According to what is said in the question, the deletion of the directory that was deleted years make that the files contained by it become "orphaned files".
When you "remove" them from your Drive they will be sent to your Trash. From there you could permanently deleted. While the file is on the Trash collaborators might find it but they ...
Inspired by Hamza Safdar's answer, I created an end-to-end Colab for those who are not familiar with Python and Colab at here.
In case people can not access the Colab above, I also add the code as follows:
#@title Deeply copy shared folders in Google Drive
from google.colab import drive
print('Mounting Google Drive...')
Judging by the discussion referenced by Merchako, this is nothing like the Mac "alias" function (based on the UNIX concept of a "link"), so beware!
It appears that every instance of the file in your Google Drive system of folders, including the original upload, will be trashed if any one them is. In other words, on the Google Drive, ...
Nowadays the published to the web URL from a Google Document can't b used to make a copy / download the corresponding Google Document. If you are able to contact the document owner ask them to share the document with you.
Publish a document, spreadsheet, presentation, or drawing - Google Docs editors Help
With Android using Google Drive App:
Navigate to the photo
Select SHARE and change WHO HAS ACCESS to ANYONE WITH THE LINK
Copy the Link and paste it into any messaging application or email text
I imagine it is a similar process with Google Drive App in IOS.
It definitely is possible, but it's clunky! (You're going to love this
The process is: Download the Google Doc as a Microsoft Word Document or LibreOffice document (my preference), then choose some special print settings to print as a PDF with the comments.
Use Microsoft Word to help
For the MSWord option, read here: https://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/how-...
I've made some progress in understanding this issue:
there is definitely a few minutes of delay before recursive sharing has its final effect on the response from the API,
sharing is recursive but limited to items I have an editing access level upon (because sharing is considered an editing action). In my case, I had write access over the top level ...