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I have a zip file of about 5GB on my Desktop. I am using Mac 10.12.6. I was able to upload this zip file to Google Drive and I could see it there but I could not unzip this file on Google Drive to see the contents. It started to unzip, but after a couple of hours it terminated with an error indicating failure to unzip because of an error in the file itself:

Screenshot showing preview error

I have no problem to unzip on the Desktop just by clicking in the file. Unzipping I could see all contents so I assume that there is no error in the file itself, but rather with Google Drive. I've tried unsuccessfully to unzip on Google Drive using Zip extractor or just by clicking on this zip file (see image).

How to unzip file on Google Drive to see the files inside?

  • Yes, it is absolutely free. I mean, I supposed to have 15 GB, I have file.zip=5Gb and some article "get started" - and that is nothing else on Drive. – Somebody Nov 9 '17 at 22:25
  • so, you think that I read that I allowed to have free 15GB space, I allow to have less then 5Gb if it is zip? – Somebody Nov 9 '17 at 22:44
  • So, how to proceed? I have zip and unzip files on my Desktop and i want to use google Drive.... So far I have only zip on this drive..... could not find any contact to ask how to proceed with unzipping.... – Somebody Nov 9 '17 at 23:25
  • Unzipped is 7GB on disc and Zipped is 5.7Gb on disc and 134,810 items. Is it possible to put unzipped from Desktop directly to google Drive? – Somebody Nov 9 '17 at 23:41
  • Yes, I have all those files on my Desktop. Why is there problems just drop them in the right place in the Drive? I am wondering if this free space 15 GB is corrupted and if I pay money, I could upload? But I've already move from Dropbox to use the free space on google Drive... Maybe I should try to upload something smaller and see how it works. – Somebody Nov 10 '17 at 0:12
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You can have a look at: https://colab.research.google.com/ This allows you to run linux commands. You can connect to your gdrive using:

from google.colab import drive
drive.mount('/content/drive')

and then

!unzip -uq "drive/My Drive/PATH_TO_ZIP" -d "drive/My Drive/PATH_TO_OUTPUT"

Here uq is only used to update and be quite (quite because massive output is sometimes causing a crash in the Google Colab Notebook.

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