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I have a domain/email x@foo.com with 2 folders, photos and documents, and I would like to completely delete this domain from my domain registrar, and get rid of the old email address x@foo.com, and have everything now live under y@bar.com, in the Google Drive.

Posts online say to "share" your photos from the old account to the new account. But this results in them only showing under the "shared with me" tab in the new domain's Google Drive. I can drag the folder to the regular folder section, but then it shows it as a "linked folder" icon. I would like for the files to literally be copied over to the new account. I can't upload them as it already took me 3 months 8 hours a day to upload all my high-res photos from external hard drives, I don't want to do that all over again.

How can I properly do this so when I delete my old account it won't delete the folders/files? I don't like how sharing is feeling, it doesn't seem right. How do I do this properly?

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UPDATED ANSWER

Following OP's comment:

This does not work: Sorry, cannot transfer ownership to y@bar.com. Ownership can only be transferred to another user in the same organization as the current owner.

You may find a solution based on Move files to shared drives

When you move a file to a shared drive, the team becomes the owner of the file.

Please try the following

  1. Create a new Shared Drive inside your new y@bar.com domain.
  2. Add the old owner of your old x@foo.com files/folders as a member to the created Shared Drive.
  3. Log-in to your old x@foo.com account and move files to the Shared Drive.
  4. Log-out and log-in your new account.
  5. Find the files inside your new y@bar.com account Shared Drive :)

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Original answer

Please follow these steps

  1. Log-in to your x@foo.com account
  2. Choose and right click on your folder

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  1. Share it with your new x@foo.com account by making it an editor. Press done.

  2. Following that, right click again and change the option from editor to owner.

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  1. Log-out from your x@foo.com account and log-in to your y@bar.com account.
  2. Find and enjoy the folder in the drive of your new y@bar.com account :)

If you want to test it first, create a new test-folder in your old account and follow the above steps.
After following these steps your test-folder will "disappear" from the old account and re-appear in your new account

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  • This does not work: Sorry, cannot transfer ownership to y@bar.com. Ownership can only be transferred to another user in the same organization as the current owner.
    – Lance
    Oct 11, 2021 at 21:43
  • Please see the updated answer. Oct 12, 2021 at 2:04

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