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I have my own Google Drive and also a shared drive from my organization.

Upon install and log in, I'm able to move what’s in my own Google Drive to an external drive where I can access files and everything.

The shared drive, on the other hand, is shown in my "Locations". If I mark anything for offline access, it gets downloaded on to the computer’s (iMac) internal disk (SSD).

I want avoid this in order to avoid wear and tear of the SSD, and also, there isn't enough space for it all. Can I somehow make Google Drive use a different path for streaming/saving files?

Currently, they are being saved to /Users/me/Library/CloudStorage/ which is on the computer’s internal drive. Yet, Google Drive reports in its settings "Folder location is controlled by macOS."

I was thinking of hardlinking that path to a location on the external drive, but I don’t want to mess it up as I am not sure if that would work properly.

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  • Exactly where or when do you get the message "Folder location is controlled by macOS"?
    – Alper
    Oct 8, 2022 at 11:23
  • In google drive's settings. Oct 8, 2022 at 13:44

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An illustration here of where one sees the message "Folder location is controlled by macOS", within google drive's settings.

screenshot: "Folder location is controlled by macOS"

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This requires you to mirror your entire drive but it appears to work.

  1. Go to Google Drive Preferences.
  2. Navigate to Google Drive(Folders from Drive) > My Drive syncing options.
  3. Change the setting from 'Stream files' to 'Mirror files'
  4. Change the save location to the desired folder on your external drive.

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