or SkyDrive or whatever else things people are trying to advertise here).

Now, let's go back to the Glacier thing, just to make things clear. My case is that I have some 300GB of pictures and I need a trusted storage for them in case sh*t happens. I store them locally on my laptop, sync over a local home network with a mirrored (raid) multimedia drive and at the same time I sync them with Amazon Glacier, which costs me less than €4 per month, on average. The same thing with Dropbox would cost me over €40 per month, or a similar price if I used GD (I must admit, GD is more flexible when it comes to storage pricing but that's another topic).

Now, if things go REALLY bad (someone breaks in to my house, which actually happened last year), then steals my RAID drive (which never happened so far but sh*t tends to happen, fingers crossed), and then, at the same time, I got my laptop stolen or damaged, I am still good to go with my 300GB of data in the cloud. This is exactly how I tend to use the online storage, and that's why Glacier is just perfect for me. Other people may have more complex scenarios and Glacier would be more or less useless for them, I understand that. Horses for courses.

However, if I need to reinstall an OS on my laptop (which I do at least once a year), or replace a harddrive with a bigger one (which also happens every now and then), I need to be able to sync my online files quickly. I usually copy them across over the local home network and then point the local folder to Glacier - voila, no extra sync required. But if it was a GD folder, I would need to reload the whole 300 GB from the cloud, which is very annoying, and which is exactly why this whole thread exists.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Wesley Stueve 1/6/14 9:14 AM
This isn't so new software.  That's a cop out.  I've been following this thread for close to 1 year and have yet to see official google support respond.  It's quite embarrassing.  My best guess is that google has abandoned development and support on google drive sync but hasn't pulled the trigger on cancelling the product.

This thread isn't for a discussion of what google drive does or doesn't do. It's about google drive sync and to seek support to not have to download all of your files again in the event you move your drive, have a hard drive failure, or otherwise have the file handle for the root folder change.  Quit trying to steer the discussion in another direction.

I reported a long time ago that google drive is using the file handle for the files instead of some other means to detect changes.  If google support were paying attention, it would be fixed already.  I personally would be embarrassed if I were responsible for this level of support and feedback - especially for a paid product.

Bottom line is that google drive sync is not supported or under development by google, and if you wish to have your files locally sync'd, look for another product.  Do not use google drice.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." rainabba 1/6/14 10:03 AM
I agree and these guys really should have their little tiff elsewhere so those of us monitoring the thread for productive reasons don't have to deal with the noise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off_topic
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 1/6/14 10:12 AM
Piotr, it would certainly help if the Google Dev team would publish a list of, say, the top 5 tech problems they are working on - not the first time I mention this.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Sammy Davis Jr. 1/8/14 12:39 PM
This works
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." HuntsDesk 1/16/14 9:32 AM
This worked for me! Thanks.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Matthew Arrington 1/16/14 9:47 AM
Same problem. This is not your original drive.... blah
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Peter Rothblatt 1/21/14 8:57 PM
Hi,

I followed your directions and identified the one google drive folder on my computer. When I selected it, I got the message "this is not the original google drive folder". And I've not been able to find any other Drive folders on my computer. Your advice?

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tickmc 1/21/14 10:15 PM
Peter,

- rename your local Google Drive folder to Google Drive old
- reinstall Drive and wait for it to finish syncing down
- if you have any newly created files that were not in the cloud, copy these into your new Google Drive folder  (from your old folder) and wait for the sync up to finish

Then you will be good to go.

- Mike
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." MRcraft 1/27/14 3:56 PM
What the Hell?!?!  I changed the username (same account though) on my computer because Mavericks had a networking issue.  Now it seems the only option is to re-download my entire gdrive on this computer?  Nearly 2 years of this same problem and it's not been resolved?  C'mon Google!!
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." CJ'snet 1/28/14 11:19 PM
If Sergey Brin or Eric Schmidt were aware of this thread they'd be extremely embarrassed. It's frankly unbelievable.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." arajara 2/2/14 2:00 PM
This has been going on two years?

All I did was change the name of my hard drive and looks like my entire Google Drive folder has to redownload!

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Michael Horvath 2/2/14 8:57 PM
Man this sucks.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hansolo415 2/4/14 8:30 AM
Same problem.  Clearly happens when Google thinks that you've picked a different drive, either because you upgraded, copied to a new hard drive etc.  

The idea that you click on the initial error and pick the current drive fails, because Google recognizes again that this IS NOT your original drive (duh! its a copy).  I'm guessing that's a security issue thing to prevent copying & messing up your stuff (more likely its just stupid, but hey! you never know)

Next you get smart and disconnect and reconnect.  You are cruising along fine until you get to the message that says "Hey the drive location you picked is NOT empty (well DUH!) and insists that you empty it" (which of course defeats the whole purpose.  So you get smart and then as it is syncing decide to copy everything into the folder.  Well Google gets dumb and decides to make a second copy of everything.

Does this happen in Drop Box?   Nope.  So could Google fix this?  I'm sure they could.

So until someone nice from Google realizes that competing products DO do this and they might lose market share (sadly not too many of us learn about this problem so I doubt we have that much of a voice) I think we are stuck.

