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Remove Google Drive and all files
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Ohnow
2018-06-22 16:43:58 UTC
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PART 1

I need to remove Google Drive from my laptop.

I tried to follow on-line directions but my laptops does to seem to be
set up the same way as the uninstall instructions suggest.

I was able to Disconnect google drive through its icon in the tray but
google drive is not in the Add or Remove Programs place to be able to
uninstall.

How do I uninstall google drive ?

PART 2

I logged on to google drive through my browser and found many files
still there. May 10G worth in the TRASH. Seems TRASH counts against
the 15G free allotment.

How do I en-mass delete the TRASH ? I cannot find any way to just tell
google drive to delete all trash. I have been deleting piece by piece
and it is taking hours and still have 5G still left in TRASH.

How do I do this in one stroke ?

I am running on Win XP Pro and also have google drive synced to my Win 7
Pro too.
VanguardLH
2018-06-22 17:28:46 UTC
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Post by Ohnow
I need to remove Google Drive from my laptop.
I tried to follow on-line directions but my laptops does to seem to be
set up the same way as the uninstall instructions suggest.
I was able to Disconnect google drive through its icon in the tray but
google drive is not in the Add or Remove Programs place to be able to
uninstall.
Did you look for "Backup and Sync from Google"?
Post by Ohnow
I logged on to google drive through my browser and found many files
still there. May 10G worth in the TRASH. Seems TRASH counts against
the 15G free allotment.
When you delete from your own PC where is running their client, deleting
an item in the local Google Drive folder (that syncs via the client to
the folders in your online account) does not delete it off the server.
You must use their webclient to actually perform deletes. Using just
the client on your PC means eventually you consume your Google Drive
quota.

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/6374270?hl=en

Trash is just a name for another folder. Since the file still exists
there means it still occupies space.
Post by Ohnow
How do I en-mass delete the TRASH ?
Again, use their webclient. Login to Google Drive, click on the Trash
folder, and then click on the "Trash" folder name that has a down
chevron. When you click on the down chevron, you get "Empty Trash". I
don't know if that purges the entire Trash folder or just a page of
items at a time.
Ohnow
2018-06-22 20:42:21 UTC
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Delete trash only deletes what is visible.
Things like Ctrl-A to select all do not work.


I have now 4G of trash that I want to delete !

There has to be a way to just EMPTY ALL TRASH ! but I cannot find it.

I figured out what I wanted to do other than be able to empty all trash.

No one explains it properly on the web.

I will try https://support.google.com/drive/answer but I expect
uselessness there. As expected I just got off of that site and there
are only guesses on how to do anything by non-google people.
Post by VanguardLH
Post by Ohnow
I need to remove Google Drive from my laptop.
I tried to follow on-line directions but my laptops does to seem to be
set up the same way as the uninstall instructions suggest.
I was able to Disconnect google drive through its icon in the tray but
google drive is not in the Add or Remove Programs place to be able to
uninstall.
Did you look for "Backup and Sync from Google"?
Post by Ohnow
I logged on to google drive through my browser and found many files
still there. May 10G worth in the TRASH. Seems TRASH counts against
the 15G free allotment.
When you delete from your own PC where is running their client, deleting
an item in the local Google Drive folder (that syncs via the client to
the folders in your online account) does not delete it off the server.
You must use their webclient to actually perform deletes. Using just
the client on your PC means eventually you consume your Google Drive
quota.
https://support.google.com/drive/answer/6374270?hl=en
Trash is just a name for another folder. Since the file still exists
there means it still occupies space.
Post by Ohnow
How do I en-mass delete the TRASH ?
Again, use their webclient. Login to Google Drive, click on the Trash
folder, and then click on the "Trash" folder name that has a down
chevron. When you click on the down chevron, you get "Empty Trash". I
don't know if that purges the entire Trash folder or just a page of
items at a time.
πŸ˜‰ Good Guy πŸ˜‰
2018-06-22 21:08:37 UTC
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As expected I just got off of that site and there are only guesses on
how to do anything by non-google people.
And you thought you get Google people here on a windows newsgroup.

Are you guys completely mad? What's wrong with you guys? Why don't you
all use Linux Junk so that we don't have to deal with mad people like you.
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VanguardLH
2018-06-22 23:34:24 UTC
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Post by Ohnow
Delete trash only deletes what is visible.
Things like Ctrl-A to select all do not work.
4 GB of files only says how much space they occupy, not how many files.
Could be just 1 file at 4 GB. Obviously that's not the case with you
but it's still unknown how MANY files regardless of total size that you
want to delete. Looks like my suspicion was correct in that Empty Trash
only purges the currently listed item within a web page boundary. I ran
into this when deleting old calls in Google Voice. No idea why Google
thinks "Empty Trash" really means "Empty Trach on only the items listed
in this page".

Just to check: are you selecting the Trash folder by clicking on it in
the left pane of Drive's webclient, clicking on the "Trash" folder name
at the top which drops down a menu, and selecting "Empty trash" from
there? I've read where others say that should empty the entire Trash
folder, not just a page at a time.

