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April 28, 2020
3:06 pm
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Richard Pascoe
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I have Google Photos under two different email accounts. They are, as far as I can figure out, the same. How do I delete one. In doing so do I need to do anything with back up and sync?  

I have Google drive but as far as I can determine I don’t need it.  Can I simply remove it?

l have downloaded One Drive In the past but it is a mess with many duplicates. Would it be best to delete and reload? if I reload should I back up from google pictures or the native pics on my pc. I not sure all the native pics are still there
Thank you, Rick

April 28, 2020
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Wow – lots of different accounts. That’s something to unravel. Did you watch our Button Show Episode 137 all about accounts?

1. Google accounts. If you really have two accounts with the same content (photos, email, files in drive, youtube …) then you can delete one account

2. Google Drive – this is part of your Google account, so if you delete a Google account, the Drive files that were part of the account will be deleted – but be careful because it also deletes the email, photos, and browser links and passwords associated with that email.. If what you’re talking about is a Google Drive on your computer, then you need to see what files are in the Google Drive folder. If there is nothing you need then, sure, delete it.

3. OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service and it can also store photos and all other types of files. It is set up automatically on Windows 10 computers, so you have to be careful there too. You don’t want to delete too much.

Take one at a time and tell me more.

April 29, 2020
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your reply: 

I continue to get googledrivesync.exe which has been running for almost 24 hours. I have no idea what it is.

That sounds like you have an old version of Google Drive on your computer. If you click in the lower left of a windows screen (the search bar next to the Windows logo) you can type Drive to search for anything on your computer – Type Drive. Assuming it comes up with an App called GoogleDriveSync, you should then see a link to Uninstall. Click the screenshot below to see what I mean.

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April 29, 2020
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I need some clarification before I continue. Correct me if I’m wrong.

I like photos.google.com. I want to use this for my pics. I want to use One Drive for everything else ie documents, etc. 

I have an external hard drive and have a full backup.  I also have an iCloud backup. I know this is all overkill but I’d get started with something and get lost before I got everything in place. 

My questions:  Do I need Google Drive for anything?  If no I’ll get rid of it. 
                         If I do need Google Drive how do I get to the page where I set up what I want to back up. 
                         Do I need googledrivesync.exe for any reason?   Do I need back up and sync, is it working on my devices?
Thanks for your patiences,

 

Rick

                         

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My questions:  Do I need Google Drive for anything?  If no I’ll get rid of it. 
No, you don’t need Google Drive for anything. Not for anything photo related anyway.              

If I do need Google Drive how do I get to the page where I set up what I want to back up.
That would be Google Backup and Sync   Here is one of my videos: 

Do I need googledrivesync.exe for any reason?   Do I need back up and sync, is it working on my devices?
No, googledrivesync is old, Google Backup and Sync is its replacement. You want Google Backup and Sync only if you have thousands of photos on your computer that need to be uploaded to Google Photos

If you take all your pictures with smartphones, then the Google Photos app on the smartphone is all you need. On a computer, there is no app, you just go to the web page Photos.Google.com and log in to see all your photos.

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