However, for those of us that are sort of okay with redownloading everything, disconnecting and reconnecting and emptying your folder should do the trick.  I would try to sneak over to a University or somewhere else with an ultra fast Internet connection that's FREE! and redownload the whole thing or wait to do it overnight or on a weekend when you don't need it and simply sync the folders you absolutely have to have in the mean time.  

I'm hoping the good news is that once you've done this once on the new drive you won't have to do it again (that might be a pipe dream though).

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." hansolo415 2/4/14 10:37 AM
I sent the issue to a friend at Google who said that they will look into it.  With any luck we will have a new release soon and hear something from them about it.  
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Pretz_11 2/10/14 8:40 AM
Let's just hope your friend's name is Larry.  Doesn't look as though anyone else at Google has any interest in finding a more elegant solution to this problem.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." swatixr 2/12/14 7:44 AM
Teresa,
 after moving to a new computer (MacBook Pro 10.9) Drive says the folder is missing. If i locate it it claims this is not the original Google Drive folder. Its unfortunate you posted this reply asking if anyone has more issues but don't followup. Searching Google help gives nothing either.

I tried a disconnect, that lets me back in but insists on sync'ing. It also wont accept the folder since its not empty (fairly sure a 30 year old UNIX tool like rsync could figure this one out more efficiently)

Steve

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tickmc 2/12/14 9:13 AM
Steve,

Did you not see my solution posted above?

- Mike
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." manjushri 2/12/14 10:05 AM
Mike, the problem is that RE-downloading is not a solution.

Especially if google wants us to store everything in the cloud, it does not makes sense to have to redownload multiple gigabytes every time you sign out of drive.

Google drive should be able to recognize documents that are the same and already exist.

I get that they are trying to be idiot proof but at least give me the option to sync like a big boy at my own risk.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." ohjeffieboy 2/19/14 3:28 PM
Teresa ...

Do you have any idea how LONG it takes to sync my drive all over again? THIS IS RIDICULOUS. FIX THIS STUPID PRODUCT.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Jose L Cuevas Garcia 3/7/14 6:41 AM
Just adding my name to the list of people who had to re-download the entire drive.

If you disconnect, you get the wizard but it complains the folder is not empty, else it nags with this sis not the original folder.

Annoying half backed products...

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." masc 3/15/14 4:46 AM
I can't believe almost two years later there's no fix for this!! It's insane to ask people with TERABYTES of data in Google Drive to redundantly re-download all data when making necessary and common changes to their computing environments such as updating local storage. Shame, Google, I just upgraded to 1TB of storage with Google Drive, and needed to upgrade my local drive to accommodate, and now I'm having to re-download 100GB -- when all the data is there, copied freshly to the new drive?!? I simply can't imagine having to do this for a full terabyte or more, and you're selling 10TB packages. Shame, Google, shame.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." and another 3/26/14 9:19 AM
add another to the list- I didn't change anything this time- GDrive just decided it was unhappy with the GDrive folder.  Did the ridiculous disconnect and reinstall/download.   That wouldn't allow me to paste in my login/password.  Another mild annoyance.

Don't know what else, but this makes it clear why it's a bad idea for Google support staff to use their real names.  

If I had the need to keep huge amounts of data online, I'd certainly find another cloud service.  For small amounts shared with  many collaborators, this is useable, albeit FLAWED egregiously.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Robotkabob 3/30/14 8:12 AM
Yup, this is pretty ridiculous and laughably terrible. I'm not sure why this issue even exists, and it seems so simple to fix.  

Hash each file and insert into a local index.
Compare local file hashes to online index.
Download only if different.

How is de-duplication still a problem for a 2 year old product? I'm currently redownloading 40GB of *identical* content that is already preset on the machine.  

Seriously, what the crap?

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." William Haight 3/30/14 8:13 AM
Worked just fine for me.  Just remember to click the advanced setup Button?
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Steve Pham 4/7/14 6:57 AM
adding my name to the list. i have had to do this 3 times now:
1. restoring from a time machine back-up that had an old Google Drive folder
2. moving to a new hard-drive
3. renaming the Google Drive folder

these are really 3 very common scenarios, and Google Drive fails each time. this is ridiculous for a paid product.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." rainabba 4/7/14 2:01 PM
Let me first say that I STILL have nothing but bad news from Google about the Sync Client and have every reason to believe they are going to ditch it. They're actively encouraging 3rd party solutions and mine will likely end up on the list in the next 6 months but since I have no reason to expect it will be a source of income at the moment, it has to take back-seat to paying projects so it's hard to pin a timeline. That said, I would seriously consider a KickStarter-backed client because that approach would allow me to secure enough interest to make the project worth putting ahead of my other ventures. If you would consider engaging in such a project, please follow the link below and say as much in the comments. If I see enough engagement there, I'll put together the project and see if IT gets the interest needed to move forward. My client would minimally support Windows and Linux, allow you to tightly control what you sync and where (pairs of online-offline folders) and filter. The syncing algorithm will provide adjustable levels of accuracy also which means that using existing files will be possible. That's just to touch on the idea.

