By Ivy / Last Updated March 20, 2020

User Case

“I have files in a school Google Drive account that I want to transfer to my personal Google Drive. I share a folder to my personal account, but it does not allow me to copy the entire folder to another location. How to copy Google Drive folder to another account with any obstacle? Thanks in advanced."

Why Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account?

If you are using Google Drive, you may know that free account only has 15GB cloud storage. It’s not enough for users to store all the files and this drive may run out of space sooner or later. So, some users may create more than one Google Drive accounts and want to move Google Drive folder to another account for more space.

Also, there are other reasons, such as, copying Google Drive folder for backup, the current account is not working properly, transferring data from One Google Account to another for personal use or professional use, moving the essential files in shared folder to another account, etc.

How to Transfer Data from One Google Account to Another?

By default, Google Drive does not allow you to copy Google Drive folder to another account, but you can share your folder to another account and move all files via “Make a copy”, use “Google Takeout” or the traditional downloading and uploading.

Beside these common used ways, this article also offers you a simple and easy-to-use cloud backup server - cBackupper, and it has more advantages. Here, I’ll explain in details for you.

  • This software can transfer files between cloud storage, such as, move Google Drive folder to another drive, backup Dropbox to Google Drive, etc.

  • This software also offers you multiple flexible backup settings, such as, file filter, email notification, daily/weekly/monthly backup, etc. And these settings can save disk space, get you out of waiting processes, keep your data up-to-date, etc.

  • Besides, this software still can be used to combine cloud storage regardless of different accounts. That’s to say, if you have 2 Google Drive account, you will get 30GB could storage. The premise is to create a cBackupper account and connect all your Google Drive account.

Top Way to Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account

This is the first and easiest way to copy Google Drive folder, and you will use cBackupper in the following.

First, make preparations to transfer all Google Drive files:

1. Go to the main page of cBackupper and create an account with “Sign up” feature.

Sign Up

2. Navigate to the Clouds tab, click “Add Clouds” at the bottom of My Clouds, select “Google Drive” and click “OK” to continue, then modify display name and allocate space for backup, tick the checkbox before “Note” and click “OK” to add this drive.

Add Google Drive

Then, transfer data from one Google account to another with the following steps.

Step 1. Click “Tasks” and “Create Task” subsequently.

Create Task

Step 2. Modify the task name to distinguish from other tasks. Then, click “Add Source” and select “Google Drive” and click “OK” in the pop-up window.

Add Source Google Drive

Step 3. Click “Add Destination”, pitch on the drop-down menu, select another Google Drive and hit “OK”. Also, you are allowed to select a secondary target from the connected cloud drive.

Add Destination Google Drive

Step 4. Set backup settings and click “Start Backup”.

Start Backup

Note: As you can see from the above picture, there are some backup settings for this task. If you don’t know which one to choose, please see below, here are explanation.
Email notification: This feature is designed to free you from waiting processes and it will tell you the final result whether success or failure.
File Filter: This feature is used to exclude the file type you don’t want to backup or only contain the file type need to be backed up. To some extent, this feature help you save backup time and disk space.
Daily/weekly/monthly backup: To continuously protect your data and always keep the latest version, you need to schedule backup files or folders in Google Drive.
Specific time: This backup task is very convenient and you can set it to any time without affecting the work efficiency, such as, after 6pm or before 9am.

3 Common Ways to Transfer All Google Drive Files from One Account to Another

In the following, you will learn the common used ways, including, use “Share” feature, “Google Takeout” and the traditional downloading and uploading. For detailed steps, please see below.

Method 1: Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account via “Share”

This method only allows you to copy one Google Drive folder each time. At the same time, if you want to delete original files in the secondary Google Drive account, you need to copy files to another folder via “Make a copy” and “Move to” feature. If you want an easy way, please go back to the top way.

Step 1. Go to your Google Drive, locate the folders you want to move, right-click and select “Share” feature.

Share

Step 2. In the pop-up window, type the secondary account and set the authorization, then click “Send”. If you want to set the permission to “Is Owner”, please click “Advanced” and change the permission under the “Who has access” tab.

Send Share Link

Step 3. Log in the secondary account, go to the “Shared with me” tab. Then, select all files inside folder, right-click and select “Make a copy”. After copying, you will see a copy of the original file at the right side.

Make A Copy

Step 4. Right-click all the copies, select “Move to” and another location to store all files.

Method 2: Transfer Entire Google Drive to Another Account by “Takeout”

With “Google Takeout” tool, you cannot export data using Google Office format and you need to convert the uploaded files to Google Office format manually. For effortlessly method, you can use cBackupper.

Step 1. Go to Google Takeout, click “Deselect all” and tick the checkbox at the right side of “Drive”, then click “Next Step”.

Deselect All

Step 2. Choose the deliver method, frequency, file type and click “Create export”. Wait until the process is 100% completed.

Create Export

Step 3. Go to Gmail account and open the downlink send by “Google Download You”, then click “Download”.

Download

Step 4. Unzip the zip file and upload it to another Google Drive account via “Folder Upload”.

Method 3: Transfer Google Drive Folder to Another Account with “Downloading and Uploading”

This method is time consuming. If you want to save backup time, you can consider the top way.

Step 1. Launch your Google Drive, locate the folder you want to transfer and put in a new folder.

Step 2. Go to “My Drive”, right-click the new folder and select “Download” from the context menu. And all files will be compressed into a zip file.

Download

Step 3. Unzip the zip file and extract all files.

Step 4. Log in the secondary account, click “+” and “Folder upload” to upload the folder you want to copy.

Upload

Wrapping Things up

Speaking of coping Google Drive folder to another account, you may feel a little tricky, because all of the common used ways have disadvantages. For example, The “Share” feature only share a folder every time and Google Drive does not copy an entire folder.

This is why I recommend you free but professional cloud backup server-cBackkupper. All steps are very easy, and you can use it to transfer all Google Drive files to another account effortlessly. And you can benefit from its backup settings, such as, save disk space, keep data up-to-date, etc. Sign up with cBackupper and copy your Google Drive folder.