*See October 28 update for a solution to the problem described below. 

Please. Hit me over the head with a hammer. March me away, appropriately restrained.

Photo: Wikipedia

Maybe it’s time to admit the world has moved on without me, and for me to go back to books.

Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres.

I don’t use Google Drive much. It’s useful for sharing work projects, pictures and publishing blog posts. I back up to a hard drive and to a cloud storage service, so don’t need Google Drive for storage.

But Google caught me at a weak moment, I think. I have a vague memory of a moment not too long ago, when the option to upload my photos to Google Drive appeared in my email. Without thinking it through — I clicked “yes.”

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Activity began to take place. The internet slowed down.

Wait!!! Stop!!!! Changed my mind!

I hurriedly scrounged around but couldn’t figure out how to stop whatever was taking place, gave up and hoped for the best.

This week a message appeared: my free 15 gigabytes on Google Drive are used up. Dump files, or buy more space, or no more e-mail storage for me. A link provided a pie chart confirming that photos were taking up most of the space.

Maybe I only imagined allowing a change in my relationship with Google Drive. Maybe photos have been building up all along.

I tried deleting photos.

They uploaded right back in again.

I searched in vain again for ways to stop the upload. One fix: lower quality photos are stored for free (for now). Compress my photos from “Original” to “High” quality and problem solved (until Google Drive rules change).

Here’s where it might have been better to just go with the flow, compress my photos and fuhgedaboutit.

Instead, I pressed on.

Google Help forum revealed people with my problem, but volunteer experts didn’t seem to understand the question. Clearly the questioners and I were not understanding something fundamental.

Found a helpful set of instructions for “Joshua” from “Emma.”

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Thank you Emma!! Click Google Drive option, then More, then Preferences, then Sync Options, then fix.

Except there was no Google Drive icon to click on. There were “more” options, but “preferences” remained tucked away somewhere beyond my pea-brained ken.

Finally, I gave up (again) and started compressing my photos to “free-of-charge” size. That’s been happening for several hours. Hopefully the fact that it’s still going on is not a bad sign. 9 GB of free storage are empty again.  Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 2.35.25 PM.png

BUT — My question is still unanswered. How to stop the syncing altogether?

Maybe, as Bruno Mars says …


  • Nightmare. To hell with Cloud storage and syncing. I do use Flickr because they don’t compress, but it’s about the worst software in the world, and probably about to become defunct due to lack of investment from Yahoo. As I understand it, serious photographers are a bit exasperated.

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    • YEAH.

      I love my portable hard drive. In my control. At my house. I hide it now, after friends had a break-in and the thieves stole their hard drive. I use Google Drive because younger people who I work with on volunteer projects use it for joint projects, but don’t trust it. I’m beginning to sound like a curmudgeon. Eh sonny, don’t like these newfangled thingamajigs!

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  • I use iCloud and One Drive and they’re every bit as confusing to me as what you’re experiencing. On the other hand, my laptop just died and I’m waiting on a new one. Thanks to One Drive, all my files and photos can be easily pulled up on my new laptop. Or so I’m told…

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  • You are not alone. I had a similar thing happen with my phone and Dropbox and photos. Luckily, I did figure out how to stop the synching. But I have had similar situations where following the tech support directions did NO GOOD WHATSOEVER because the menus or buttons or whatever they were referring to simply did not exist on my screen or could not be found. I feel your pain!

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  • Yikes! Never mind trying to get it to sync right. Google Drive is being shut down altogether in about a month, anyway.
    I would just exorcise Google Drive altogether:
    Click the Google Drive icon, which you’ll find in your computer’s menubar at the top of the screen.
    From the drop-down menu, select Preferences.
    When the Google Drive Preferences window opens, choose Disconnect account.
    After you’ve confirmed disconnecting your account, open the Applications folder and move the Google Drive icon to your trash.
    After you’ve uninstalled Google Drive for your Mac/PC, the Google Drive folder – including the files and folders it contains – will remain on your computer. At this point, you can delete your Google Drive folder and its contents without deleting anything in your Google Drive on the web (or just delete everything and start over with a better app later).
    If you still see it in the Sidebar, control-click on it and choose “remove from sidebar.”. Now you will be able to empty your trash. Finally, search for it in Spotlight. If you run Sierra, you can hold down the CMD key on any search result in Spotlight and across the bottom of the window it will show you the file path so you can ferret out and delete any of its tentacles in your computer.
    Clear as mud?

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    • Thanks! I’ll save this. My immediate problem is solved. I dumped a ton of stuff that was duplicated, so right now, there is shared Foundation stuff (which goes away when I retire) and links to friends’ photos, so I don’t care. But any more trouble from GD and I’m following your directions!


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