Google Drive How to change destination folder location

Hi Guys,

 Don’t forget to +1 (right at the top) this post, if your question is answered. Else you can -1 it 🙂 This is the first article on this topic and hopefully will help you.

For one instance I thought there is no way to change once you setup your Google Drive. But I found a way 🙂 I must stop bragging because it was real common sense.

Also don’t forget to read my comparison on Drive, Skydrive, Box and Dropbox from here

Google drive -vs- dropbox -vs- box -vs- skydrive

So let me show you how to do it.

Please read details for both method and decide yourself which suits you. Method 1 is preferred in most cases as it saves you some bandwidth.

Method 1- preferred in most scenarios

Lets check the first method

  1. Quit your Google drive sync as shown below
    Google Drive
  2. Now relocate your Google Drive to whereever you like.
  3. Now start your Drive program again. You will get an error that Drive cannot locate your folder.
  4. Ok now Click on the top item in the menu as shown below
    Google Drive Error
  5. You will see this window
  6. Click on Locate Folder, and locate your Drive folder to the new location, the location you have moved your drive to.
  7. Thats it.

This method saves some bandwidth for you.

Method 2

Ok so the above method works quite well, here is another way of doing it, but this method will require an empty folder and will download everything again from your GDrive.

First left click on that little Tray Icon on the bottom right hand corner of your screen as shown below

Google Drive Tray Icon


When you click on it you will see this pop up

Google Drive Preferences


Click on Preferences

GDrive Preferences

Now Click on “Disconnect account

Your drive will now be disconnected from Google Servers,

Now click on that little tray icon again. And Click Sign In

You will get something like this

Now Sign In using you account details and Click Next button on Next screen as shown below

Google Drive First step

Next Screen is very important. Click on Advanced button on Next screen as shown below

Google Drive advanced options

When you click on Advanced Setup button you will get this

Advanced Setup

Beside Folder Location Click Change and select new location and then Click Start Sync. Make sure that the folder you pick is empty. I don’t understand the logic behind this but thats how it is now.

Now you GDrive has been relocated on your PC.


I hope this helps




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  1. Method 1 did not work. Method 2 did (Windows 10)

  2. Peter Gabor says:

    What’s wrong with you guys? Method Nr 1 stopped working, but method nr 2 does the work all right! It only SEEMS to be complicated, in fact it is not!

  3. Jaspreet,

    Unfortunately, these suggestions no longer work with the current version of Google Drive (Version 1.16.6866.4367).


  4. Andreia Alcantara says:

    Method 2 worked well for me (in windows 8.1).
    Thanks a lot for the information!

  5. Method 2 works with Windows 8.1 on my PC, Method 2 does not. Thanks for the info.

  6. Method 1 never worked, saw it at other sites and tried in vain, always same “this is not the folder ….”

    Method 2 worked with Windows 7


  7. Nicolai says:

    Step 2 works well on win 8.1 thanks a lot

    Step 2 virker rigtig godt med win 8.1

  8. Thanks for the post. It saved me a lot of time!

  9. Montgomery says:

    El ‘Método 2’ me funciona perfectamente en Windows 8. Muchas gracias.

  10. Step 1 doesn’t work. Got a ‘This is not your original Google Drive folder’ error prompt.

    Proceed with Step 2 and it works.


  11. You didn’t mention the OS. Although this seems to work for everyone both methods fail for me. I am using Windows 7 and clicking the icon only brings up explored set to the folder. Even Google does not provide an obvious answer to this question.

    Now you asking me to +1 post from the Page Header. Maybe I can’t read, or to much is assumed by others.

    • Hi James,
      ONE click should bring up the menu, try right click too. My drive is working on Win 7, 8, SBS and it should work the same way on Other win OSs too. I see no reason why it wouldn’t work as described.

      • I also cannot get to the first screen where it has a choice to “Quit Google Drive”. Right-clicking on “Google Drive” under “Favorites” in Win 7 just brings up the regular dialog box that has “Properties” at the bottom. On the web in there’s no way I can find to get the “Disconnect” etc. dialog. How is that done?

      • This is useless if you do not answer. ONE click where?

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