Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders

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Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders bearcave 11/20/12 8:52 AM
I have Google Drive for PC on multiple computers.  Within my Google Drive there are about 30 folders containing 10,000 files. 

On one computer it will sync up 15 folders and 6,000 files, on another it will sync up 29 folders and all files and on a third it will sync up 29 folders and 9,000 files.

All Google Drives for PC on each computer is setup exactly the same way. 

This has become very frustrating and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Sylvie P 11/22/12 8:10 AM
I have the same problem. Looking for a fix.
 
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Emili Masnou 11/28/12 2:26 AM
Hi,

We are having same issue with 5 computers/users. Every user sees a different amount of files.

This was a pilot project to move the business filesystem to Gdrive but this issues are reducing users' confidence in the project to the point they are starting to share files by email or memory sticks.

Solutions I have read about this issue, sending share email to all users and similar workarrounds are not feasible when we are speaking about thousands of files.

I have even tried to use diferent sync clients, Gdrive and Insync but results are similar, so looks like the root issue is in server side.

I would like to know if there is ( or will be ) a proper solution about this, or I should cancel completely the project and search for a diferent solution out of Google.




Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Sylvie Plouffe 11/28/12 6:27 AM
I didn't have issues the last days. What I did? I use Google Drive Web only with Chrome (I used Explorer9). I was used to close my computer at the end of the day. Now, at the end of the day, I close all my files, I restart my computer and let it open all the night. At the morning, all my files are synchronised.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Erik Beijer 11/30/12 3:10 AM
Same problem here. It should be fixed before files get accidentally deleted (thinking they are synced).
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Nyan - Support 11/30/12 9:06 AM
Hi,

We're currently investigating this issue. Please launch Drive in diagnostic mode and send a report to Google.

In the meantime, try exiting the other sync apps on the other devices and restart one with all the files to have it rescan the web. It's possible that with multiple devices connected and syncing, it's reading missing files in one device, readjusting the file index on the web Drive, and therefore not noticing the file is missing on another local device.

Make sure all the files are available on the web Drive as that is the copy that will sync down to synced devices.

Cheers
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Emili Masnou 12/3/12 11:29 PM
Hi,

yesterday I enable Google drive reporting and send it at the end of the day Google Drive Report 654D7A9D4398F411.

Meanwhile I checked movile devices and there are diferent cases, some users do have mobile sync configured and some don't.

For 4 users in pilot, with 1 shared folder for all them have following accessible information in Local folder Drive:

- 525MB 1120 Files and 188 folders
- 474 MB 1100 Files and 195 folders
- 561MB 1131 Files and 195 Folders.
- 543MB 1242 Files and 205 Folders.


Thanks

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders adam may 1/24/13 8:56 AM
I'm having the same issue. I also sometimes save files to my google drive folder and they just plain don't upload to sync either. No idea why especially since all the other files in the same folders do and I'm no where even close to my account capacity.

Why would I want to keep spending money on such a horribly unreliable file and backup system?
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders blairlj 1/30/13 7:41 AM
I had the same issue with two computer currently hooked up to sync. While at work I moved files around and added files and noticed that they were not showing up on the computer Google drive, but the were on the Google Web. I did as you suggested and exited the Google sync (in the windows 7 tray) and then restarted the Google Sync. I watched as it updated and once it was finished all my files listed. 

Thanks for the info!!!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Stephen Prentice 2/3/13 12:06 PM
Yea, we are really regretting the move from Dropbox.
We were expecting a more reliable product from Google but so far, it's been nothing but a pain in the arse.
This is a prime time service that doesn't appear to be ready.
There is one elementary and simple denominator that should be present in the server side code.
ALL devices must have the same exact file and folder count. How tough can that be?
Sure, I understand the variable where a device isn't synced because it was offline but, we know our devices are all online and we just scratch our heads at why the file and folder count can vary so greatly.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Struth Brown 2/4/13 12:46 PM
had the same problem with one computer only.....uninstalled it and cleared folder, then reinstalled with start up options etc and is is working now....also have changed firewall settings to make sure it was allowed to sync.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Struth Brown 2/4/13 12:55 PM
also 1 file did not sync first time but in main directory I marked it as un read and it synced next time..
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Andrew Mitchell 2/23/13 1:00 PM
I agree - am also regretting the move from DropBox! I have left Google to Sync files on its own and they are being left for months. The only way is to delete folders from Google Drive and re-upload them.

I have a business to run and my time just isn't worth this. Google - this product is way beneath the most basic level of quality. Either bring it up ASAP or terminate it.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Struth Brown 2/23/13 1:07 PM
I still have dropox, and will keep it as it is one of the most useful things around and can be synced and automated easily ....Wappwolf will automate it into  other cloud storage systems...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Marc Maged 2/23/13 2:13 PM
I'm having a similar problem. How can we contact Google. I really need help with this. Here's my orignal post.

http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!searchin/drive/sync/drive/M-1fOR1W4u4/es0h-BL1MXgJ

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Ian Hansen 2/24/13 5:54 AM
yep lost a whole bunch of files
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Steyn van Wyk 3/2/13 6:57 AM
Hi there, just installed Google sync, busy testing, the app does not sync to a 6th level of the folder structure. I looked for settings but could not find anything. Seems like technology not working well.
I will re-consider Google as a solution. Bummer!!!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Ritu Agarawal Gupta 3/3/13 11:22 PM
I am having a similar issue. I have installed google drive against one of my accounts and have shared the files created in google drive mith my colleague.

While I can see the document updated by him on my online version my offline version shows me the old document only. I expected an automatic update to happen and that did not happen and i do not know to get the file on my computer to be updated.

Kindly help.

Ritu

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Celil ÇİYNEKLİ 3/5/13 1:04 AM
Hi all. I had same issue, but I have solved it. Please follow below way:
1) find an file that stay in web but not in computer
2) create same type file with same name in computer in desktop (it can be empty)
3) copy this file to the folder in computer
At this phase if computer say that "you have another file with same name", that means your original file (which is only visible in web not in computer) is a hidden file. How it can be get hidden I don't know ?!?

Solution: run "cmd" from start menu. go in "Google Drive" folder. run "attrib -H /D /S" command. Than exit from cmd screen.

But I can't still understand that How it can be get hidden ?!? It's a risk for google drive users.

Celil

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders swebster 3/6/13 7:34 AM
Several times I've seen that Google Drive doesn't sync all files.  Here's a concrete, recent example (Windows 7):
    •        A teacher created about 30 PDFs in a folder in his Google Drive folder on his C: drive
    •        About 15 of them synced (we could see copies in the web folder); about 15 didn’t
        o        Google drive said “Sync complete”
    •        We tried several things to force the sync:
        o        Paused and resumed Google Drive
        o        Shut down and restarted Google Drive
        o        Restarted his computer
    •        None of those worked—Google Drive said “Sync complete,” but 15 or so files weren’t synced
    •        Next we created a new folder inside the Google Drive folder on the C: drive and moved the 15 +/- documents into it
        o        This time, the files synced

A couple of thoughts:
    •        Obviously, not being able to count on Google Drive syncing everything makes Google Drive of questionable value as a backup tool
    •        Worse yet is the fact that it says everything is synced when it’s not
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders LuisAngelRC 3/7/13 8:21 AM
I'm having the same problems with files and folders not sync-ed to windows.

There's one thing that I've done that has solved the problem by now (with the existing folders, at least. We'll see if it solves this for future folders)

What I've done is select all folders (checking the checkbox in the list header) and setting "More/Mark as viewed". This marks all folders and subfolders as seen and, by some magical-combination, makes those folders sync-able!

I don't know if this will solve future problems, but it worths a try!

hope this helps!

(By the way. It would be useful to hear something from google saying that they are working on solving this bug 8·D)
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Hubert Walcott 3/8/13 1:17 PM
I have just started with Google Drive and testing 1 EXCEL file. It syncs fine on my phone but will not sync to my PC. What am I not doing? I've tried deleting the original file from my PC and replacing it with the download version from My Drive. Still no success.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Marcelo Castro 3/9/13 7:03 PM
I started with Google Drive today. It created a directory under My Documents and downloaded all files and folders from my Google Drive on the web.

Now, when I created a non-empty 1-line Word Document in one of my local folders inside Google Drive directory, it have not appeared in my Google Drive on the web.

Is there anything that should be configured anywhere? Or is it just a bug to be solved?

Thanks.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Sootkeng Ma 3/11/13 2:33 AM
Clear bug in the program. Solution is intuitive but shouldn't happen for a google product!

