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Google Drive, launched almost 4 years ago, is an online vault where you can store all your files and documents. It offers nearly all the functionality that you would expect in a file manager app making it easier for you to manage files from within the browser. You can move files between folders, rename files, differentiate them with colors, add text notes for easier lookup and more.

However the one piece that is still missing in Google Drive is the ability to copy folders. You can duplicate any file in Google Drive by right-clicking the file and selecting “Make a Copy” but this option is not available for folders. A Google Script exists to copy folders in Google Drive but it is complicated.

How to copy google drive folders The option to duplicate folders doesn’t exist in Google Drive

How to Copy Folders in Google Drive

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an xcopy (Windows) or rsync (Mac, Unix) like command for Google Drive that would recursively copy everything inside a folder, easily It should not only copy all the files and subdirectories but also retain the directory tree structure and maintain the shared file permissions.

Well, we are not sure if Google will ever provide an option to duplicate folders in Google Drive but there’s an open source web app by Eric YD that does exactly what you are looking for. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to labnol.org/xcopy and click the Authorize button.
  2. Allow the app to access your Google Drive files. The app would perform the copy operation directly inside your Google account without involving a third-party server.
  3. Once authorized, select the source folder using the Google File picker and specify the destination folder name.
  4. Click the Copy Folder button to begin the cloning process.

That’s it. The script will run in the background and copy files, one-by-one, into the target folder. It will log everything in a Google Spreadsheet so you know what’s happening behind the scene.

While optional, the app can also retain permissions and in the case the copied files will be editable/viewable by the same people as the original files. The copying process would however take longer if you choose to copy the sharing permissions.

Copy Folders to another Google Drive Account

Say you have a folder in one Google account (A) that you would like to copy to another Google account (B). While the app doesn’t support copying across accounts, there’s a simple workaround:

  1. Use labnol.org/xcopy to copy the folder in its original account (A).
  2. Log into account B, create a blank folder and share it with account A.
  3. Log into account A and move the copied folder into the shared folder.
  4. Go back to account B and remove the sharing permissions for the folder.

The Alternative – If you are not comfortable giving access to your Google Drive to another app, you can manually copy folders using the Google Drive desktop client for Windows and Mac. Go to Windows Explorer (or Finder), select the source folder and press Ctrl+C followed by Ctrl+V to duplicate the folder.

This would however not retain the original file permissions. The other downside is that Google Drive will have to reupload all the copied files whereas in the previous case, the copying happened on Google servers directly.

Treat whole folder structures and docs as a template – use for new projects, or just for copying a single folder structure

Have you ever needed to copy a folder structure and all files within it in Google Drive? Now you can using our new tool, Copy Folder . The Tool copies Google Drive folders including subfolders and files.

Simply select a folder in your Drive, choose a Destination and new folder name.

Copy Folder will copy the folder and all sub folders and files into the Destination you choose in Google Drive – each folder and file will be an exact copy.

The original individual sharing settings will be removed and the universal sharing will be inherited from the copied folder – so if your folder was private, your copied folder will be too. The tool does everything for you and is really useful for project folders, where new projects need to start off with a defined structure.

To get started click on the link below to access Copy Folder from Refractiv.

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Google Drive is a great place to organize and share all of your files along with everything you’ve created in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. You can import all of your files, save Gmail attachments, and organize everything in folders.

There’s only one problem: Google Drive doesn’t include an option to duplicate a folder and all of its files. You’ll need a bit of a workaround to copy a folder and its files. Here’s how:

Copy Your Google Drive Files

How to copy google drive folders

First, you’ll need to open your folder and select all the files. Open the Google Drive folder in your browser then press Control + a or Command + a —or drag your mouse over all of the files—to select them all.

Then right-click and select Make a Copy.

That will create a new copy of each of those files, right in the same folder, with Copy of before their original file name.

Move the Copied Files to a New Google Folder

How to copy google drive folders

Now, select all the Copy of files, right-click again, and this time select Move to…. You can select an existing folder or click the + icon with a folder in the lower right corner of the menu to add a new folder for your copied files.

It’s a bit more work, and your copied files will have a new name, but that’s the only built-in way to copy a folder of files in Google Drive.

Alternative: Copy Folders with the Google Drive App

Or, if you have the Google Drive Backup and Sync app installed on your computer, you can copy a folder of files the same way you’d copy any other folder of files. Right-click on the folder, click Copy, then go wherever you want to copy the folder, right-click again, and click Paste.

And that’s how to copy your Google Drive folders.

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Google Drive is a great platform for storing files and document management. However one annoying feature is that it only allows you to copy files, not directories (as of January 2020).

How to copy google drive folders

Selecting an individual file or multiple files to copy works fine and the option to ‘Make a copy’ to your drive is presented with a right click.

