As technology continues to evolve, people all over the world are adopting cloud storage rather than hard drives or other physical storage to keep their important data. Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storages in this era.

Google Drive, introduced by Google on April 24, 2012, is a versatile cloud storage solution designed to store, synchronize, and share data across various devices. This powerful platform enables users to create Google Sheets, Slides, and Docs effortlessly. Accessible through any device and from anywhere, Google Drive offers a seamless experience for managing your digital content.

Efficient features of Google Drive

Upon creating a new account, Google Drive starts as a clean slate with no default files or folders, providing users with a blank canvas to upload substantial amounts of data. Its key features include:

  • For a free Google account, there is 15 GB of free space shared by all Google Workspace apps. But you can purchase Google one subscription to increase storage limit to 100 GB, 200 GB, 2 TB
  • Google Drive Viewer supports a wide range of file formats to allow opening them in the web browser.
    • Images (PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, WEBP).
    • Videos (MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, WEBM, WMV, FLV, OGG).
    • Text (TXT).
    • Audios (MP3, WAV, M4A, OGG).
    • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
    • Adobe (PDF, AI, PSD)
    • Executables (EXE).
    • Archives (ZIP, RAR, TAR, GZIP).
  • Maximum file size limit to upload is up to 5 TB
  • Android device’s backups are stored in Google Drive
  • Third-party ads can be added through the Chrome Web Store and applied on Google Drive.
  • There is a deep search facility that allows to open saved items minutely.
  • While sharing the information, the user can allow to ‘can edit’, ‘can comment’, and ‘can view’ to the recipient.
How to upload files to Google Drive?

Before we move to the ways to upload files, it is important to know about the prerequisites of migrating files from File system to Google Drive.

  1. Check internet connectivity
  2. First disconnect your Google account and then reconnect it.
  3. Check storage space available in the drive.
  4. Disable all the network security components such as anti-virus, ad blockers, and firewall.
  5. Delete all the cache data.
  6. Re-check the file names, size, types, etc. and if needed, rename or resize the files.

Let us now move to the ways to upload files to your Google Drive.

Method1: Uploading to the Google Drive’s Homepage

Uploading a file to Google Drive is quite easy. Just follow the steps given here –

  • STEP 1: Login to your Google account.
  • STEP 2: Type the URL - https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive in the web browser. Type the URL in the web browser
  • STEP 3: Click the New button just under ‘Google Drive.’ Click New button just under ‘Google Drive’
  • STEP 4: Select either File Upload or Folder Upload. Select either File Upload or Folder Upload
  • STEP 5: Now, browse and select the desired files/folder. Browse and select the desired files/folder
  • STEP 6: Wait while the file is uploading. Wait while the file is getting uploaded
  • STEP 7: When the uploading is complete, a confirmation message is displayed. Confirmation message is displayed
  • STEP 8: When the file gets successfully saved on Google Drive, you can view it there. View the saved files on Google Drive
Method2: Drag and Drop

Another method that we have to support the upload of files from the File system to Google Drive is quite simple. Users must drag files from their local computer and drop them into Google Drive.

  1. Go to the file location that you want to upload.
  2. Select the files and folders and drag them to Google Drive’s website. Select the files and folders
  3. Drop them on Google Drive, and your files will be uploaded. Drop them on Google Drive

The status of the files uploaded to the drive will be shown in the bottom-right of the Google Drive window.

status of the files uploaded

Professional tools to upload files to Google Drive

Uploading files to Google Drive is a straightforward process. However, when dealing with larger files, the upload time can become significantly longer. Furthermore, a slow internet connection might halt or interrupt. Additionally, manually uploading numerous files can become impractical and time-consuming.

To ensure the accurate and efficient uploading of your files, consider a professional SharePoint migration tool. This tool is designed to seamlessly transfer offline files and folders from your computer to Google Drive, even when dealing with a substantial volume of files.

Advantages of SharePoint migration solution
  1. Migrate files from the local system as well as remote servers.
  2. Upload a large number of files to Google Drive at a time.
  3. Migrate metadata and user permissions along with other files and folders.
  4. Automate migration using CSV file.
  5. Allow filtering of the file system data by various filters.
  6. Option to migrate to SharePoint, OneDrive, and Google Drive.
  7. Support all Windows versions, including Windows server.

For migration, try the following steps to upload files and folders from file Server to Google Drive. –

  • STEP 1: Launch the tool and to start the process, right-click Google Drive on the left pane and then Add Google Drive. Select File System to Google Drive
  • STEP 2: In the new wizard, input the details asked for, such as Project Name and Authentication Type. There are two authentication methods from which you can choose to migrate files to Google Drive:
    1. through Web Authentication
    2. through Service Authentication

    Note: The web authentication method enables you to transfer local files to your Google Drive account seamlessly. Simply choose "Web Authentication" (the default option), and then specify the destination folder within your Google Drive account.

    Click Browse and select the CSV file
  • STEP 3: Now, the tool tries to map the attributes of the selected files automatically. The remaining attributes can be mapped manually. Then click Next. Mapp remaining attributes manually
  • STEP 4: Now, provide migration options (filters) as required and then click Next. Provide migration options (filters) as required
  • STEP 5: You can seamlessly transfer permissions to other users when sharing content. To do this, simply enable the Migrate Permission with sharingoption. Afterward, you can easily specify the users with whom you'd like to share the content. Click "Next" to initiate the migration process. Migrate permission with sharing
  • STEP 6: The migration process gets started and the software displays its progress. Display the migration process
  • STEP 7: Once the migration is completed, the tool shows a summary of the entire process. Click Finish. Summary of the entire process
  • STEP 8: Click Finish to exit the wizard.

With this, the files from your File System are uploaded to Google Drive.

Conclusion

Selecting the best method to upload files to Google Drive from your local computer or File System depends on your requirements and the file types you want to upload. Nevertheless, Kernel Migration for SharePoint is a reliable solution for situations like bulk data uploads, and it executes the process quickly, ensuring no data corruption or missing files. Hence, the next time you face complications when uploading files to Google Drive, don’t panic; use our SharePoint migration solution. It helps seamlessly upload data from File System to SharePoint, Google Drive, and OneDrive.

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