On a better note, I HAVE found a decent Windows client that addresses the 3 major issues I have with google's client. It is not incredibly fast and almost has too many options considering how they're presented which means that it's really more for power users, but so far it seems to have the flexibility and stability I need and I imagine it will well-suit many of you.

I've explained more in my old but updated blog entry about moving Google Drive: http://goo.gl/q9Ehgr?ref=20140407
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 4/7/14 2:20 PM
I should like to cite this post from 3 Jan 2014 from KimSRT.  It was in thread about sync'ing and mentions moving files, which makes it pertinent to this thread at least to some degree...

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/drive/WE4DZPcBF44/FRyoEyxBkCoJ

From Google Drive forum
About synchronisation problems
3 Jan 14
From: KimSRT via Google Drive
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 2:14 PM
To: dr...@googleproductforums.com
Subject: Re: Google drive is dumping files in my recycle bin - Who the hell knows how much stuff I have already deleted unknowingly...

Google Drive, DropBox,and many of the other Desktop Drive Synchronization applications operate on a principal of Directory Change Notifications (on Mac, they likely use FSEvents). In not so technical terms, this means that there is a folder on your computer, the Sync Folder, and there is software running that is ‘watching’ that folder, the Google Drive App. When something happens in that folder, such as a file being added, or deleted, or renamed, the Operating System sends a message to the software watching the folder and says “hey, software, something just happened in this folder, and I wanted to let you know about it.” At that time, it’s the software’s responsibility to wake up, figure out what happened, and then phone home to the mother ship, in this case Google, and relay that information so the same series of events can be replicated on the remote server. Note: there’s a lot more going on under the hood, the software is talking to the mother ship to see if any other devices are doing the same thing, but in general, this is what's happening.

The logic works very well under low levels of activity, and under a very responsive Internet connection with little or no latency (delays in the communication process between the various computers). However, as the amount of activity on your shared desktop folder increases, the number of notifications begins to accumulate and it’s possible to overload the software ‘watcher’ with too much to do. When and if this occurs, one or more change notifications may be lost and the result could be that one or more files get lost, moved to the Recycle Bin. It’s also quite possible that other applications running on your computer are vying for the CPU and if application XYZ is using the CPU, the Operating System is delayed in sending the notification to your watcher application.

Take, for instance, the case of transferring 10,000 small files to your Google Drive; this turns out to be up to 10,000 change notifications pushed by the OS to the Google Drive Desktop Software. Granted, software is always supposed to work 100% of the time, but suppose one of those change notifications gets lost or garbled. Then, let’s say you decide to move those 10,000 files into a sub-directory so they are better organized. Well, if the synchronization is still happening (Google Desktop telling the mother ship what to do), and you move those files, you’ve now generated 10,000 more change notifications for more work. Again, software should always work, but as others have said, Synchronization is not simple, and in Google’s case, their desktop app (the mac version at least) is still a ‘version 1.x’ release, so it’s very immature as software goes, so it could be a bit quirky at times under heavy load.

I realize this does not take away from the frustration with using the product and the service, but remember, it’s free, and the software is relatively young, so there are most likely going to be issues on occasion.

Full Disclosure and Recommendations:

Personally, I’ve been a software developer for over 30 years and the company I work for, South River Technologies, has been developing this type of technology since 1997, selling it as WebDrive. I can say with way too much experience that what Google and DropBox are trying to do with their Desktop Client is very difficult to do. We’ve been doing this stuff for nearly 15 years now, on all versions of Windows going back to Windows 95. We are currently on version 11 of our Windows product and we still run into situations where we go, “hmm, that’s interesting,” but fortunately it is very rare.

My recommendation would be to a)be patient with Google’s Drive application and maybe it’ll get better over time, b) move your data to a paid service which has full-time responsive technical support staff who can help you with your issues when they arrive, or c) go with a third party desktop client application which does not use Change notifications to work with Google Drive, like our WebDrive product. It’s not free because we use that money to hire technical support people to respond to your issues daily, but it’s very mature and works with Google Drive.

More information can be found on our website at www.WebDrive.com

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Tecknotardd 4/14/14 5:22 PM
I know this is an old thread - My question is can I change the default location of the metadata.

I run a portable version of Google drive Sync Which works Except the Metadata AppData drive is erased every week or so on my work computer. I am trying to find a way to load this into my documents instead.

Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." Joey Ne 4/16/14 8:44 PM
This worked for me, especially the third suggestion: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2456903?hl=en
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." J_L 4/18/14 1:13 PM
This is broken so badly, I restored a Time Machine backup to a new Mac and am stuck in this loop of "this is not your original google drive folder". Stupid Stupid Stupid! Come on Google, fix this! Your competitors cloud folders just work after the restore.
Re: Error after moving local Google Drive folder -- "This is not your original Google Drive folder." DAS1951 4/18/14 2:01 PM
From the GDrive point of view you have a new location in a new computer with a whole new indentity and it does not recognise the the folder in the new location as an existing folder.  I am not sure this is "broken" or "stupid".

One of the more experienced users here posted a more detailed explanantion about this, but I did not keep a copy, unfortunately.
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