Kill the googlesync32 process manually and restart the google drive program from start menu. It will rescan and sync everything


Google team please resolve this bug ASAP. Thanks!

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Mike McDowellCCSD 3/12/13 10:42 AM
I'm having the same issue with 60 PCs. I teach at a high school and all our students are saving to google drive. They use different computers at different times. The PC app doesn't always send all files online (and sometimes it sends duplicates?). The OSX app works without issue...

Google! Ideas??

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Ian Hodge 4/9/13 3:35 PM
I have just transferred our corporate files away from Dropbox, only to find Google Drive is having the same problem. We are now changing the file name after each use, which is not efficient for us and still confusing. We have only six users and having this trouble. The best solution for us it to only use the Google drive on the web.


Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Benbo123 4/15/13 9:35 AM
doesn't work.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Pedro Quiros 4/15/13 5:59 PM
When do you expect to resolve this issue. We face this problem on a daily basis and are evaluating using other services.  Using other services is not our first alternative since we use other google services, but will like to know when it will be addressed
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Mpegforever 4/18/13 12:32 AM
Come on Google ! You are great and can't lose credibility for these bugs !!!
Same problem everywhere. At least give us an ETA !
Thanks.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Mpegforever 4/18/13 12:34 AM
Same problem.
Is there an ETA for the fix please ?
Tnx
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders MrAnalogy 4/18/13 5:43 AM
Ummm.... I don't see how I can "reproduce the symptom". This isn't a case of : I do X and Y happens.  GDrive simply is not syncing.

It's not reporting any errors, it's not reporting any problems. The files I copied locally are simply not all getting sync'd to the server. And I'm only using 50% of my available storage.

I'll go ahead and post a log as you suggested, but this sure seems like you're just trying to stall us and keep us busy while google doesn't do anything about this.

I.e., if we spot a problem, the solution isn't to keep us busy and distracted with  (apparently in this case)  meaningless debugging.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders MrAnalogy 4/18/13 5:45 AM
My problem is that I just copied 100 small files (.wav and .jpg) to my local drive and only about 10 of the 20 .wav files are showing up on the server (and none of the other files). GDrive app shows everything is synced. Waited 10 minutes, no change.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders MrAnalogy 4/18/13 5:50 AM
I just created a file on my local gdrive and it got uploaded immediately.
Repeasted test by copying another file to the gdrive. Also uploaded immediately.

To redescribe my problem:

I copied a FOLDER to my local gdrive on my Windows 7 (32 bit) PC.
The folder was synced to the gdrive but NOT ALL THE FILES.  (of 60 .wav files, only about 10 were synced)

In this case I just happened to be check the files. I not pretty concerned about what other files are potentially missing that I don't know about.

I was just considering yesterday switching to G Apps for our email, etc. But this level of bugginess in a product not even marked "beta" is... well... terrifying for an IT professional like myself.


Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders J Renea 5/3/13 10:06 AM
Hopefully this will help some of you...

I was experiencing this same issue for a folder that I created on my phones "Drive app". I couldn't access it from my desktop. What I did was access my google drive's (desktop app) "preferences" (for me it was a right click on the toolbar icon and then a click on preferences) and made sure that the box next to "only sync some folders" was not clicked. That made all of my folders available for desktop access as well.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Tonty91 5/16/13 7:11 AM
We spent about 5 hours waiting for it to sync a few PDF's. Saw this, tried it - worked perfectly. You're a star....

In fact, you should probably take over the Drive project, I'm sure it'd be 100% improved from Google's shambles! :P

Sort it Google, we're all paying good money for this & it's effecting business!

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders charles j 5/16/13 7:32 PM
Really.  The Google Drive pretends to sync files from my computer.  Then, only some are actually there.  Where the hell are the rest.  What have I lost because I didn't count the files that were actually uploaded to the drive, after the progress bar told me they were uploaded, before I deleted them from my pc.  In fact this is absolute bs.  
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders preetchawla 5/20/13 10:16 PM
Sootekeng Ma's solution works flawlessly...thanks...it solved my problem. Hope google team will solve the problem soon!!!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Paul Hahn 5/21/13 1:29 PM
I don't even see that process running.  It should show in task manager, correct?
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Benbo123 5/21/13 8:26 PM
Correct. If the program is open and running on the taskbar, that process (googledrivesync.exe) should be there.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Paul Hahn 5/22/13 5:36 AM
I just reinstalled it because I couldn't get it to load properly.  Thanks.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Miriam E Lewis 5/31/13 1:31 AM
Finally got it syncing again. Had to close the Drive on my computer move the entire of my Google Drive contents out then reopen Drive, sync it to empty and drag them back in. Its now syncing it all up, not perfect and its gonna take awhile but at least it works.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders rott jung 6/3/13 6:08 AM
still not fixed :-( moving back to dropbox...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Norm Sands 6/4/13 5:43 PM
I just started using Google Drive last week for a VERY important project - hey, it's Google, I trust them.  WHAT A MISTAKE!  I sat down at my home PC this evening, only to find the hard work I'd done on one of the files at work WAS NOT SYNCHED!  What a disappointment.  Wish I'd read about this trouble BEFORE getting caught in this mess.  Now I'll have triple the work tomorrow.  This was SUPPOSED to save me time.  Not happy, Google!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Matt Stig 6/5/13 1:13 AM
I have been having so many problems with this, that I'm not even sure it's worth it to continue trying to use the service.

When I installed the google drive program to my windows 7 machine, all sort of problems. Google drive would sync all the folders just fine, but show "sync complete" even though only 300 megs of 4 gigs were copied. I tried a number of different trouble-shooting options that I found on the web, but none were successful. So I figured I would try something different.

I turned off the google drive program (and made sure the process was off) and tried to sync manually (drag everything in the google drive folder onto web google drive in chrome). At first, no problem. It uploaded 80% of the items. But   when it tried to upload the last folder, there's several folders inside one folder where, the folder structure is all there (including sub-folders), but none of the files are. Showed that 1081 of 3239 were uploaded, but then it just stopped. I thought maybe there had been a connection issue, so I hit cancel and tried to drag that folder onto google drive in chrome again. Well, instead of recognizing that I was trying to resync a folder, it created a new one with the same name and a (1) at the end like it was a copy.

So I deleted the incomplete folder (as well as the copy I had just created), and started again, leaving it to upload overnight. Today when I checked on it, it's stuck at the exact same place: 1801 of 3239 complete. The user I am logged into has full control for all the applicable files and folders.

When I upload the files in one of the folders that didn't upload before separately... no problem. If there's a problem uploading one of the files for some reason, it should determine "hey, there's a problem uploading this file, I'll make a note of it to the user", skip the problematic file and continue on.

I understand that this is a nominally "free" service, but why would anyone sign up for the pay service if you can't get the free one to work right? Between the trouble-shooting, restarts and other nonsense trying to get this to work, I've already spent a good 5 hours messing around with this. What's the issue?

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Matt Stig 6/5/13 1:18 AM
Oh, one more thing. I just built this PC last week and it's running Windows 7. There is very little installed on it. The way google drive handles files caused some issues with crashplan that necessitated some messing around with security permissions, but I got it all working.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders EshwarD 6/7/13 8:06 AM
Simply exit the Google drive from system tray and restart - all files would synchronize seamlessly to Google Drive on the web. This works like Magic
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Matt Stig 6/7/13 6:23 PM
That was the FIRST thing I tried. At this point, I'm on like, the tenth.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DanProud 6/8/13 1:40 PM
Right click the Google Drive app in your task bar, go to 'Preferences'.  

UNcheck the box next to "Only sync some folders to this computer".

The fix was that simple for me.  All folders are now synced.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Matt Stig 6/12/13 1:37 AM
And despite repeated attempts, it did not work for me.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Tony Breyal 6/13/13 2:37 AM
I'm also experiencing this exact same problem - any official update from Google?
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Remi Letourneau 6/13/13 7:19 AM
I have sync problem too...
GDrive doesn't sync anything since 2 days... I try to reboot it, reboot my computer. I resync my account in completly other folder.
But now, when I put new files or folder, or when save any files, the sync disappear... No red, green or blue icons, all disappear and the sync dead...

Please help me, all my businness in on GDrive and now we have really big problem... !

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Guy O 6/17/13 6:41 AM
Some folders and their subfolders on the local drive are empty of files (except for desktop.ini). This is true for all users accessing the same (shred across the domain) files.

If we go to the web drive and use Drive viewer to view a file, then it sync to the PC. Obviously we cant do this for hundreds of files.

