I have Google Drive application keeping my local Google Drive folder always in sync with the cloud.

I have recently received a warning of "few storage space", where it tells me I have 10GB plus occupied by Google Drive:

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However, my local Google Drive folder has only a bit more than 5GB:

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Is there anything I am missing? How can I find out where this hidden gigabytes are coming from?

  • Your Google drive folder does not include email/photos... – TheXed Apr 19 '16 at 16:13
  • @daBoss yeah, but even considering this, it's 10GB remote vs 5GB local... – heltonbiker Apr 19 '16 at 16:24
  • Have you logged into drive.google.com and compared the contents? – acejavelin Apr 19 '16 at 16:50

One theory is that there is a bunch of stuff in the Trash for Google Drive that was deleted from your local folder, but still counting against your total

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  • Seems likely. I opened my Thrash folder, and there are indeed a lot of files and folders. I'm going to delete them permanently and see what happens, thanks so far! – heltonbiker Apr 19 '16 at 16:28
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    Click "Trash" icon, then expand the menu "Trash" and select "Empty trash" to empty entire trash. Wait several minutes, refresh Google Drive web site and the total used storage will decrease. – Evgenii Feb 20 '17 at 22:02
  • Also consider the possible revision history for each file. – Avatar May 27 at 8:56

Drive storage is shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Are you storing a heap of photos or emails?

  • This was voted down, but in my case this was the actual issue. Thanks. – AudioDroid Jan 26 '20 at 17:11

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