But when you select folders as part of the selection, Google Drive gives no option to copy folders. What?!

The Classic Problem

Someone shares a folder with you containing multiple sub-folders and files but tells you not to alter the original data. Therefore you need to make a copy of the folder to your own drive.

But when you right click the shared folder you are only given an option to ‘Add to My Drive’ which doesn’t copy the folder; it places a shortcut of the folder on your Drive — which again doesn’t help because you don’t want to modify the shared folder!

How to copy google drive folders

The Solution — Open a Google Colab Notebook!

Luckily, there is a simple hacker solution to this problem. Using Google Colab, you can map your Google Drive to Colab notebook then issue a Linux command to manipulate / copy your files.

Want to transfer folders from Google Drive to another account directly and quickly? You can refer to the solutions introduced in the article.

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User Case

“I have some folders in my school Google Drive account and I want to transfer them to my personal Google Drive as backups. My issue is that I have too much to transfer and don’t want to download them to my computer and then upload again. Is there any way to make it easier?”

This is a question from Google Drive Community. This user doesn’t want to copy Google Drive folder to another account through the traditional way but has no idea how to make it easier to operate. If you also have multiple Google Drive accounts and encounter such a problem when transferring folders from one account to another, you can refer to below three ways to solve it.

How to Move Folders from One Google Drive to Another?

Solution 1: Make Use of Google Drive “Sharing” Feature

Step 1: Login your Google Drive account.
Step 2: Select the folders you want to move.
Step 3: Right click “Share” icon.
Step 4: Enter the user name or email address that is linked to another account and click on “Share” button.

How to copy google drive foldersTransfer Folders with Google Drive “Sharing” Feature

Step 5: Login your another Google Drive account.
Step 6: Move to “Shared with me” interface, select the shared folders and right click “Add to My Drive” to complete the task.

This solution can help you successfully migrate folders from one Google Drive to another account, but you have to switch your accounts to complete the task. But don’t worry, the following part will introduce Solution 2 to help you transfer folders between Google Drive accounts without switching changing accounts.

Solution 2: Move Google Drive Folder to Another Account via MultCloud

As a free multiple cloud manager, MultCloud supports 33 clouds which include Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, etc. It has three functions: “Cloud Transfer”, “Cloud Sync” and “Cloud Explorer”. You can rely on “Cloud Transfer” feature to realize the migration without downloading or logging in and out. There is a brief instruction on how it works.

Step 1. Sign Up

To make use of MultCloud, you need to sign up first.

How to copy google drive foldersSign Up

Step 2. Add Clouds

Add your Google Drive accounts to MultCloud one by one.

How to copy google drive foldersAdd Google Drive to MultCloud

Step 3. Create Cloud Transfer Task

Click on “Cloud Transfer” in the tab and select the folders you want to move placed under one Google Drive as the source and another account as the destination. Then tap “Transfer Now” to achieve your demand.

How to copy google drive folders Move Folders from One Google Drive to Another

Notes:

  • You need to click on “Multi-Selection” button if you want to move many folders at the same time.
    How to copy google drive foldersClick on Multi-Selection
  • You can also successfully move folders from one Google Drive to another with MultCloud “Cloud Explorer” function. Here are detailed steps.

Step 1: Open your Google Drive in the “Cloud Explorer” interface.
Step 2: Select the folders you want to move and right click “Copy to” to move them to your another Google Drive account.

How to copy google drive foldersCopy Files between Google Drive Accounts

Wrapping Up

How to move folders from one Google Drive to another? You may have solved this problem after reading this paper. As mentioned, MultCloud also allows you to quickly sync or backup from one cloud to another. If you want to directly migrate Box to Google Drive of sync Google Photos to OneDrive, MultCloud “Cloud Sync” feature will help you.

Quickly transfer, sync or backup files from one cloud to another.

Searching for ways on how to transfer files from one google drive to another? In this guide, we have provided simple instructions to copy or migrate files from one Google Drive account to another.

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The Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage for every single user, but that might not be enough for some users. That’s why most of the people create multiple accounts to get the benefit of extra storage space. Google knows this fact, but haven’t done anything to help the users to send files from one Google Drive to another. Users have to carry out the steps manually to transfer the files.

So, in this guide, we are going to walk you through the process of how do I move files from one google drive account to another.

How to Transfer Files from One Google Drive to Another

In here, we are explaining two different methods that can help you to copy files from one Google drive account to another.

Method 1. Via Downloading and Uploading:

The method of downloading and uploading is the simplest process of saving the files and folder to your system and then uploading it to the new account. The step by step process is explained below:

Step 1.В Access your Primary account and locate the files or folders that you want to transfer to the other account.