I can send a debug file - but I cant find out how to contact google support - is there a real support email address? It's very hard to find.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders daemonrebel 6/18/13 8:36 PM
i have a similar problem.
I'm not sure what to do.
I have google drive on my laptop, as I need to edit files and sync them to the web when I'm away from home.

When I try to backup the same files on my desktop to the google drive folder, it creates copies with numbers in the names of the folders I'm trying to sync.

Can't google drive tell that the folders are the same on both computers, and doesn't need to download them again?

Confused? Let me try to simplify.

I synced files on my laptop with google drive. Then i went home, installed google drive, then backedup files on my desktop to google drive folder.

i made changes to the files on laptop, so I suspect that google drive thinks that the folders on the desktop are different versions, so it makes copies with (2) and (3) in the names, instead of just syncing the changes between the computers.

Does any of this make sense?

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Artem Russakovskii 6/19/13 3:16 PM
Drive really doesn't work on Windows and doesn't detect changes in a reasonable time. This is ridiculous. https://plus.google.com/107797272029781254158/posts/QQG6HRqtWvj
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Guy O 6/20/13 9:38 AM
Did you ever resolve this? Our organization is experiencing the same issue globally and for the last week, and we're still waiting for google support to work out what the cause of the issue is.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders daemonrebel 6/20/13 10:46 AM
No sir, this is my first attempt to find a solution. I wasn't sure if this was a common occurrence or not, yet. I thought it best to ask on forums first, before contacting support.  
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Remi Letourneau 6/21/13 5:39 AM
I never find any solution too...
I try to contacting Google support, but they never give me any response...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Massimo Coletti 6/21/13 9:57 AM
I had something similar on WinXP. I have created a new folder on the local GDrive folder, then moved some files under this new directory. Nothing was synched to the web.
I had to create the folder on the web, then upload all the files, and everything was synched down.
Disappointing.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders zumiez 7/8/13 12:36 AM
July 8, 2013. This issue is not resolved and Google couldn't be happier to have it not resolved. I'm sure the drive team is small and would claim to be under paid, but they are being partly paid by ME (and many of you), and I would like them to address long-term problems and missing features.

There is no help section or advice or anyone to contact. Google Drive does not even tell me there is a problem. I don't even know WHAT files are not synced.

My desktop Windows8 Explorer reports as follows;
Size 30.9 GB.
Size on Disk 31.0 GB.
Contains 39,844 Files.
Contains 2,102 Folders.
Attributes: Read-Only.
I'll go over to the laptop in a sec to compare what it reports.
about an hour ago · Like

My laptop Windows8 as follows;
Size 30.8 GB.
Size on Disk 30.9 GB.
Contains 39,504 Files.
Contains 2,102 Folders.

I suspect part of the problem, is Windows7 and Windows8 report folder size and amount of files horribly incorrectly. GoogleDrive may be the CAUSE of this, I don't have any way to know. They aren't saying ANYTHING at ALL.

This is like reliving the horrible GoogleChrome bookmark disaster which made hundreds of copies of bookmarks for YEARS and Google seems to have finally got it mostly fixed. I digress...

GoogleDrive doesn't tell me there is any issue.
GoogleDrive doesn't have a way to scan for any issues.

On top of all that, a tiny thumbnail was on my desktop a in 2012 and GoogleDrive said it couldn't be synced. It's been deleted for a long time, and GoogleDrive STILL says 1 file can't be synced. Not that I care about that BUG, it's just that there is no way to tell GoogleDrive to go impale itself on a sharp object.

Also interesting Linux still has no GoogleDrive app.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Axel VIII 7/8/13 10:47 PM
I am also experiencing this issue, drive claims to have synced 1066 files in one folder, but only displays 500. I was contemplating buying more space, but if this system is unreliable, it makes no sense for me to spend any money on it...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Axel VIII 7/8/13 10:59 PM
Ah, it seems the files are available if I click "open in drive."
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Glen Parker 7/10/13 8:59 PM
Hi

I've been ripping my hair out the last 3 days trying to work out why my google docs aren't syncing.

Turns out it's because I had changed my password in Gmail.

If this is the case for anyone else, you will need to log into Google chrome again. follow this link for directions: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/185277?hl=en

Hope this tip saves someone else some time.
Cheers
GP  

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders csutula 7/20/13 12:24 PM
I had this problem and fixed it by right-clicking on the google drive icon in your desktop tray, click Preferences and you will see some folders are selected to sync  on this computer and some aren't. Make sure all your folders are checked to sync.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders daemonrebel 7/20/13 4:43 PM
I tried that and it didn't work. I'm running windows 7. all it did, was create copies of files I already had, because files on drive did not sync with their parent files on my computer.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders covolume 7/23/13 12:49 AM
No googlesync32 process on my PC on XP. And even if I kill the googledrivesync process and relaunch it through start menu, it still won't sync..
Any help anyone ?
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Stephen M Jones 7/25/13 10:17 AM
I was having the same problem and figured it out. I unwittingly had 2 different drive accounts. One is my email @ my domain, the other is just my domain. So google.com come and click drive. Check the top right of the page that shows who you are logged in as. There may be another account that your local drive is actually connected to.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders fmi.two 7/25/13 3:54 PM
I'm having the same problem.  I run both Google Drive & Dropbox simultanously [syncing different groups of files].  I purchased Google drive because it's pricing was better for the size I needed, but now I'm regretting it.  I'm on the verge of cancelling GDrive and just paying more for Dropbox, because Dropbox never has these syncing issues...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders fmi.two 7/25/13 4:09 PM
I figured out the problem.  It's quite simple, for whatever reason, whenever a file fails to sync in a folder, ALL FUTURE ADDITIONS / CHANGES made to any files in that folder will fail to sync, until the error is cleared (which often requires deleting the file).  

Pretty badly designed system, obviously.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders PAUL CASEY 7/26/13 8:50 AM
Hi,
As a result of incurring a similar problem & issue i searched for a possible third party - G DRIVE, backup solution!
Which i may add - has been working great!
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Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Md. Anwarus Salam Khan 7/29/13 8:41 AM
Same problem here and i think best to move to dropbox or skydrive :(
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Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders daemonrebel 7/29/13 4:06 PM
we must have got the attention of someone, because the sync works now, and it never worked for me before. try on windows 7 now, if you have it. let us know if it works. :-)
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders daemonrebel 7/29/13 8:10 PM
I guess syncing to more then one pc would be asking too much. guess we should be glad the sync to one pc kind of works once you get all the files to sync in the same folder.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders dfreem01 7/31/13 9:50 AM
I've tried the start/stop and kill GDrive solutions with no success.  If I

go into the Windows Drive app, Preferences, Disconnect Account,
copy all my files out of my current Google Drive folder on my PC to somewhere else,
delete all the files from their original location,
reconnect the account, and then
manually validate/move the files around,

that seems to work.  And is heavily time consuming. Why would I move my business to this?  I like the concept but it doesn't seem to be proven out yet...for any of the sync products I use (none of the others are running right now).  

Ironically, the sync app just errored, unable to sync.  This is a free service so take it for what it's worth.  I'm looking forward to greater reliability.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Aaron Miller471 7/31/13 5:18 PM
In case there are any other retards out there who just needed to find a simple answer - You need to make a homegroup to connect multiple home computers (for me was just trying to sync a laptop and a desktop).  You get a password on computer 1, you enter it on computer 2, and they will sync with each other.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders daemonrebel 7/31/13 5:50 PM
fyi, we're not retards, we're geeks.

so your answer is to sync multiple computers, you have to be on the same network. a lot of people are not network experts, so we had no idea about the setup you're mentioning, it's news to everyone. It wasn't included in original instructions and the average user of this service is not aware of it.

It's assumed you can load the program and automatically sync and the same setup should work on another computer without having to be logged on the same time. I think if that was intended, it would be in original instructions.

we're paying for a service, we demand it be quality and easy to setup.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders dfreem01 8/1/13 7:37 AM
Well, I lied.  It work-ished.  I actually lost some stuff but picked up other stuff.  I'm just trying to sync with Google, not anything else.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders phil5555 8/1/13 7:49 AM
Can't email Google to find out why sync does not work on GDrive.
Do any of their experts ever read these posts and provide answers?
I loaded GDrive mid July, and the latest sync is 18th July.
I close down computer, start up, check preference boxes, uncheck preference boxes, do everything 20 times and it just does not sync with my documents on my PC.
The latest sync dates in MyDrive are for 18th July and I have been trying everything I can every day to get this to work.
The icon says it scans the web, blah blah blah but nothing ever updates.
I have dwg files that change, new word docx's etc that change on my PC but these never get sync'd with MyDrive.
If this isn't resolved it may as well not have been invented!!
Any ideas Google???
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders valley mill 8/6/13 9:05 AM
I've been using Google drive for some time now to sync my office, shop and home computers with poor results as i would never have the up to date version of a file on the 2 computers i had not saved the file on. i was about to change back to drop box which i hated using when i found out a little trick to getting the most up to date version of a file. instead of opening the file on your computer i would go to google drive online and download that version of the file which seams to update instantly and save it to the computer.

