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How to synchronize directories outside the Google Drive directory

I installed Google Drive and want to use it in order to backup some data scattered across my HDD. I cannot get it to use these different directories because I can set only one folder in Google apps. ...
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4answers
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Change local Google Drive folder

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.
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Why is Google Drive so heavy on my CPU?

As the below screenshot shows, despite the fact that Google drive doesn't appear to be doing anything (it's not syncing any data) it's using over 12% of my CPU (a core i7). The official ...
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Windows 7 Index Search does not work in Google Drive folder

I recently installed Google Drive on my Windows 7 laptop and began syncing all my files a few days ago. All was well until I needed to search for some documents in my local copy of Google Drive using ...
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Google Drive with proxy authentication

I'm unable to connect the Google Drive application to the Internet. I'm quite sure it's because of the proxy authentication. How can I fix this problem? Windows 7 64 bit, proxy with authentication.
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Can I sync network folder with a Google drive?

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 ...
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1answer
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Dropbox and Google Drive syncing the same folder at the same time, is it posible?

I am interested in using Dropbox and Google Drive to sync the same folder at the same time... Is there any special consideration to be taken into account? Any help is apreciated.
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Map network drive for Google Drive to appears as a normal drive in Windows Explorer

Is it possible to "map network drive" for Google Drive so it appears as a usual Windows drive in Explorer? (And on a Mac and Linux?)
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Portable Dropbox/Google Drive

I am planning to buy a new external harddisk, which will hold my project files using XAMPP Portable, my contacts, documents etc, as this thing is dealing with sensitive data, and I cannot rely on a ...
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Sync Google Drive when not logged in

I have installed Google Drive on Windows Server 2008 R2. When I login to the server, Google Drive starts automatically and synchrnoizes files, pulling changes down from the cloud. All good so far. ...
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TrueCrypt container in Google Drive

I have a TrueCrypt file container in the Google Drive folder. I add stuff into it, make sure TrueCrypt changed the timestamp of the container. Google Drive syncs with the server, but it seems it ...
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How do I get Google Drive to open text files with arbitrary extensions as text files?

I have text files on Google Drive that do not end with the .txt suffix (such as: .r, .bas, .awk...). I want to view them using the Drive Notepad app, but it does not recognize the files as text. Is ...
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How do I save a pdf file to Google Drive?

If I have opened a PDF file in Chrome with its plug-in Chrome PDF viewer, how can I save it to Google Drive directly instead of downloading it first and uploading it? Is there an extension that could ...
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No Google Drive folder after installing Google Drive

I've just installed Google Drive with the default options on Windows Vista x64. However the Google Drive which was supposed to be created in my %USERPROFILE% folder was not created. Also, clicking the ...
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Can I use Google Drive with two accounts?

I know I can switch between two different accounts with Google Drive on the web, but, can I use two Google Drive accounts at the same time in Windows 7?
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How to change the UI language in Google Drive?

There is currently no option to change the UI language in Google Drive. Is it possible to change it somehow?
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Copying Google Drive folder to new computer

I am shifting my files to a new Mac, including my Google Drive folder. I could just set up Gdrive on the new computer and let it sync with my Google Drive folder on the cloud, but this will take ...
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2answers
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Compiling LaTeX document makes Google Drive crash

I've the issue that when I compile a LaTeX document that is located inside my Google Drive this will after a few turns make the OSX Google Drive application crash. As this is an important document I ...
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truecrypt container not syncing to google drive

I have a truecrypt container located in my Google drive. I mount the container, add a few files and then dismount it. However, the file won't sync as the timestamps remains the same. To prove that I'm ...
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Google drive app not working in OSX Yosemite

Just upgraded to OSX Yosemite. And the google drive app seemed not to be working. Anyone else experienced the same issue? It seemed to be able to sync the documents in my folder in OSX and the folder ...
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Google drive web page halts when loading

When loading the Google drive page, the page halts after displaying a loading... message in the title. This issue is not resolved on the Google-drive forum. See screenshots below. Sometimes after a ...
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Opening .pdf's on Google Drive using Adobe Acrobat

Note: this is a question about Google Drive, not Firefox options. I've been using Google Drive and Docs a lot, so I tend to keep .PDFs on Drive as well just for convenient storage. But I don't like ...
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Can't see Google Drive folder in Modern UI/Metro Apps

Happens everytime I want to attach file to an email in Mail app or browse photos in Photos app (I'm not using too many apps so I can't tell whether these two are the only ones). There is something ...
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Google Drive synchronise other Folders on OS X?

Similar to Google drive how to synchronize directories outside GooogleDrive directory but specific to OS X. I have a folder in Application Support I want to be backed up on Google Drive. How can I ...
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Saving source code of a personal project (made with Netbeans) to the cloud

I'm using Netbeans for code development of a personal project. Often times the computer I'm working on isn't mine or I may not be on it always (for example it's a library computer or one I'm using at ...
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1answer
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Why is Google Drive invisible in command prompt mode?

