How to quickly find out what is consuming your space on Google Drive – ABOUT MAG 2020

If your Google Drive account is running out of space, find the quickest way to find out which files are causing the problem and what you can do.

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Google Drive is one of the cheapest cloud storage solutions available. For personal use, only $ 1.99 a month for 100 GB is excellent. And if you purchased a Chromebook, you are generally eligible for updates, such as a three-year 1TB update for a Pixel purchase. Even with these large amounts of storage space in the cloud, advanced users can experience problems quickly when allocated storage is used.

What do you do? You delete files … right? While this is the obvious solution, how do you know what to exclude? What takes up more space? Are there duplicate files that can be deleted?

Google provided an incredibly useful tool for this task.

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Where’s that magic tool?

When you open your Google Drive page, you’ll see a small section at the bottom left of the screen that shows how much space you’ve used. If you hover over this, a pop-up window will appear with an exclamation point in a blue circle (Figure A) Click on the blue circle to open the Google Drive Quota page.

Figure A

Figure A

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How to access the Google Drive quota page.

On the Quota page, you can filter the results by name to find duplicate files or by quota used (that is, how much space a file occupies). When viewing the results by quota, you can scroll and delete the largest files that are no longer needed to free up space in your Google Drive account. You can select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking on the files. After selecting the files (Figure B), you can trash, view (if available) or download them.

Figure B

Figure B

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Selecting and acting on files.

This tool is especially useful when something goes a little sideways with your account. On some occasions, I found out (thanks to a rebellious Chromebook sync or In sync) duplicate uploads that ended up using more than 30 GB of space in my Drive account. Thanks to the quota tool, I was able to quickly find and fix the problem.

Don’t allow incorrect apps or services to consume your space on Google Drive – stay on top with the Google Drive Quota tool.

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Paula Fonseca