Why Is My Google Drive Full?

Have you ever wondered

What is taking up so much space in your Google Drive™?

I’m going to share a link in this article that lists the files stored in a Google Drive account and sorts them by size.  This helps you to identify unwanted large files taking up space on your Google Drive.  You can then decide if they are needed or not to reclaim crucial storage space.

I came across this very useful feature when one of our managed client websites wouldn’t successfully complete its backup process. 

Using the link listed below I was able to figure out what files were taking up the most space.  Next, I determined which of those large files were not needed and removed them.  This freed up enormous amounts of storage.  I then started a manual website backup and confirmed that it completed properly.  Further monitoring showed that the automatic backups continued properly from that point forward.  Success!

Danger Ahead

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Remember with great power comes great responsibility, don’t delete anything unless you are absolutely certain that you can do so without negative repercussions.

  1. Be sure you are logged in as the correct user. You may have multiple people using a computer.  You may have multiple Google accounts that you work with.  Be sure that you are checking the right Google Drive account before taking any action.
  2. Be sure you aren’t deleting something that was shared with you, or that you have shared with someone else.  If you do want to remove a shared file, then you must be sure that all of the people that the item is shared with no longer need it before you even think of deleting the file. 
  3. When in doubt, do NOT delete. 
  4. If you don’t recognize the file, or don’t know what it is for, do NOT delete it.
  5. Triple-check that your really do not need the file before you delete it.  Heck, if you aren’t absolutely 100% certain, download a copy of it to your local PC first.

Final Warning

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***  You are solely responsible for your actions.  ***

Here’s the link:  https://drive.google.com/drive/quota

If you are sure you know what you are doing, copy and paste the link into your web browser’s address bar and press enter.

NOTE:  Google Drive™ and any logos displayed are trademarks of Google and are used for educational purposes only. 

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Author:  Scott Cannon

Helping NPOs & businesses for over 30 years as a technology consultant. I now focus on helping people use their website and social media more efficiently and effectively.

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