Ctrl-A wouldn't help, anyway. At best, that would only select the items
listed within the current web page. That's what Empty Trash apparently
does according to your report. What is needed is a checkbox for All
Items (across all pages for the entire list). You could send feedback.

Since their local client never empties the Trash folder (because it
doesn't list all folders, just those synchronized from PC to server),
maybe they think their users will never empty the Trash folder (only
available using their webclient). Yet I remember running out of free
space and having to do what you are doing now: empty trash (for the
current page) and repeat ad nauseum until the "delete by page" finally
spans all entries.

They don't make their client work well with their service. Seems they
expect their users to use their webclient all the time which means users
would be more likely to visit the Trash folder more frequently. That
doesn't work with all users. My aunt has something like over 3000
e-mails she leaves in her Inbox instead of deleting them or moving them
into subfolders. She constantly has to use the search to find even a
recent e-mail. She would never know that she got spammed because she
subscribes to so many shit lists that it is impossible to different spam
from what she subscribed. Some users are slobs. Google enables the
slobbery by not having the client periodically or on demand purge the
Trash folder or expiring anything in the Trash folder after either a
fixed interval, like 30 days, or by some user-configurable threshold.

Microsoft's OneDrive expires items in its Recycle Bin that are over 30
days old. However, items in the Recycle Bin do NOT count against your
space quota. I just checked and the oldest item in the Recycle Bin is a
month old. Since I backup data files everyday to OneDrive, and have
been doing this for many months, I can see items in the Recycle Bin do
expire after 30 days. I only run the data file backup once per day, so
there are only 30 entries in the Recycle Bin. That is not long enough
to cause paging of the list, so I don't know if Microsoft is the same as
Google in deleting only what is listed within the current page.

Google Drive's quota is reduced not only by the files you store there
but also by the total size of all your e-mails in the Gmail account.
Google Photos also impacts quota unless you let Google compress your
photos. If Google gets to compress (reduce quality) of your photos then
those photos are not counted against your Drive quota. If you upload
photos at full resolution, they are treated just like uploaded files and
reduce your quota, well, if the photos are greater than 2048x2048 and
the videos are longer than 15 minutes. Documents created with Google
Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides do not count against your Drive
quota.

If you are trying to quickly free up some space in your Drive account,
click on the "xx.x MB of xxx used" statistic at the bottom of the left
pane. You can then click on the "Storage used" column header to sort by
size. Alas, this doesn't tell in which folder an item is held but it
will point at the fattest files to let you decide whether or not to keep
them. Within a folder, you can sort only filename and last modified,
not on size. Drive's webclient doesn't have the most robust feature
set. It is probably dumbed down for use on toy computers (aka
smartphones). OneDrive's webclient lets you sort files by size within a
folder.

I rarely use the webclients to Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. I
use the local client for synchronization between hosts to those
accounts. After reminiscining for several minutes, about the only time
that I remember using Drive's webclient was to empty out its Trash
folder because items there count against the Drive storage quota, and
that's because I hit the maximum storage quota (probably while trying to
save backups there). Never had to bother using OneDrive's webclient to
empty out its Recycle Bin which expires items over 30 days old.

For Google Drive, I have 115 GB for storage quota of which only 62 MB is
currently used. I think as your reputation builds at Google then they
dole out more space. For Microsoft OneDrive, I have 1 TB of quota
(because I subscribe to Office 365) of which I only 1 GB is used.
Obviously I don't much use any cloud storage. What if the network goes
down or I'm somewhere there isn't any network. Local storage is media
still where most of my files are found. I think the default for new
OneDrive accounts is only 5 GB and for Google Drive is 15 GB.

Big Al
2018-06-22 19:17:38 UTC
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Post by Ohnow
PART 1
I need to remove Google Drive from my laptop.
I tried to follow on-line directions but my laptops does to seem to be
set up the same way as the uninstall instructions suggest.
I was able to Disconnect google drive through its icon in the tray but
google drive is not in the Add or Remove Programs place to be able to
uninstall.
How do I uninstall google drive ?
PART 2
I logged on to google drive through my browser and found many files
still there.Β  May 10G worth in the TRASH.Β  Seems TRASH counts against
the 15G free allotment.
How do I en-mass delete the TRASH ?Β  I cannot find any way to just tell
google drive to delete all trash.Β  I have been deleting piece by piece
and it is taking hours and still have 5G still left in TRASH.
How do I do this in one stroke ?
I am running on Win XP Pro and also have google drive synced to my Win 7
Pro too.
The program is called (now) Backup & Sync. Look for that. At least
that's what it's called on Windows 10.
πŸ˜‰ Good Guy πŸ˜‰
2018-06-22 20:20:40 UTC
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Post by Ohnow
How do I uninstall google drive ?
Format the hard disk and your Google Drive will disappear from it unless
you are stupid to install it again.
Post by Ohnow
How do I en-mass delete the TRASH ? I cannot find any way to just
tell google drive to delete all trash. I have been deleting piece by
piece and it is taking hours and still have 5G still left in TRASH.
By logging into your Google Drive Account and from there you can delete
whatever you want. Have you asked them how this is done? You really
need to use their forums where you can get definitive solutions.
Post by Ohnow
How do I do this in one stroke ?
See above.
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