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The brand new released Google drive allows to sync a folder which resides under My Documents (on Windows systems). However, I would like to sync a folder that resides on a network-mapped drive. Would it be possible please and if yes then how?

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I guess you can select the location for your "Google Drive" folder in the network-mapped drive. You should use advanced setup when installing the program, then change the location of Google Drive folder. If you've already installed and began using it, you can disconnect and connect again, so that you can do the setup once more. – infiniteRefactor Apr 24 '12 at 22:14
When I did this I got some sort of timeout issue which lead to Drive not working at all. I ended up using the default location and then shared that folder with everyone. Then mapped the shared folder on the other machines. – JDavis Jul 26 '13 at 18:18
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You can choose any folder during the Google Drive install.

Firstly select "Advanced Setup" on the second page of the Getting Started screen.

Then click the "Change" button next to Folder Location

Select any folder you want, including network shares and mapped network drives.

Voila! You have Google Drive on any folder you want.

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thanks! Just a piggyback question - will all the files be included? – BreakPhreak Jun 7 '12 at 12:39
the files included will follow your normal google drive preferences, the location of the folder on your computer/network should not make a whit of difference. – voney Jun 9 '12 at 2:34
Does the Google drive client run even when no-one's logged onto the server? – paulmorriss Apr 22 '15 at 14:28
I know this is an old question but it appears that newly synced file from Google drive just do not have the shared permission as its parent folder. Wonder if there is a way to fix this... – elwc Sep 20 '15 at 14:27

If this functionality is not explicitly included (you go into the preferences of Google Drive, add the folder on the networked computer and it does not allow that folder to sync)

You could mirror that folder on your local computer. (Or really simply just install google drive on that network computer, but I would guess that you would not be asking this question if that was an option).

To mirror it locally I would suggest using a version of rsync (do a quick google search to find a bunch of options).

Or use another technique to mirror the contents onto your local machine.

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You can sync a network folder with DropBox. Maybe the same method will work for Google (I haven't tried yet).

1) Log in on the CONSOLE of the file server (that is hosting the network share/folder). 2) Install Google Drive (I installed DropBox). 3) Set the location of the Google Drive to be in a sub-folder of the network share (on the physical drive of the server that you've just installed it on). 4) Use the Google Drive account to share the Google Drive as appropriate. 5) Log off the Console of the server.

Now... Go to any client that's connected to the network share, navigate to the new sub-folder you just created, and place files in it. You'll now see those files on Google Drive.

WHAT I USE THIS FOR: I have all the sales and technical staff using Drop Box, and subscribed to the Network Shared folder. There are two sub-folders, one for Sales and the other for tech staff. I simply place files in their respective folders, and sales has all the sales/marketing brochures, videos, pdf, spreadsheets, etc. And Tech staff has all their stuff separate too.

It works for BOTH iPad, and laptop users! Love It!

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