Related to another question of mine about Dropbox, I'd like to know if a shared folder on Google Drive occupy space even in the accounts of the "receivers" and not only in the "sharer" one.


"A" creates a folder whose total size is, let's say, 200 MB; the total storage space of "A" is of course reduced by 200 MB; if "A" shares this folder with "B", "C" and "D", even their total storage space is reduced accordingly, or the folder is considered to be "owned" only by "A", and only his account is affected?


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No, the file will only take up space in the owner's account.

Here are the file details from a file that was shared with me in Google Drive.

Shared file in Google Drive, as seen by the share recipient


The owner account appears to be the one who uploaded the file. In other words, if a folder is shared by someone else, giving you read/write access to the folder, but you upload a 2GB file to it, then the 2GB file is owned by you and goes against your storage limit; not the storage limit of the folder owner.

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    +1 This is the correct answer. A collaborator has a large quota and shared a directory with me. When I upload files, it counts against my (small) quota. Aug 27, 2021 at 20:54
  • Yep this is the correct answer, not sure if they changed it in the intervening time Sep 1, 2021 at 2:42

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