How to copy google drive folders

Transfer Files from One Google Drive to Another via Downloading and Uploading – Step 1

Step 2. В Collect all the files and put it in a new folder and name it Export. The folder will appear inВ the directory. Then you will be able to download all the files at once.

How to copy google drive folders

Transfer Files from One Google Drive to Another via Downloading and Uploading – Step 2

Step 3.В Now, download your Export folder. Right, click on it and you will see the Download option. The Google server will compress all the files into a single zip file. It might take some time to finish the process so you must be patient.

How to copy google drive folders

Transfer Files from One Google Drive to Another via Downloading and Uploading – Step 3

Step 4.В When the download is finished, you can unzip the file and extract all your files from the single zip file.

How to copy google drive folders

Transfer Files from One Google Drive to Another via Downloading and Uploading – Step 4

Step 5.В In the next step, you have to open your another account in which you want to keep those files. When the home page opens up, click on the + icon and upload files and folder to your other Google Drive account.

Method 2. Via Sharing:

The sharing method is also effective to send files from one Google Drive account to another. The proper instructions are given below:

Step 1. Go to your Primary Google Account and locate the files or folders that you want to send to your other account.

Step 2. Now, right click on the files and select the Share option.

How to copy google drive folders

Transfer Files from One Google Drive to Another via Sharing – Step 2

Step 3. A new window will pop up; there you can enter your other account’s details. Then click on “Advanced” settings and under the sharing settings, ensure that you change the access permission to “Is Owner”. Now hit the Send button.

How to copy google drive folders

Transfer Files from One Google Drive to Another via Sharing – Step 3

Step 4.В Now, go to your secondary account and you will find the files in your main drive as the ownership of the files has been transferred.

Google has provided the above processes on how to migrate files from one google drive to another. evenВ the process is very time consuming and troublesome, it is quite efficient and safe.

Conclusion

As we read, the process that Google uses to transfer files from one Google Drive to another is quite complicated, but these methods are the ones that are available to transfer files. Do let us know your thoughts with the help of the comments section or you can directly contact us for any query.

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Consider John is a project manager of a company and has to create weekly reports covering various areas of the projects say revenue, resource etc., He uses Google Drive to manage the documents on the cloud so that he can jointly create reports along with his team mates.

He uses a standard folder template/hierarchy for his weekly report and wants to duplicate this folder structure every week. So he tries to make a copy of the folder in Google Drive but he’s unable to do it. Why because that feature is currently not supported.

All he can do is manually recreate entire structure which is a monotonous task or use desktop app. Have you faced a similar situation? Want an easier solution which works online from any browser? Here’s how.

How to copy google drive folders

Copy Folder Structure and Contents in Google Drive with Google Script

Meet GDrive Copy Folder script which lets you make copy of any Google Drive folder, duplicating the structure along with the contents in it. Below are the steps to get started.

1. Finding ID of the Folder You Want to Copy

  • Login into your Google Drive account.
  • Click on the folder you want to make copy of.
  • From browser address bar note down the unique ID which comes after folder/.

Example URL: https://drive.google.com/?authuser=0#folders/0B6y7rBwoHlSvaXBzdjk0OC1tN0k
Folder ID: 0B6y7rBwoHlSvaXBzdjk0OC1tN0k

How to copy google drive folders

2. Installing/Using the Script

  • Click here to make a copy of the project (Version 2). Next click Yes, make a copy link
  • Click GDrive: Copy Folder menu next to help. And select Authorize. Click OK then Accept. This is a one time activity.
  • In B5 cell copy, paste the folder ID which you noted down in previous step.
  • Finally select Make a Copy option from the menu.

How to copy google drive folders

You can easily extend this script even to schedule/automate this process so that copy of a particular folder is created at regular intervals. Please do drop in your comment if you want to know how.

How to copy google drive folders

TechsPlace | To copy a folder from one Google Drive account to another will take some time. It’s worth looking for a solution only if you’ve reached the size limit of your free Google account. Besides, if you want to copy the G drive folder to another G drive account, such as a business account. It provides a good 15GB of free storage. It sounds great, but there are problems associated with that too. This total of 15 GB of storage space is shared by Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Therefore, in some cases, users run out of space on their accounts. Having multiple Google accounts is very common, so copying a folder from one Google Drive to another Google Drive is considered as the best solution.

For complete data migration between Google Drive, we recommend using an instant solution, that is, SysTools Google Drive Migration Tool. Immediately copy all data from Google Drive to another Google Drive.

Google does not provide a smooth way to copy a folder from one Google Drive to another account. Therefore, this blog describes various workarounds that may try to move the storage from Google Drive to another account.

Copy Folder from a Google Drive to another Account: Multiple Methods

Before manually initiating the Google Drive to Google Drive migration, keep a few points in mind:

  1. Google does not provide any direct or built-in utility to perform data transfers between the Drives.
  2. If something goes wrong, the manual solution may not retain the format.
  3. With large amounts of data, manual solutions can be very long and time-consuming.