Therefore i do not trust the local version of a file, although you obviously have to be online to use this method and can be a pain.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders daemonrebel 8/8/13 5:10 PM
recently I've found a new problem, in addition to not auto-sync-ing properly between computers. the one sync that works, randomly creates duplicates of files and folders with stuff like (1) and (2) in the names.

Every duplicate file/folder finder program I've found that are free from download.com can't tell the difference with that kind of naming scheme.

The only solution appears to be the most time efficient, do folder search using explorer in windows and manually deleting them by hand.

so Google isn't fixing the problems associated with this paid service we're paying for, and the problems seems to be getting worse.

I know duplicate files/folders isn't a big problem, but when you're sharing files with people, it can be quite confusing.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders richard hagen 8/9/13 5:00 AM
I also have the same problem, I use a torrent folder, and when I put torrent files in there, it synces to my server, wich downloads the torrent and delete the file. On the server this always works, but on my laptop(I have only sync selected folders enabled) the torrent files are shown up as synced, but they are not on drive.google.com or on the remote machine.

Restarting Google Drive solves the problem, but it sucks, because I dont really trust it to sync my documents and projects folders automatically, wich is more important.

Hope this will be solved, as it as been a bug for over half a year!

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders statcom 8/9/13 9:46 AM
I had the same issue in Windows 7. But I got premature 'sync complete' problem resolved by deleting desktop.ini file in the root folder and restarting g drive again. But after syncing 1 of 110333 files for a couple of minutes, it said 'Unable to sync' and I couldn't even resume the sync. I didn't have this kind of problem with Dropbox at all. Too bad I can't use Dropbox any more and there seems to be no alternative with Skydrive and g drive being crap.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders SloYvY 8/15/13 2:07 AM
I almost have the same problem.

more than 700mb on my computer : only 600mb on gDrive.

My computer : Windows 7 64bit.
Pb 1 :I share a folder with a friend. We've seen folder that doesn't synchronize. And even loose files.

Pb 2 : More of all, the Desktop.ini !! :-(
We use somes of these shared folder to share a complete Eclipse Development project. But, Because of these Desktop.ini files we can't compile Eclipse Android app (In our case). We need to : pause gDrive + delete desktop.ini in this subfolder. Then it's ok to compile.

That all why we are going to swith to drobpox.
I'm really not happy, because gDrive is nice with GoogleDocs... but only with google docs.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 8/21/13 11:00 AM
I have been having problems with gdrive for weeks. It worked fine for about 6 months and then all of a sudden wonked out and stopped sycning everything. I did manage to get into a chat with a Google person but her advice was to make sure my firewall was set correctly. If it was a firewall problem why would some files sync and not others? Yesterday it began making duplicate folders. I deleted them and it deleted the original folders. Yes, I could take out everything and start over (hoping that would work) but there are 85gigs of files and it will take forever to reupload as it is so slow even though I have a 75/35FIOS connection.

I am going to pay Dropbox extra for the same space because I have never had a problem with it whereas gdrive is infuriating.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders andubandu 8/26/13 12:54 AM
I have the same issue. my gdrive has not been syncing properly for weeks and I am worried as we are using not the updated files sometimes and make mistakes! How can I fix that? I can't find diagnostic mode either on PC... Help!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders HarrietO 8/29/13 5:30 AM
I didn't know how to "kill the googlesync32 process manually". So I just went into "All Programs" in my Windows 7 Start Menu. As soon as I clicked on it it said I was not signed in. I signed in and now it is syncing.

There should be some kind of notification to tell you that you are not signed in. I was signed in to everything else Google on my computer so I didn't even think about having to check to see if I was still signed in specifically to Drive on my pc.

Curious to see if I get "signed out" again.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders darthtater 8/29/13 10:27 AM
I have also missing files. I realised when I couldn't find some important files I thought were in gdrive. I was thinking the problem was because I sync my dropbox folded inside gdrive, but now reading this forum I'm not so sure. In fact, thanks to dropbox I found the discrepancy
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Dennis Hall 8/31/13 12:13 AM
I have a paid Google Apps account and I am also frequently getting the "Unable to sync" error.  I have over 46,000 files in 4,900 folders on my server that I need to sync to Google Drive.  Total close to 30GB (I have paid for 100GB capacity)

I entered diagnostic mode and here is the Report ID 4927ED908059C6DC

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders januka adhikari 9/3/13 1:04 AM
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Deon Blaauw 9/9/13 9:40 PM
Had the same problem yesterday. A 5MB power point presentation would not sync. I had to re-start google drive windows app (Win 7) today for it to sync. Lost   many hours of work and considering (sadly) to investigate an alternative to google drive.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders jason.parker.86 9/10/13 12:49 PM
ive noticed the same as all of you... to fix mine i loaded google drive on the web and click recent. it seems to trigger something which resyncs everything
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Sierra Zadora 9/12/13 2:16 AM
exactly how did you change your firewall settings?
thanks!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Nadav Avineri 9/13/13 12:34 AM
add stars or mark as viewed all files and folder, it will start to sync them...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Seyedeh Sona Hosseini 9/16/13 6:43 PM
I had teh same problem, but it turns out I am using two different accounts and one of my accounts could only "view" and not edit! that's why when I put the files on the drive at the desktop of one computer it was not uploading. Check the shared option on the drive
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Nadav Avineri 9/17/13 5:52 AM
that is not the issue, happens also on owners files
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Edinando Brustolin 9/19/13 10:54 AM
Olá,

Também estou com esse problema. Será que terei que voltar a usar o bom e velho Dropbox?
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 9/19/13 8:18 PM
Finalmente me di por vencido y volvió a Dropbox y no tienen problemas con él en absoluto. Tenga en cuenta, es necesario eliminar todo desde el disco duro y de la nube! Además, me llevó tres días, horas y horas y horas para borrar todos mis archivos de la nube. Sólo pude hacer un máximo de 400 a la vez antes de que hubiera un "problema en el servidor. Google es consciente de que cualquier deleción más de 30 conciertos es un problema. Yo diría que cualquier cancelación de más de 500 mbps es un problema.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders boyce.christopher 9/21/13 10:54 AM
thank you!!!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders sijambo 10/2/13 3:46 PM
I'm also having the same problem. Deeply frustrating. Google seem intent on introducing completely unwanted upgrades to products that don't need upgrading while ignoring serious bugs, like this. I pay for additional storage and have found drive very useful until recently when it stopped syncing all files properly and, therefore, became useless to me. I guess Google are so big they simply don't need to bother with details like making products work properly. Very unimpressed.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders darthtater 10/4/13 10:03 AM
I really don't understand why Google can't have this right. In addition with me having this problem with Google Drive, Google+ doesn't upload all my pictures. Again, dropbox does upload my pictures (and the rest of my files) without me noticing it, just like google apps should work. That's 2 google apps not working synchronizing files and being beaten by one simple app.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 10/4/13 10:22 AM
There are now 5 pages of people reporting the same sync problem. No reaching out from Google. One has to think that perhaps they simply do not know why this is happening and do not know how to correct it.

What disturbs me, as a stockholder, is the implications in a business environment. Who would want to trust their records to a system this faulty?

I do not keep any personal records in the cloud but do have - now - 100 gigs on Dropbox which works flawlessly. I have written to the people I originally recommended gdrive to and withdrawn my recommendation.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 10/5/13 4:03 AM
Darthtater and patt, can we clarify that we are talking of files and folders placed within the Google Drive folder on the desktop?
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 10/5/13 5:12 AM
Yes. Files and folders. My system is partitioned and gdrive was installed in program files but the files folders and folders were in the content partition.

