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moving photos from "C" drive to an external "D" drive
April 18, 2019
2:09 pm
William French
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My c drive contains app. 40 G. pictures located in a badly needed space.  2 (or more) questions: 1.  Can Google Drive be moved from c to d, and how? 2. Can photos in c  be moved to d, and how?  Google back up stopped because of not enough disc space. So, therefore, my latest photos don’t go automatically to Google Photos

April 18, 2019
9:37 pm
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A couple of questions first …

  1. Are you only backing up photos? or are there other files being synced between Google Drive and your computer?
  2. Will your drive D always be connected?

The Google Backup and Sync utility is more complex than the old “Google Drive” was. There are 2 very distinct parts to it:

  1. Copying files UP from computer to Google Drive online
  2. Copying files DOWN from Google Drive online to computer

If you are only backing up photos, then you’re only using part 1. And, if your D drive is always plugged in to the computer, then you treat a folder there just like any other folder on your computer. To tell Backup and Sync to backup from D:\mynewpictures instead of C:\myoldpictures is actually pretty easy …

  1. Find the Backup and Sync icon in your computer’s SysTray in lower right, click it then click the 3-dot menu in the upper right and choose Preferences
  2. You should see an option to “Choose Folders” click that and locate the D:mynewpictures folder you want to use. You should now see that folder listed with the folders to be backed up
  3. Now you can UNcheck C:myoldpictures and that will no longer be used by Backup and Sync
  4. Since C:myoldpictures are already backed up, I would just manually copy them all over to their own folder on your D drive and delete them from C

If all of this is confusing … you’re not alone! Please review the following video, paying most attention to the second half about the settings. Then get back to me with more questions.

500.GP-Install Backup and Sync for Windows

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