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I just suffered a catastrophic data loss and I'm hoping that someone here knows how to recover lost Google docs.

I have two Google accounts: one personal, one for work. I created several files for a work-related report on my personal account, then shared the folder with my work account. Using my work account, I then moved the files to a parent directory. I received a pop-up that said that this might "cause some users to lose access." I naively clicked OK.

The result seems to be that the files no longer exist on either account.

Ctrl + Z yields a "Nothing to Undo" message.

I realize now what I should have done, but I really need to recover these files. Can anyone here help?

  • I came here because I want to intentionally make a file "unorganized"... in order to archive it (not see it in my folders), but not delete it as it was shared in a comment in order to explain something. – ahorn Feb 7 at 12:51
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After a few harrowing minutes, I managed to solve this problem. I'll preserve the thread in case anyone else screws themselves in such a manner.

  1. Using the drive which created the file, click on the information icon in the upper right.
  2. Under the "activity" tab, you should see a list of actions with the accompanying files.
  3. Click the files/folders to open.
  4. Click the dropdown menu on the title bar and select "Add to My Drive."

Voila. You're unscrewed.

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Your files are orphaned. In the Drive search field, type: is:unorganized owner:me

Or click the magic blue button on this support page.

  • In a shared folder, the owner might be someone else, so make sure to have everyone involved do this. – Yatharth Agarwal Dec 24 '18 at 15:34
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    (For some reason,` is:unorganized owner:{other person}` didn’t work for me.) – Yatharth Agarwal Dec 24 '18 at 15:34
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tldr: Refresh the page on each sub-folder (of the shared folder) that seems to be empty in your destination account.


Explanation:
Not 100% sure if my setup/condition is exactly as the OP's. My setup was:
- Destination account creates shared folder shared - Source account moves all My-Drive files and folder into shared
=> In the destination account the shared folder contains some files, some folders. Most of the subfolders were empty, no matter whether I accessed them the first time.

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