As I said, it worked for many months and then suddenly it did not.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Green Basements 11/12/13 10:30 AM
I don't see this post from Sootekeng Ma.  Can you repost it or tell me what it was???  Thanks!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders ENQ 11/12/13 1:17 PM
ENG.I've figured it out exactly as fmi.two does.
In other circunstances i exit google drive with a right click over the task icon.
This time doesn't work so afther reading this post from fmi.two i recall a word document crashed while editing it. Then i exit the google drive. Afterwards I delete the temporary files of that folder as well as the desktop.ini files from both my computer folder and the google drive folder (with a internet browser).
The i open the google drive application again and the syncing now continues without problems.
Thank's God, because the last solution is to disconnect the account and connect it again, which involves syncing again all the files (something really annoying if you have several GB in gdrive).
Hope it works for you folks.
Thanks fmi.two for sharing

ESP.Para mí se resolvió igual a como fmi.two indica.
En otras ocasiones con salir de google drive con botón derecho encima de su icono me ha solventado el problema, pero en esta ocasión no lo conseguí.
Finalmente recordé que se quedó bloqueado Microsoft Word editando un documento, así que salí de google drive. Acto seguido repasé las últimas carpetas en las que había trabajado eliminado archivos temporales y los archivos desktop.ini de dichas carpetas. Finalmente volví a abrir google drive y ya funciona.
Menos mal, por que la última solución es muy pesada: desconectar la cuenta y volverla a conectar, pero eso implica resincronizar todos los archivos, y si tienes varios gigas y mala conexión a internet es algo eterno.
Espero que a alguien le sirva...
Gracias fmi.two por compartir
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Trejder 11/14/13 12:03 PM
In my case (Win 7 x64) Google Drive for PC was was NOT syncing, when these two factors occurred:

1. A default setting of "Automatically detect proxy settings" was checked.

2. Local Google Drive folder was set in root of a disk (i.e. "D:\").

Switching "Automatically detect proxy settings" to "Direct connection" and moving local Google Drive folder to "C:\Google Drive" solved problem and files started to sync immediately.

BTW: Disconnecting your account and re-connecting it again is currently the only option to change location of your local Google Drive folder.

However, second problem is not an option for me. I want all my sync files to be stored locally on separate drive, to not mess them up with other files and folders on a system drive (I don't like the idea of separate "Google Drive" folder at all). So, I've sent Google Drive hell and went back to Dropbox.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 11/14/13 12:22 PM
Trejder, did you also try changing one factor at a time?
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Trejder 11/14/13 12:36 PM
Yes. Changing connection type to direct does not solve the problem, as long as you have local Google Drive folder set as root of some drive. It must be moved to at least one-level subfolder.

Didn't check opposite factor way, that is, if only changing to direct connection type (from default auto-proxy one) does solve the problem, if you already have Google Drive local folder in some subfolder on any drive.

BTW: I've just checked that Dropbox also doesn't allow selecting root drive as local drive, so that isn't any argument for going back from Google Drive to Dropbox. However many, many bad opinions about it as good as fairly bad support from Google does counts. So, for me, as for right now, it is still Dropbox, though its paid plans are twice as expensive as Google Drive ones.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 11/14/13 1:05 PM
OK... Dropbox and GDrive are also quite different products, though they have some similarities in functionality.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 11/14/13 1:07 PM
People here have suggested several workarounds, none of which Google recommended when my problem started. But here's the thing. Why would I want to go to all this friggin trouble to get it to work when there are alternatives that JUST WORK?

Then there are all the people out there that do not know Google forums even exists or have even the slightest clue about how to troubleshoot. They are up the creek as far as gdrive problems. Google will never even know those people are having problems because those people will never post to a forum. They will just give up on cloud backup or find an alternative service.

I love Google and am a long term stockholder but they are not helpful. There are so many people posting about this same sync issue and where is the outreach from Google? Nowhere.

Even if they fix whatever is wrong I will stick with Dropbox because it works.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 11/14/13 1:10 PM
All I needed was cloud backup for graphics files. Dropbox fills the bill and allows me to share stuff when I need to.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Trejder 11/14/13 1:14 PM
Patty, maybe this is because "Dropbox" is everything for Dropbox Inc., while Google Drive is just a tiny little, another service, one out of hundreds, for Google?

You know, it is like with monitors. HP, Philips, LG and others are making all the electronic stuff you can imagine, and iiyama does only monitors. Which will be better in terms of quality and service? I did buy a Philips monitor once and it was nightmare (both performance, quality and service). Then I got one from iiyama and I'm still amazed.

Yes, I totally agree with you. Why waste time for making Google Drive working, when you have Dropbox, that just works, out-of-the-box.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 11/14/13 1:59 PM
I disagree a weeny bit in that Google knows full well the importance of the cloud and that having a healthy presence in that area is vital. Bezos said the other day that he would not be surprised if, in a few years, Amazon's cloud services earn far more money than their selling stuff business. That is a rather startling statement. Also, IBM just announced some big deal with Watson being more available to more people for doing projects in the cloud.

So Google knows they need that business to more than something on the side. They may be looking more to corporate clients and maybe their tech support is not lame in that area. Clearly, they aren't much concerned about the business from us plebes, though.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 11/14/13 3:09 PM
Patty, if all you want is cloud backup, why do you not go to a professional, dedicated backup service - no two-way sync, no sharing, to name but two?  Dropbox does not comply.

Trejder, "little service"?  I wonder.  Recently I saw a claim of 120 million active users of Google Drive.
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Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 11/14/13 3:38 PM
I like the sharing. It comes in handy. What do you suggest as far as a professional backup service? What would that offer over and above Dropbox?

I also backup on the several externals.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 11/15/13 1:30 AM
Patty, you have to decide whether you need real backup or sharing, or both.  If both I would recommend two independent services, just like a racing driver might drive a VW Golf to the shops and a Ferrari round a race track.

You say you back up to external HDDs.  What software do you use?  "Several" is really unnecessary.  For single computer or SME use the optimum is main backup to a remote server and a secondary to a local HDD.  The main purpose of the local backup is fast file restore in case of catastrophic computer failure (but not fire or theft, obviously).  It is faster than having the provider courier you a drive with your backup, but it is what would need to be done in case of complete computer loss (fire, theft).

An example of good backup for a single computer is MozyPro, one that is generally available.  One service I use is a locally-branded version thereof.  It does not reliably back up external HDDs and officially it does not do it al all.  It probably does not do mail servers either but that does not matter to me.  There could be small providers with their own servers, like another good with which I am familiar whose servers are in another city in teh UK (where I live).

There are more aspects to good backup and you will have to look into it yourself.  If it is based on Iron Mountain or Ahsay software.  Apparently there is another app that is reportedly good, but I cannot recall the name.

Proper backup is not copying files.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 11/15/13 7:27 AM
Why is proper backup not copying files? I don't have any business related material, just graphics related. Out of 100% I would say 15% is vitally important and the rest would be a pain to lose but not a catastrophe.

I will look into the services you mention if they are offered here in the US.

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Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 11/15/13 7:40 AM
1)  File copying is not proper backup because it does not sync changes.  Files deleted locally will not get a 'delete' signal in the 'backup'. among other things.  Why should this have anythingto do with "business"?  It is just data backup.

2)  Almost anything available on the internet is available everywhere, incl the US.  Mozy is a US company.  Another big name is Carbonite, but I have seen substantial complaints about their file restoration.  They might have been fixed by now, but am not interested.

You may find some smaller backup providers.  Iron Mountain software is American, AFAIK.  Ahsay originates in Hong Kong and is used by high-end providers.
At home we have been experimenting with free software (to external drives only).  The two we have tried have their pluses and minuses (Easus and Cobian). The only way to get no drawbacks is to pay.   Drawbacks might be no proper implementation of delta-blocking (incremental backup) or conversion to proprietary files formats unreadable without the app.

Good apps will encrypt and compress on uploading to the web, yet give you the option of doing neither to the local HDD.

Privately I sent you a link for more info.  Any further advice is not free... :-)

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Justin Sloan 11/26/13 7:33 AM
Nope, not working for me as of 11-26-2013. Same user accounts and all that. Guess I'm going back to Dropbox fro working on files, and will just use Google drive as a backup to save things or something (if at all). Too bad!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Lauren Smith1 12/19/13 6:11 AM
"retards" I use this for school asshole it's not that simple.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 12/20/13 11:33 AM
Lauren, I hope you are not a teacher and use such language on your students/children...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Peter Elmhirst 12/23/13 6:55 PM
If you go down the the menu bar bottom left for pc, top right for mac, right click on the google drive icon and quit google drive, then go to programs/applications and open google drive again it normally looks for unsynced files and will sync missing files then.

An auto-refresh of folders seems like something which would have a relatively simple solution to it but would take a huge amount of additional bandwidth for Google so they may be aware of it and not in a rush to fix it :(

Hope it helps.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Dwaine 12/24/13 3:11 AM
Currently investigating...? But it's over a year later and the issue is still prevalent.

