Google drive is terrible software for backing up your files. I'm now trying to get rid of it but am having a hard time getting back all the gigs that it devoured. I read the recomendations for doing so here:


I was backing up 20 gigs worth of dating on my mac with google drive. I moved those files to external hard drive, deleted google drive but till now I have not got back any of the gigs that it devoured. In fact, I have not freed up any space on my laptop since I deleted google drive. I cannot access any of the docs that was contained in those 20 gigs but I have just as much free space on my laptop as before.

I should also add that there are a lot of companies out there claiming to clean up your mac. I'm not using any of them since I believe them to be malware.

  • Do your backups contain the files you wish to clean up?
    – bmike
    Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 10:13
  • if you mean when i log onto drive.google.com and the files are there which i recently deleted from my laptop, then yes. i'm going to move them onto two hard drives then delete them from drive.google.com - we'll see if that works
    – bobsmith76
    Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 10:30
  • ok, finished deleting files from drive.google.com - that didn't change things.
    – bobsmith76
    Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 10:49

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I solved the problem with this command:

rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/DriveFS/[0-9]*

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