By Ivy / Last Updated September 14, 2020


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Can you duplicate folders in Google Drive?

“I need to duplicate an entire folder on my Google Drive once a week. There are about 25 files in the folder. I try to use ’Make a copy’, but it does not duplicate entire folders in Google Drive. How do I make a copy of a folder? Any kindly advices will be appreciated.”

Google Drive

As far as I know, “Make a copy” can copy multiple files in Google Drive, but you are not allowed to copy a whole folder and its contents simultaneously. So, if you don’t mind creating a new folder to store all files you want to copy, you can make a copy of original files and move it to the created new folders. Besides, you can use Google Backup and Sync.

How to Duplicate folders in Google Drive?

From above, you may already know how to do it. But it’s not the specific steps. If you want a step-by-step guide, continue to see below and learn how to duplicate folders in Google Drive.

Method 1: Google Drive creates duplicate folders with “Move to” feature

Step 1. Go to your Google drive, then use “Ctrl + A” to select all files, then right-click it and select “Make a copy” from the context menu. After copying, you will see a copy of original files, and its name is “copy of “plus the original file name.

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

Move To

Step 3. In the “Drive” window, select “My Drive” or “Computer” and then click the folder shaped button with “+” on it, type a name in the box and click the tick button, then select “Move HERE”.

New Folder

Method 2: Google Drive copy files to another folder via “Backup and Sync” tool

Step 1. Download Google Backup and Sync, sign in your account and sync your drive to local computer.

Sync My Drive

Step 2. Open Google Drive folder on your computer, right-click the folder you want to duplicate and select “Copy”.

Copy Folder

Step 3. Go to the location you want to store Google Drive duplicate folders, right-click on a blank space and select “Paste”.

Google Drive duplicate folder is not enough

If you are using Google Drive all the time, you may know that Google Drive offers every user 15GB free space. You can use it to store any files, including, photos, audio, video, word, etc. But it’s not wise to create duplicate folders in Google Drive, because this may speed up low disk space issues. Also, you may lose your data if your drive run into issues.

If you are doing this to backup your data or keep it updated, you’d better use a cloud backup server like CBackupper and copy Google Drive folder to another account. Only in this way, the duplicate folders will not occupy the space on the same account and your data will be much safer.

Besides, this software can do more for you and I’ll introduce you some useful features.

  • Schedule: This feature is to free you from manually duplicate files and help you automatically duplicate files via daily/weekly/monthly backup settings. If you just want to make a backup, you can use “Specific time” setting. You can set it to any time, for example, before 9am or after 6pm.

  • File filter: With this feature, you can exclude or contain file types and backup files with a certain file extension.

  • Email notification: If you use this feature, you can leave without waiting for final result when you have an emergency and this software will inform you via email.

  • Combine cloud storage: This is not a real feature, but it’s very useful if you are bothered by how to get unlimited space. You just need to connect enough cloud storage to CBackupper and this software will automatically combine cloud storage.

Step by step guide: copy Google Drive folder to another account

Before copying Google Drive folder to another account, you need to sign up with CBackupper and connect both Google Drive.

1. To create a CBackupper account, you can go to CBackupper and click “ Sign up” at the upper right corner.

Sign Up

2. To connect Google Drive, you need to click “Clouds” and “Add Clouds”, then select Google Drive and click “OK”. After that, sign in your account, give access to CBackupper and allocate backup space.

Add Google Drive

Now, it’s time to copy Google Drive folder to another account. Please continue to see below and learn the detailed steps.

Step 1. Click “Tasks” and “Create Task” in order.

Create Task

Step 2. Click “Add Source”, tick “Google Drive” and click “OK”.

Add Source Google Drive

Step 3. Click “Add Destination”, select another account in the pop-up window and click “OK”. Also, you can select a secondary target if your Google drive does not have enough space.

Add Destination Google Drive

Step 4 (optional). Click “Schedule” and select daily, weekly, monthly. Then, your folder will be automatically backed up according to interval you set.


Step 5. Click “Start Backup” and wait until the task is 100% completed.

Drop it in the box

That’s all for Google Drive duplicate folders. “Move to” feature and “Google Backup and Sync” can achieve the same effect. But moving a folder in Google Drive is not enough for space issue and date security. If you want to combine cloud storage for space and prevent data loss, you can try to copy Google Drive folder to another account. It’s a great choice. Just try it for yourself.