There are probably about 20 GBs of videos that I want to keep on my own Google Drive that I found publicly available on someone's Google Drive. I tried adding the files via the option Add to my Drive but that only added a shortcut on my drive. When I check the size of my drive, It says that it's about 278 MBs including 44 MBs of GMail. How can I keep a full-fledged copy of all the files without painstakingly downloading them and then uploading them manually?


On the list of files on Google Drive, over the file name do Right clic > Make a copy

  • Thanks it worked! But all files now say copy of <filename>. I guess I could live with that. Jan 23 '18 at 13:53

After copying the file to your Drive, you can change the name of the file. Right click (or two-finger tap on a trackpad) the name of the file and select "Rename" and then you can change it to your preferred name.

  • No, what I meant was that each file now said copy of <filename>. I wanted it so that each copy said <filename> only. Feb 6 '18 at 12:40
  • As far I know, you will have to change the name of each file manually.
    – Darrius
    Mar 17 '18 at 11:44

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