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Transferring Google Drive to another computer

If you have not yet disconnected your account and wish to relocate your ‘Google Drive’ folder (example: moving GD to a newly installed hard disk and OS on your computer), you can perform the following steps to use your existing ‘Google Drive’ folder without re-syncing your files:

1. Go to your Google Drive appdata folder.

    • XP: C:\Documents and Settings\Users\your user profile\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Drive
    • Windows 7: C\Users\your user profile\Appdata\Local\Google\Drive
    • Mac OSX: Open Finder. Hit Command+Shift+G. Go to ~\Library\Application Support\Google\Drive

Note: If you do not see the appdata folder, you need to enable ‘Show hidden files’ in Control Panel > Folder Options

2. Copy and paste snapshot.db and sync_config.db to a backup location.

3. Disconnect your account.
Note: If you are transferring Drive to a new computer, now is when you make a copy of the Google Drive folder with all its content.

4. Re-install Drive on the new disk.

5. Open up the Google Drive appdata folder.

6. Copy and paste the saved snapshot.db and sync_config.db into the GD appdata folder (replace the files created in the new installation).

7. Restart the Google Drive app.

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