Method 1: Manual Procedure

If you want to migrate files from one Google Drive account to another account without performing the download and upload steps, then please follow the steps below.

  1. First, log in to the Google Drive account from which you want to copy the data.
  2. Then select all the files or folder that you want to be in your another G drive account.
  3. After this, you must right-click the file or folder and select the Share button or the Share icon.
  4. Now, you need to enter another email address from Google Drive. Then, click on the Advanced button and change the permission to Is Owner.
  5. Click the Send button and start the copying process. You will then need to sign in to another Google Drive account. Then click the Shared with me option on the left panel.
  6. By default, Google Drive cannot make a copy of a folder. You can make a copy of the file it contains. Then move to a new folder or subfolder to repeat the hierarchy of original files and folders.
  7. To do the same, right-click each file or select all and click the Make a Copy button. You must rename the file correctly and copy it to a new folder.
  8. Finally, you can go back to your main Google Drive account and delete files from Drive and Bin.

Method 2: Using Takeout

Another possible way to copy a folder from Google Drive to another Google Drive account is with the help of Google Takeout. Simply follow the steps mentioned below to know how it exactly works:

  1. Visit https://takeout.google.com/ with your primary Google Drive account
  2. Then select the Select None button, scroll down the window and enable the Drive option.
  3. Now, depending on your selection, you can select the files or folders to copy from Google Drive and Click on Next button
  4. Then select .zip as the file type and select the Send Download Link option in the Delivery Method section.
  5. Finally, click on the Create Archive button to start the process.
  6. Then go to your Google account and click on the download link you received to save the ZIP file on your local machine.

Note: The download link will expire after a certain time period, so it is highly advised to download the data before that time only.

  1. Now you can easily extract the data from ZIP file and save it to any location in its respective file format
  2. Open Google Drive in another account and click the + New button
  3. Select the Upload file or Upload folder option
  4. Browse to the location of the downloaded file and click the Open button

Your selected data is successfully copied from one Google Drive to another Google Drive account.

Still in Doubt: Hire a Professional Solution

As mentioned above, a manual solution is not a realistic way to copy a folder from one Google Drive account to another Google Drive. Therefore, choosing a third-party tool is a good choice. SysTools Google Drive Migrator is a widely used application for the same purpose.

You can copy the G drive folder to another G drive account without any restrictions. This tool allows users to copy data from user and administrator accounts. Also, the software copy deleted items and shared files, keeping the folder hierarchy intact.

Use these steps to download an entire Google Drive folder at once.

Go to https://drive.google.com to access your Google Drive directly.
How to copy google drive folders

Select the folder that you want to download.

You can create a new folder by clicking the “New” button, then selecting the “Folder” option.
How to copy google drive folders

Click the “More actions” button at the top-right of the window.

It’s the button with the three dots in a vertical line.
How to copy google drive folders

Choose the “Download” option.

It’s the option at the bottom of the menu.
How to copy google drive folders

Select a location on your computer for the file, then click “OK.”

You have the option of changing the name of the downloaded file as well by clicking inside the “File name” field in the download window.
How to copy google drive folders

I performed the steps in this article using the Google Chrome desktop Web browser on a laptop running Windows 10. These steps will also work on other desktop or laptop versions of other popular Web browsers.

You can move files into Google Drive folders by clicking and holding on a file, then dragging it to the folder. This moves that file into the folder, so you may wish to make a copy of the file first if you want to keep it in the overall Google Drive file list.

The downloaded Google Drive folder is going to be in a zip file. You can unzip a zip file in Windows 10 by right-clicking on the file, choosing the Extract all option, then clicking Extract on the window that opens.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like to download the entire contents of your Google Drive then you can either download and install the Google Drive app to your computer, or you can go to https://myaccount.google.com, click the Data & personalization tab, then scroll down and choose the Download your data option.

It isn’t possible to create a link for a direct download in Google Drive that lets you download an entire folder. You would need to zip the folder first, then upload the zipped file back to Google Drive and share the download link for that folder instead.

The method of clicking an item in Google Drive, clicking the three dots, then selecting “Download” works for individual files as well. You can also right-click on a file and choose “Download” as well.

Google Drive will always zip multiple files when you download them through the Web browser interface. However, if you click the gear icon at the top-right of the Google Drive window, then choose “Get Drive for desktop” you will be able to download an app on your computer that syncs your Google Drive files to your desktop, allowing you to copy unzipped folders from the Google Drive desktop app to other locations on the computer.

See also

  • How to select multiple files in Google Drive
  • How to recover a file from Google Drive trash
  • How to delete a file from Google Drive

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