Is it possible to change the Google Drive folder from the default to something that is not on your desktop?
For example, I want to use
D:\Data as my local Google Drive folder.
Easiest way is to let it "have it's way" when installing, and then:
(It's actually easier than it looks, so after you've done it once you can repeat this forerever on any other computer/re-install that you do without having to google for it like I just did. :))
This procedure was taken from a comment on the already linked site http://www.poweraxess.com/internet/change-google-drive-default-folder-location-in-windows and I tried for myself and summarized the steps here for easier reference.
This should help you out, and the google drive folder is not actually on your desktop, that is just an alias to the actual folder in your user folder.