I have a large amount of files in Google Drive, which I need to organize by different criteria. I'm planning to use the feature to add the same file to multiple folders (sort of like hard links in a local file system).

However, I'm not sure what will happen to my synced computer. Will it actually make hard links behind the scenes, or will it just duplicate files? I ask because I don't want the duplicates to consume my available drive space. I haven't managed to find official documentation regarding this, either.

I'm on Windows, but info about Mac and Linux would be useful as well.


Creating a text file and then adding it to many folders, I tested them with fsutil hardlink list x.txt in both locations, but it shows no hard links, which means that, indeed, Google Drive duplicates files in multiple folders.

Guess I'll need to use selective sync not to run out of space.

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