By Ivy / Last Updated September 14, 2020

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User Case

“I need to duplicate an entire folder on my Google Drive once a week. There are about 25 files in the folder. What is an easy way to do this?”

Google Drive does not allows you to copy the entire folder and its contents while using web-based app. And only when you select all or multiple files rather than an entire folder, you will see the option “Make a copy”.

So, you can copy files via “Make a copy” and “Move to” or “Shift+Z”. Both of them can achieve the same effect whether you want to copy files to another drive or shared folder in Google Drive.

Top way: Google Drive Copy Files to Another Folder using Google plugin - Copy Folder

Step 1. Go to google chrome web store and add it to your chrome.

Step 2. Launch Copy Folder. Click “Visit Website” and “REVIEW PERMISSION”, then sign in with your Gmail and authorize Copy Folder.

Visit Website

Step 3. Click “SEARCH YOUR DRIVE” and select a folder you want to copy, then click “Next” to continue.

Search Your Drive

Step 4. Modify the name of copied folder and click “Next”.

Step 5. Tick checkbox under Permissions and select Copy to option, then click “Next”.

Choose Options

Step 6. Click “Copy Folder”.

2 Common Ways: Google Drive Copy Files from One Folder to Another

Before copying files to another folder in Google Drive, you need to get something important. The “Move to” feature will remove the files from its original location while the “Shift+Z” does not. So if you are going to use “Move to” feature, you need to make a copy of the original files at first.

Method 1: Use “Make a copy” and “Move to” feature

Step 1. Go to your drive and select all files by clicking “Ctrl + A”, then right-click it and select “Make a copy”. After copying, you will see the copied file at the right side of the original file, and its name is “copy of “plus the original file name.

Make A Copy

Step 2. Right-click all the copies, select “Move to”.

Move To

Step 3. Click the left arrow symbol until the drive page, select “My Drive” or “Computer” and one of its sub-folder, click “Move Here” at last. Also, you can directly click “+” at the lower left corner to create a new folder and save these files.

Method 2: Use “Shift Z”

Step 1. Right-click the files you want to copy, then press and hold “Shift + Z”.

Step 2. Select “My Drive” or “Computer” and one of its sub-folder as destination, then click “Add Here”.

Drive

Add Here

Google Drive Copy Files to Another Folder Is Not Enough

Why copy files to another folder in Google Drive is not enough? Here are 3 main reasons in the following.

First, Google Drive free account only has 15GB cloud storage but you need more space. With increasingly files and folders, the space will be filled up sooner or later and you will no longer be able to store files in Google Drive.

Second, making a copy of files in the same account may result in data loss. Many users make copies of files in Google Drive just for backup but all your files will go forever if the drive run into issues.

Third, it’s a little tricky to keep a copy of files up-to-date. To keep the latest version of your files, you need to manually copy files from one folder to another in Google Drive after you make any changes to the files.

To completely solve above problems, you can transfer files in Google Drive to another account via free cloud backup server - CBackupper.

Copy Google Drive Folder to Another Account with CBackupper

Before speaking the topic, I will briefly introduce CBackupper to you.

CBackupper is a free but professional backup server for cloud storage. You can use it to transfer files between cloud storage, such as, copy Google Drive folder to another, backup dropbox to google drive, etc. Also, it also offers you flexible backup settings, such as, email notification, file filter, daily/weekly/monthly backup, etc.

Besides, you can use it to combine cloud storage for all your cloud drive, and you will no longer worry about the storage. The premise is to create a CBackupper account and connect your cloud drive.

In sum, this software can help you get more cloud storage, ensure data security, and keep files up-to-date.

Then, see detailed steps to transfer files to from one account to another.

Step 1. Create an account and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Go to the Clouds tab, click “Add Clouds” in the lower left corner, select Google Drive and click “OK”. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Double-click the name of Google Drive and change it as you like. Then, click “Allocated” and set the backup files storage space. Here are 3 available options in the following, you can select any of them. After that, tick the checkbox before note and click “OK” to finish this process.

Modify Confirm

Allocated Space

Step 4. Click “Tasks” tab and “Create Task” in order.

Create Task

Step 5. Click “Add Source” and tick Google Drive, then click “OK”.

Add Source Google Drive

Step 6. Click “Add Destination”, then select another account by clicking the drop-down menu and click “OK”. Also, you can select a secondary target if your Google drive does not have enough space.

Add Destination Google Drive

Step 7. Click “Schedule” and select daily, weekly, monthly. Also, you can click “Settings” and enable email notification and file filter.

Schedule

Step 8. Click “Start Backup” and wait until the task is 100% completed.

Written in the End

Here, the article is over. You may already know how to copy files to another folder in Google Drive. You can use Google Plugin “Copy Folder”, “Make a copy” and “Move”, or “Shift+Z”.

But you have to be aware of that coping files from one folder to another in Google Drive is not enough. You’d better connect all your cloud drive to eBackupper and move files to another Google Drive account or a different cloud drive. Also, you can set a schedule settings to keep your files up-to-date.