I refreshed my Windows PC but kept old files. Some old files hadn't synchronized with Google drive. It now notifies me, that it's going to make copies.

How can I replace the files from the cloud with local files?

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I found a way to fix conflicts manually when GD copies the files and you don't know which ones.

Go to your google drive folder where it is installed. Find the folder for your user.


There, find a file called: sync_log.txt and open it with notepad or any basic text editor like notepad.

Search for "conflict". It will find the lines where there was a conflict. You can see exactly which file was conflicting and what's the name of the new file


2017-10-16 13:17:22,721 +0200 WARNING pid=7180 1212:Worker-2
filename_manager.py:339 Filename truncated or found a conflict. Renaming u'\\?\D:\path...\google drive\file.extension' to u'\\?\D:\path...\google drive\file.extension (1).mel'

Where file.extension is your file (thing.jpg)

  • Ok, you found it, now what? How does this fix it as you claimed?
    – vanowm
    Commented Aug 17, 2019 at 13:09
  • I guess in the part they said "manually", @vanowm...
    – cablop
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 16:22

When I posted this, I hoped that there would be a better solution, but eventually I:

  1. Moved all local files form Google drive folder to another folder.

  2. Synced Google drive with empty local folder, so it downloaded everything again.

  3. Moved contents of local folder to google drive and overwrote downloaded files

  4. Synced once more

  • Maybe fine for small size, but mine is like 90GB already Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 15:08

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