I use google drive on several computers by locating "My Documents" to a folder in gdrive.  I've used it for quite a while, but recently made major changes to clean up my docs folder.  I Deleted and moved several files built up in the root of my docs on one computer.  later, I noticed on my other computer that the majority of the work I had done was not honored (read lost time, productivity, faith).  When I returned to the original computer where the work was done, I notice the gdrive icon was spinning (lost connection?)  The only thing I could do (and as suggested by google) was to close and re-launch google drive.  As soon as I did, the files I had moved or deleted re-appeared.

I am very curious what google is doing about this.  I (obviously) consider the contents of my documents folder as important as any other digital asset and am disappointed (and shocked) that such a serious bug can be allowed to continue unchecked for so long.  I am now concerned about the LOSS of important data and am having to go to great lengths restoring backups and tedious comparison looking for such possible events.  (again, read lost time, productivity, faith)  If google expects users to trust their products, such errors must be considered catastrophic and of the utmost priority for a development team.

Being a database developer by trade, I find it hard to believe that client side journaling, time stamps and solid transactional methodologies could not be implemented in a way that guarantees such errors never happen.  Is reliable file / folder syncing really that difficult?

Why would the google drive development team spend a single iota of time or energy on any new feature development before such an incredibly fundamental bug was eradicated?

I am extremely concerned not only about the irrefutable issue I personally witnessed, the length of time it has apparently persisted and the horrible loss of trust it has caused, but perhaps more so about the lack of any meaningful  participation in this thread by google representatives.  I'm sorry to say, it reeks of elitism and perhaps even a lack of understanding of what's important.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 12/24/13 5:58 AM
Well said, Dwaine, well said, indeed. I continue to follow this thread out of curiosity but will never use gdrive again. There are just too many other products that work 'out of the box', so to speak, for me to wrestle with this flawed product again. I sure as hell hope the self driving cars work better than their cloud service.

As much as Microsoft irritates me no end, you do find active participation by their reps on Microsoft forums unlike here where the impression is more of abandonedware.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders dkelley 12/25/13 1:49 PM
http://productforums.google.com/d/msg/drive/jB3atl0Q9Y0/Dw2yzHdCUFIJ
I found that this worked for me and got everything syncing again.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 12/25/13 11:13 PM
Thank you but I have already switched to Dropbox months ago and don't see the need to take a chance on gdrive again.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders David Spehner 12/28/13 9:45 AM

For me too. This work
Is not the solution, but is a provisoir solution

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Amanda Sue Piltz 12/30/13 8:35 AM
Very disappointed that I didn't find this thread before we made the switch to Drive. I thought because we used all the other Google Apps products, this would be a natural fit, but this issue is a deal-killer. Even with a fix as described in the link above, it's not worth it. I shouldn't have to apply that fix to 15 computers and I shouldn't have to worry about it breaking again.

I was curious if anyone had used InSync? It's for Google Drive and is a desktop application that is supposed to fix the pitfalls in Drive's own desktop version. Here is some info from TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/26/insync-a-google-drive-client-for-power-users-businesses-exits-beta-with-pro-features-pricing-plans/

Is this a solution without having to leave Drive?

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders jtcoops 1/9/14 1:26 PM
We've just wasted the best part of a week uploading 30 GB of data to share across multiple sites to discover this problem which has taken a day of dead end support calls and Google Support's responses have been anything from useless to insultingly useless (the latest being they can't support the use of G Drive if its on a server).  We now have to labouriously upload everything to Dropbox, losing a week from our project deployment timetable.  If Microsoft can achieve a working solution with SkyDrive and Dropbox can make it work, why is this so difficult for Google - especially when this is a charged for service.  Total joke!
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders eric747 1/10/14 4:53 PM
If this has been fixed by Google it still does not work properly for me...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Chris Gob Shite 1/11/14 12:49 AM
I get Windows permission errors when saving files to Gdrive and I imagine there has to be Windows permissions conflicts when sharing same files with different computers
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Peter_DK 1/14/14 3:08 AM
Thanks - this did the job for me too :-)
But there will be a next time, and a next time...
Why isn't anybody at Google listening. This is clearly not a new bug.
/Peter L
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Cody Ray Hoeft 1/15/14 6:06 AM
I recently had this problem and I think I found a work around:

1. Back-up you drive folder locally (I know this is very annoying)
2. Go into Google Drive's Preferences and Uncheck all of the folders (note: this work around will not work for files in the google drive only files in folders inside of the google drive)
3. Google Drive will now remove all the files it has synced from your computer
4. It should error out with some error like 'conflicting changes'
5. After it finishes, you should be left with a skeleton of folders with all the files that google drive did not update.
6. Save these files some were else
7. Uninstall, Delete the google drive folder, and reinstall
8. After it has finished syncing drag the folders saved in step 6 into google drive one at a time
9. Windows should prompt to merge the folders do it
10. Watch google drive hopefully start syncing again like mine did without any loss of data or tedious folder comparisons
11. Remember to delete you backup from step 1.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders patty.verdigris 1/15/14 7:54 AM
I did all of this but remove and reinstall gdrive. Should have thought of that. Still, the problem I had was deleting the files which took DAYS as I had so many pictures - I had used nearly the entire 100 gigs - and could only do a few mbs at a time. It was ridiculous. The thought of uploading all that material again and then face the chance of something going awry again was simply not tenable.

I still get updates on this thread, people continue to have the same syncing problem. Maybe Google has fixed the file delete problem (on the second day they admitted one could only delete a few gigs at a time which was a far rosier claim that the reality of a few mbs at a time) and that would be great as that was the worst part of my gdrive nightmare (first the files had to be deleted a few at a time AND THEN deleted from trash a few at a time!).

Since all this transpired I have been using Dropbox - 100 gigs - without a whisper of trouble. It's a few bucks more a year but my god is it worth the money.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Cody Ray Hoeft 1/15/14 7:34 PM
The method I posted was a way to easily find the files that were not syncing so that you don't have to compare every file. Although I respect your decision to switch to Dropbox, there is no reason to keep spamming this thread. If someone decides to stick with google despite a major bump in the road, it would help to know how to find the files easily. I don't understand what you are meaning when you said it took days to delete files. Deleting files takes minutes not days.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Mpegforever 1/16/14 6:50 AM
Same problem for me. I did re-try after more than a year because I thought Google had fixed this...but they did not. Day 1 was ok after gdrive install...all folders were there...now the bits'n'pieces start to fall again and same issue appeared.
Unfortunately one of the two computers is behind a proxy (company) and microsoft Skydrive cannot do that.
Does Dropbox support proxy ? In this case I'd prefarably need to load a proxy.pac file from a host.
Thanks !
ciao
   Alex
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Mpegforever 1/16/14 6:53 AM
Oh no...just discovered our firewalls are blocking dropbox...this is crazy...sorry.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders question_about_web_history 1/25/14 11:40 PM
I'm glad that I found this thread, and am
not the only person who had problems.

I just went with transferring the 5 GB or
so that I wanted to keep backed up in the
cloud to SkyDrive.

As far as I can tell that's working fine,
and I still get a free solution for that
amount of data.

As people said Google Drive made copies of
file and directories and put numbers after the filename (e.g.
c:\Users\David\SkyDrive\Desktop\Calculus\calculus (1).jnt ).

Maybe what happened is that in
the upload of calculus.jnt Google Drive was
interrupted (it couldn't connect to the server),
and then it restarted the upload,
and made a copy of the file.

The duplicates don't necessarily
cause any harm, but it did cause my local
desktop MoinMoin wiki not to work.

When I tried to create a new page with my
MoinMoin wiki it failed with a message
in the web browser:

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.

And the MoinMoin.bat window had lines like:

  File "C:\Users\David\SkyDrive\moin-1.9.5\MoinMoin\wikiutil.py", line 292, in unquoteWikiname
    raise InvalidFileNameError(filename)
InvalidFileNameError: 15(20)test(20)of(20)file(20)starting(20)with(20)a(20)number (1)

When I deleted the duplicates (that were empty
directories) it worked fine.

(they were in moin-1.9.5\wiki\data\pages)

I wrote some Python code which one can use to
find duplicate directories and duplicate files
which I can attach.

The script looks for files or directories
that contain the string "(1)" and then also prints
out the creation time. There were often other files
in the directory also (e.g. calculus (2).jnt, calculus (3).jnt,
etc.) that were duplicates.

I just went and sorted by creation time (can be
added as a heading to Windows explorer), and found
the ones that Google Drive must have created.

I don't see any way to easily search for
all files with (1) in the name with the
default Windows search.

Accessing SkyDrive from the web seems to be working
okay too. Interestingly enough (at least here) it
seems to work better in Chrome than it does in IE.

