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Moving files from Google Drive to Dropbox

Helpful | Level 5

I'm trying to move the files from my company's Google Drive into Dropbox. However I everything a Google Doc file is encountered (.gsheet or .gdoc) the process of copying files is suddenly aborted with not feedback to which file or even folder caused the problem.

Since we have thousands of folders to transfer I'm trying to avoid wasting a weekend weeding out Google Doc files manually.

Has anyone encountered this problem too? Is there any trick, tip I can use?

Thank you!


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Re: Moving files from Google Drive to Dropbox

New Super User

Hey @Edo-B


Checkout this link to Wiki How . I think the archive option might be the best bet.

Open your Google Account page. Go to in a web browser. This will open the Account Settings page for your Google Account if you're logged in.
  • If you aren't logged into your Google Account, click the blue Sign in button in the upper-right side of the page, then enter your email address and password before proceeding.

Click Control your content. It's under the "Personal info and privacy" heading.

  • You may have to scroll down a bit to see this option.

Click CREATE ARCHIVE. It's on the right side of the page, just under the "Download your data" heading.

Click SELECT NONE. This grey button is on the right side of the page.

Scroll down and click the grey "Drive" switch 

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. This switch, which is across from the "Drive" heading that's about a third of the way down the page, will turn blue 

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, signifying that your Google Drive files will be downloaded.

  • You can also click the grey switch next to any other Google products you wish to include in the archive.

Scroll down and click NEXT. It's a blue button at the bottom of the page.

Select an archive size. Click the "Archive Size" drop-down box, then click a size which matches (or exceeds) your Google Drive download size.

  • If your Google Drive is larger than the size selected, it will download multiple zip files.

Click CREATE ARCHIVE. It's at the bottom of the page. Google Drive will begin assembling a ZIP folder with all of your Drive contents in it.



Re: Moving files from Google Drive to Dropbox

Helpful | Level 5

It worked! Thank you so much for sharing the tip, it was a weekend saver! slightly smiling face


Re: Moving files from Google Drive to Dropbox

New Super User


So glad it worked! Glad it saved you some time and headache! 


Re: Moving files from Google Drive to Dropbox

New member | Level 2

Beware that the solution described by @atccodex will only download files owned by you! Any individual subfolder or subfile may be created by someone else inside the main folder owned by you. As such, all your files may seem to be in the archive, but you may be missing a few crucial files in some subfolder somewhere.

Google being Google, there's no easy way to transfer ownership recursively. You can see this link for a workaround that works in some cases:

The workaround did not work in our case. Luckily, we only had two owners of folders/files so those two owners downloaded their archives and we locally moved the files to all be in the same folder structure again.

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