I've been using Google Drive for a while with ups and downs. One major down that I recently discovered is that it doesn't appear in command prompt mode, although it appears fine in Windows Explorer. ...
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Setting Google Drive to open Google Docs files with Chrome

By default, Google Drive opens Google Docs files with the default browser, which is Firefox in my case. Can I set Google Drive to open Google Docs files with Chrome?
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Is it possible to use the Google Drive software to sync a file and maintain a common share URL?

I have a file that I modify on a regular basis that is synced to my Google Drive folder on my computer. I've set this file to be shared publicly and shared the link to the file with others. ...
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Disconnecting Google Drive Account [duplicate]

I left my company but forgot to disconnect my google drive from the company email on my macbook air. Now I'm stuck in the login screen! I've tried re-installing google drive and removing the ...
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How to limit Google Drive's client bandwidth usage?

Is there any way to limit the amount of traffic Google Drive uses? I'm syncing Drive's content, and it almost swallows the entire bandwidth. I can't use Internet during sync operation.
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Google Drive files and folders duplication

Despite of slow bandwidth at my home, I managed to upload my 4GB data to Google Drive from the internet cafe. Then, I manually copied files to Google Drive folder on my home computer and started ...
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Why is Kaspersky antivirus blocking some requests to Google Drive?

I'm unable to access my Google Drive because, its just stuck at Loading... part. With the help of my brother, I found that Kaspersky Antivirus is blocking certain requests to Google Drive's servers. ...
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1answer
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Google Drive status icons not appearing in Windows Explorer

I have installed the Google Drive client for Windows. However, the status icons (green check mark, à la DropBox) are not appearing next to the files' names in Explorer. I'm running Windows 7 Pro SP1, ...
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How to backup up with CrashPlan to Google Drive?

Can you use the free version of CrashPlan to backup your hard drive, or most likely a subset thereof, to Google Drive, assuming of course you have enough available space on Google Drive? Are there any ...
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Syncing google drive in linux

I use Dropbox client for syncing files to the web, and it works reasonably well. Now I want to purchase additional storage, but Dropbox is currently twice the price of google drive space! That's ...
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2answers
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sync a folder to google drive without making another copy of it on computer?

I have around 50 gig of music residing on my non-windows partition which I want to sync to google drive but there's not enough space on my windows drive. I do not wish to move my music or make another ...
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1answer
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How to import csv file from url into Google Docs (Drive)

I have a CSV file on a server, available via http. I want to import this into Google Docs to analyse it. Is there a way to do it directly? Trying to do it via iPad, no PC. Trying to avoid the ...
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Google Language in Firefox

When ever I use Google products in Firefox the page is in Thai. I am in Thailand, but I don't get this problem when using Chrome. If I manage to find the language selector to change to English, its ...
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Share a folder between Google Drive, Dropbox and Skydrive

I use three different systems to synchronize my files to the cloud. Google Drive is for my Android tablet, Skydrive for my Windows 8 phone and Windows RT tablet and Dropbox for things at work. This ...
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1answer
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What is the “Google Drive Client Native Proxy” Chrome Extension for?

I noticed I have an extension installed, "Google Drive Client Native Proxy", but I'm not familiar with what its purpose is, nor do I remember installing it. I'm assuming it was installed by Google for ...
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Google Drive with a .gitignore like option

With git and hg, etc, you can define .gitignore file that will prevent certain folders/filetypes from being saved to the repo. Is there anything of that nature for Google Drive? In the preferences, ...
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Google drive for multiple Windows users

My wife installed the Google Drive application on her account on our Win 7 desktop. I went to install it on my Windows user (Administrator) and it will start for a second then exit. Can Google Drive ...
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1answer
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Can't save a Photoshop file on a Mac while Google Drive is syncing

I have a Google Drive folder where I keep some .psd Photoshop files. The folder is set up for automatic background Google Drive sync. When I work on a Photoshop file and save it, Google Drive starts ...
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1answer
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Google Docs Document Private Comment

I have access to a collaborative Google Docs document on which I would like to make notes in preparation for a meeting (I am not the document owner). I would like to avoid wasting paper, so I would ...
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1answer
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Force initial Google Drive sync with a non-empty folder?

I upgraded my iMac with an SSD last night and restored from a Time Capsule backup. Everything is now working substantially zippier and overall better, with the exception of one thing: Google Drive ...
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Is Google Drive's syncing and file indexing faster than Dropbox's?

I have both Google Drive and Dropbox installed on my PC. Currently, I am using Dropbox for storing files I would like to access both from home and work PC. Because there is a lot of files and folders ...
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1answer
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Sync google drive - without a client installation

Is it possible to sync files between the Google drive files which are present in the local system (Windows 7) and the Google Drive servers? Normally we install the Google Drive client on our system ...
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0answers
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How to sort Google Drive search results by title?

I find Google Drive very convenient as an online notebook to store my diary and records, that I can access anytime, anywhere. Now when I want to search for a particular string of text, the only ...
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Cannot log into Google Drive sync application or Google Sync after associating GMail account to Google+ account

I'm having trouble signing into the Google Drive desktop sync application on all the computers where I have it installed. I get the following error: The account that you entered does not match. ...
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Restoring Google Drive to a Back-up

So. My Google Drive just died. Their support staff tell me I've got to disconnect my drive and re-install the Google Drive app and use 44GBs of bandwidth to re-download everything. It's their fault so ...