David Friedman

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Mpegforever 1/26/14 3:10 AM
I quit using GDrive for the second and last time. Lost too much time, as so many other people did.
Just hope they will spam an email once all will be fixed, if it ever will be.
Ciao
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Adrian Rollins 2/3/14 1:40 PM
My Google drive is not working because when I try to click on what I am supposed to click on it will not load.  
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Sharon Ginsburg 2/8/14 1:36 PM
This worked  perfect for me !!!! So glad to find this fix. Thank you.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Stephen Farquhar 2/13/14 2:18 AM
You can also find the duplicates on your Windows machine that Drive Sync creates by using the file search to find either of these:
~"*(?)*"
~"*(??)*"

This will find all the filenames with parentheses so you can mass delete them.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders question_about_web_history 2/26/14 6:43 PM
It's good to know that one could do searches
like that using ~.

One could also add creation time to the list of
headings, and then sort by that to seek to find
the ones that Google Drive created.

There could be some that end with parenthesis
number parenthesis but are legitimate different
versions, and might be currently or in the
future used or needed.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Fresh fish 3/3/14 9:24 AM
I was having the same problems as most folks here, the changes I made from my computer didn't seem to populate on my other devices, though I had already moved the files to/from the Google drive folder.  I right clicked Google drive in my system tray, then I, out of curiosity, clicked on "Visit Google Drive on the web"  All of a sudden, when the page loaded, everything started populating properly on my Android devices, which I intentionally left open on the app as i did this.  Almost seems like syncs only kick in when you visit them online, which gives this a bit less utility, but I was nonetheless happy to finally see the changes i made come up.  Hope this helps some folks.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders jessicatm 3/5/14 11:24 PM
Thank you - this finally worked!  If only Google was competent enough to provide real solutions....
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Peggy Metz 3/9/14 6:26 PM
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Bruce MacNaughton 3/11/14 1:22 PM
My online version of Google Drive has many folders and files in it that don't appear in my local copy.

This is the only PC that I am trying to sync with - it's Windows 7 64-bit. And I've only recently looked at the local drive - I generally use Drive only from the web but am starting a collaborative development effort and wanted to have offline access to files. So I noticed.

FWIW, I just started using a Nexus 5 yesterday, installed Drive and everything appears there just as it should. It has sync'd perfectly.

I tried killing the googlesync32 processes (there are two of them) and restarted Drive (which brought up two processes again). It didn't rescan and resync for me (maybe I haven't given it enough time but I'm there isn't that much data there - 2.25 GB total - so if that status changes I'll update here).


Thoughts welcome.

Thanks,
Bruce

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 3/11/14 1:28 PM
Bruce, I thought that the folder structure does not (yet) show up locally in Offline.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Bruce MacNaughton 3/11/14 1:53 PM
I wasn't aware of that issue at all - two of my folders do show up with the correct contents. And for the folders in question their files don't show up in the flat list of files.

Is there documentation about this limitation somewhere? It's not much of a drive if it can't handle sub-directories. Heck DOS 2.0 implemented them.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 3/11/14 3:19 PM
People have reported/complained about it in these forums, e.g.
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/t3GAp7cgPfY

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/a18zmyX1Pmw

However, I just saw here

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375012?hl=en

that is says "shuffle folders around", so maybe offline folders on the desktop have been implemented finally.

I cannot test as I did not reinstall the desktop sync app after an OS reinstallation a little while ago.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Bruce MacNaughton 3/11/14 4:17 PM
Thanks for the help. I went through this process and now have access to offline files when using Chrome. Or at least I think I do - I haven't tested the offline part yet. It's odd, you set it up by choosing a menu item from the left hand column, but you cancel it under settings, where I would have expected to have set offline access as well.

When I look at the offline menu item I have a long list of files and no folders. It's really a pretty poor implementation. My Nexus 5 shows the folders in drive.

But the question I was asking that I failed to make clear is that it doesn't sync with the Google Drive directory in /users/bruce/Google Drive. That drive sort of syncs two of my folders for some reason, but not the rest of them.

Has Google given up on making the files appear in a Windows directory and just moved them into Chrome? Whatever they're doing ignoring directories is a real negative.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 3/11/14 4:28 PM
Right, so still no folders in Offline, or in the local Google Drive folder on a Windows PC.

The contents of the local GDrive folder is, indeed, supposed to sync.  However you cannot view GDocs files there in anything other than Chrome.

I am not familiar with GDocs on a smartphone and I do not have a Nexus.  Mine is a MS WP8, for which there is no sync app for the free version of GDrive.  I can access my online files via browser, so that is ok.  Not that I do it a lot because there is not much you can see on a 4" screen.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Bruce MacNaughton 3/11/14 6:05 PM
Well, I have two folders in my local Google Drive folder on Windows. I don't know how they got there - maybe Google implemented the feature, found problems, and backed it out.

I can only hope it comes back.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Ovidiu Dolha 3/17/14 5:48 AM
Google Drive sync mechanism is completely unreliable and frustrating, and there is no acceptable work around (re-start Drive and re-sync all whenever a file is stuck? which is almost every time I change something). It's unacceptable to have this in a production version. I am disappointed with Google and will discontinue using this service. Switching back to OneDrive...
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Sohail Gagai 3/18/14 12:14 PM
I am also facing same problem pls guide should I use drop box
Thanks
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Bruce MacNaughton 3/18/14 12:20 PM
Dropbox syncs very well but doesn't have the collaborative features of Google docs. I'm resigned to Google's indifference to desktop sync - I'm using it online. Curiously, it syncs perfectly, with folders, on Android. And I hear it does on Macs too.

So if you need it offline you have to use Dropbox. But if you can live with using it only online then Google docs is a more complete solution, if you need/want collaboration.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 3/18/14 12:33 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 3/18/14 12:37 PM
Sohail, yes, I agree with Bruce; it all depends on what your objective is.

If you just wish to store files online and share them, then Dropbox and IDrive are solutions.  If you need proper backup, the consider dedicated solution on the lines of MozyPro.  (None will be free for any decent volumes.)

But if you need full-blown collaboration and a standalone, platform-independent online office suite I would still consider GDocs/GDrive as my first choice.  If everyone is on MS Office and you don't mind people being tethered, then MS OneDrive is a possibility, though the free versions of Office Online are not as feature-rich as GDocs (at least as regards the text editor and spreadsheets, which I have compared), even after some recent improvements.
(Hence need to be tethered to MS Office to convert to Office to get all the features.)

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders question_about_web_history 3/18/14 3:24 PM
I've been using OneDrive now for about a month and sometimes it seems to get stuck uploading files, but when I restart it will then report Up to Date.

On OneDrive I've tried the limited version of Excel.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/online-spreadsheet-creation-with-excel-online-HA102809659.aspx

It worked okay for viewing files, but I couldn't get a format for Date/Times that included the date and the time -- just one or the other.

I'm not formally collaborating with anybody so the issue of being tethered to MS Office wasn't a consideration. I purchased Office 2010 in the summer of 2013.

Looking at the list of backup providers on Wikipedia:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/online-spreadsheet-creation-with-excel-online-HA102809659.aspx

I didn't consider Dropbox because I was seeking to backup about 5 GB, and so with OneDrive I could get a free solution for that amount of data (OneDrive currently provides a free solution for up to 7 GB, while Dropbox is listed as providing 2 GB for free).  

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders The Design Centre 3/18/14 4:30 PM
Well I think I made the worst decision in a long time by switching to Google Drive, I bought the 1Tb option two days ago and decided to move 40Gb of data off of my Sugarsync account to GD...up to date I've only been able to transfer across 6GB, syncing on the windows 7 desktop taken forever and a day. Leave it to run through the night and get up and find GD has timed out or kicked me out due to length of time connected. Files aren't showing up on desktop folder or online admin...Looks like I'll stick with Sugarsync, you may not get the disk space but you certainly get something that'll sync as expected.  Closing my GD account this afternoon
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 3/19/14 1:16 AM
Question...history, it is a bit confusing as to what your purpose for using a cloud service is.  On the one hand you speak of using Excel Online, on the other of "backup".

You did not post the Wikipedia link, but if you need only 5 GB for backup, you could try IDrive, which is not bad for small-scale use, and you get 5/5.5 GB free.  I have tested it.  The problem with many of these multi-functional 'backup' services is that they do not mass file restorations well (e.g. in the case of catastrophic failure or theft).

For proper, safe backup you should use a dedicated backup service, which neither Google Drive nor Dropbox is, and the two differ among themselves as to their capabilities.

