Yesterday I joined the Google Photos new service.

I selected huge libraries ( images and videos) and dragged them to the browser for upload.

It is already taking 3 days now (uploading)

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what if my computer goes shutdown for some reason ?

I know that I will have to do it again since it doesnt skip existing files.

Is there any solution to this scenario where browser is closed / computer gets shutdown /reset or something ?

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    The web upload is okay for a few files, but if you have hundreds or thousands you really should download and install the Desktop Uploader. – ale Jun 3 '15 at 1:45
  • Mind you that the Desktop Uploader will most likely not detect date and time of videos. It will mess up your timeline. Alle videos will appear to be taken today. Just drag you entire archive using the browser to Google Photo. It works fine for 100GB+. That way the date taken of video will be maintained. Date taken of pictures are maintained by the Desktop Uploader just fine though. – Christiaan Westerbeek Jan 17 '16 at 17:08

I was wondering the same thing when I had to shut down my computer yesterday during a 3000+ photo transfer. It seems to skip duplicates now that I upload them again. I tried just uploading a folder of ~20 photos that were already on my google photos and it chugs through them as usual (uploads them) but there's just one copy in my library so it seems to have some way of skipping duplicates.

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  • Did it upload the whole file and then saw it is a dup , or did it send a CRC or something before - to check if there's already a file on the server ? – Royi Namir May 31 '15 at 10:28
  • @RoyiNamir It definitely detects duplicates much faster than uploading new photos. I'm sure it sends some hash of the photo or something first before uploading it. – Jer Jun 8 '15 at 18:32

I dragged a folder into the browser, and then dragged the same folder in again. It uploaded dupes for all photos. This was the first day it came out.

I started uploading a larger folder of 60,000 images and my browser wound up getting closed. When I dragged the folder in again, it started uploading the 60,000. I can't verify it did/didn't upload dupes.

Instead I stopped that upload immediately and downloaded the desktop client. It's just uploading the remaining 47,000.

Edit: the number just changed to 57000, IDK what to think now. Will post back in a few days when I see what chaos I just created.

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  • So what happened with your upload? I am uploading same numbers of pictures. Problem is - why we family travel, my phone uploads pictures automatically, but later when we collect all camera pictures, all phones and tablet pictures, I may end up uploading pics from my own phone twice - once automatically and second time - having all trip collection uploading. Any way to skip duplicates? – Display Name Jul 21 '15 at 13:11

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