If you wish to have documents in the cloud that you wish to edit and maybe share, or even collaborate on (I do appreciate that this is not your consideration at present), then you have a choice of GDrive/Gdocs, MS Office Online/OneDrive and Zoho.  As you have already discovered, Excel Online is still pretty basic, even when compared to GSheets, but if you are tethered to desktop MS Office then you can get more features. Am not sure if Zoho has a spreadsheet (haven't looked for a while).

My understanding about Office Online is that, although the web versions are basic, you can see everything in the cloud that you have edited locally.  However, I have not tested editing an elaborate uploaded Excel sheet.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders question_about_web_history 3/19/14 3:02 PM
DAS,

Yes, so the main purpose of using it was to just have a backup in case my laptop were to get damaged.

I apologize for not including the right link there:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_online_backup_services

Thanks for recommending iDrive as another solution. iDrive didn't get on that list for whatever reason, but it does have a Wikipedia page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDrive
https://www.idrive.com/index.html

I don't think whatever problems I've had with OneDrive warrant taking the time to switch over to another method.

Even though it isn't necessarily a full backup solution -- if I needed to get a new computer -- my files are still available on the cloud.

Also -- although I didn't get OneDrive for the collaboration aspect -- I did use that when I was invited to submit a blog post.

I sent the draft of the blog post via just a regular e-mail attachment, and then also sent a OneDrive URL which permits both viewing and editing.

So that way I can continue to make additional edits to the draft without having to keep sending more e-mails.

They could also make edits if they would like.

It looks like I'm using about 3 GB so I could switch over. Then though I would only have a cushion of 2 GB instead of a cushion of 4 GB.

Do I really need to backup all of those files? Probably not. Many of those files I'll probably never need again.

But anyway -- I think it's easier to remove the big files, and then just backup a whole directory then to try and spend the time on small files to figure out which ones are worth backing up and which aren't.

I don't want to get too off topic; however, the comment that led to the people at Green Living Ideas inviting me to submit a blog post actually has to do with cloud storage. I was curious about the environmental impact of cloud storage, and so I sought to get some more information.

At least according to this article from 2009:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/07/10/green.internet.CO2/index.html

"A number of studies have highlighted the growing energy demands of computers. A 2007 report from research firm Gartner, for example, estimates the manufacturing, use and disposal of information and communications technology generates about two percent of the world's greenhouse gases -- similar to the level produced by the entire aviation industry."

I actually find that kind of surprising given the web calculator on carbonfund.org, and the cost of offsetting airline travel.

One cross-country flight costs more in CO2 emissions than my entire electricity usage for 2013. (including radiative forcing for the airline case: http://www.carbonfund.org/individuals, zipcode: 27603, 2783 kWh, 1.57 tons CO2 for electricity, and 2.31 tons of CO2, Dulles International Airport to Seattle Tacoma International, 4628 miles, 7448 km)

But I haven't looked into it in much detail. Greenpeace has done various research on the matter, and they have a report from 2012:

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/Global/international/publications/climate/2012/iCoal/HowCleanisYourCloud.pdf

On page 9 they talk about total consumption from IT and mention the Smart 2020 report which I suppose is dating back to 2008:

http://www.smart2020.org/publications/

Anyway, The Green Living Ideas blog post links to that CNN article, and I posted a back back-of-the-envelope computation regarding how much CO2 emissions are generated by a particular amount of cloud storage.

My estimate came out as:

5 TB of cloud storage per 1 year is 1 ton of CO2

http://greenlivingideas.com/2009/08/25/blogging-global-warming/,

The last two comments have the formula -- the reason that there are two is that there was some confusion regarding the moderation.

The draft of the blog post is about the spreadsheet method that I have been using to keep track of my electrical usage, and so I started keeping the records in February of 2013, and just used the desktop version of Excel. For the blog post though I wanted to explore whether people could use a free solution to keep a record. I checked out OpenOffice, Google Docs, and the OneDrive version of Excel.

I think one can use any of those (all you really need is a NOW() function, the ability to take the difference between two timestamps, and then the ability to take the difference between two cells which have the meter readings); however, in doing a timestamp I think it's better if one can get in a single cell the time and the date.

I didn't see any way to do that using the OneDrive version of Excel.

But with OpenOffice and Google Docs one could.

As a final comment with another provider called Wualau the list on Wikipedia states that the storage is provided with 100% green energy; however, the Wualau page which mentions that doesn't provide details on exactly what that means, whether it is through offsetting or through actual solar panels, wind turbines, etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_online_backup_services
http://www.wuala.com/en/learn/technology

There are differing opinions on how much offsetting can do:

http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/much_ado_about_carbon_offsets/

Google Drive is listed as providing 30% green hosting.

The page here states that:

"We're currently using renewable energy to power over 34% of our operations, and we continue to look for ways to increase our use of clean energy."

http://www.google.com/green/energy/

David

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders DAS1951 3/19/14 5:14 PM
David
Thanks for posting the correct Wikipedia link to the table of (so-called - my word) backup providers.  From my previous post you will have seen I have already 'removed' two from the list.  The main problem with the list is that it mixes up a variety of services, so is not very helpful once you really understand what is going on.

No doubt all the listed companies provide some sort of cloud storage, but that, as mentioned, is not enough information.  Even with Google Drive, if you do not share and preferably, in my view, do not deploy the desktop sync app, you can have a reasonable file backup service for smaller volumes of files.  It would be no good at file restoration since you would have to reconstruct your folder and directory system manually.

BTW, it is IDrive, not iDrive, an important distinction - it's  not to be confused with an Apple or BMW product... (not that Apple's cloud is "iDrive").

For online collaboration in an open environment it is, for me, no contest:  GDocs.  And recently I have started new lists for collaboration with a handful of people, for which I am using Gsheets.  And because I want maximum privacy I am making those who do not have them open Google accounts.  But if they choose to download and deploy the sync'ing app, that is up to them.  I do not need it for my side of the work.

Finally, I do not have the time to follow all the links about 'green' electricity, but I will say that I am very careful when I look at some of these comparisons.  What do they really mean?  Which "So What?" test do they pass? Like yours about your domestic electricity consumption and a long-distance flight.  I would be more interested in comparing the energy consumption of transporting a full planeload (how big is the aeroplane?) of people across the US and having them drive across (people LOVE to drive in the US, don't they?).  I am willing to bet that the 'flyers' would win hands down!  Your domestic energy consumption and its CO2 output is something else.
Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders User23456345 3/19/14 7:08 PM
To all having issues with sync, I had an issue with file permissions I discovered by looking at the sync log file located here: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Drive

Check out your log file and see if it points you in right direction.

I was getting the error message below when trying to change permissions on upper level directories.  Ended up having to manually add my user to lower level directories.  There is probably an easier way but it worked for me.

"an error occurred while applying security information to failed to enumerate objects in the container access is denied"

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Bruce MacNaughton 3/20/14 1:10 AM
I appreciate you posting this. I checked my log and found no errors of this sort. While I haven't looked in detail at the entire 36MB there didn't seem to be any systemic errors. I focused on the tail of the file.

Thanks anyway - I was hopeful for a minute.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Lauren Glenn 4/7/14 7:28 PM
If by magic, you mean that horrible magician who ruins every trick and gets it wrong, then yes, it's magic.

Google is giving this away for $2 but not because it's good.  If I have to do things to make it backup reliably, then I won't trust my important files to it ever (and definitely not my photos).

I agree with everyone else..... 4 computers and all have different files on it yet GD says that I have 96GB of files but each machine is different.  The only solution is to have all of the computers move every file with the synchronization off to another service.

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders whitsey 4/15/14 4:09 PM
I can't believe that this product is still having problems... I remember having problems when it first came out and deciding to go to Dropbox.  Now I have exceedded my 100GB account at dropbox, the price jump is 8x what I was paying so I thought I'd give Google Drive another go.

Stupidly, I thought - it's been 2-3 years, there's no way that symching problem still exists - they would've sorted that out by now... Clearly Not!

Google - any danger of getting something right?  Yet another half arsed failed product by the most cashed up company on the planet!  Surely with all that money you could employ 1-2 people who knew what they were doing???

Re: Google Drive For Windows Does not Sync all Files/Folders Janet Rawlings 4/16/14 12:56 AM
I think I've narrowed (one) of it's problems down to having multiple user accounts on a Windows7 PC which have GoogleDrive installed (sync'ing for different G.Drive users).  If you switch users (as opposed to logging out of the first account), Google Drive refuses to sync when you switch back to the first user's account.  Logging off and on of each user account with G.drive installed seems to keep the G.drive syncing operational.
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