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How to sync Drive from desktop with File Stream

google drive It offers us the option of File Stream, which will allow us to save all our files automatically in the cloud or on the desktop. It is an important tool for both personal and business use, so if you want to know how to sync Drive from desktop thanks to File Streamwe will detail it in a second.

Steps to get File Stream

  1. First of all disable the antivirus, including Windows if you use Windows 10this is due to the fact that the application will need access to the Internet, and the antivirus will be able to interpret that it is a Trojan.
  2. To do this go to Virus and threat protection > Virus and threat protection settings > Manage settings and deactivate the protections that you will see on that screen.
  3. You will need to download the application and install it, there is a version of Windows and one for Mac. Remember to start the installation in administrator mode with the right button.
  4. In addition, it will also ask you for a Google suite accountwhich is the version for companies of Google.
  5. Finally, you will have to give access to File Stream in your Google Suite account. You can do this from the Google administration console, following this route; Applications > Google Workspace > Drive & Docs settings > Features & apps > More controls.
  6. If you work for a company, ask the administrator to give you access, since you won’t be able to do it from your terminal.

How to turn on folder sync with File Drive

Once you have the program open and the session started, what remains is to synchronize your data with the cloud:

  1. Sign in to File Drive.
  2. open the folder Drive File Stream which should appear on your desktop.
  3. This folder works similarly to the ones in OneDrive; everything you move to that folder will be uploaded to the cloud and backed up.
  4. When you have uploaded them, you can see if they have been properly synced going to the task bar and clicking on File Stream.
  5. You will get a list of the last synchronized files.
  6. From then on, you will be able to access all those files by opening the folder File Streamsaving all the changes you make to it.
  7. To pause the sync, just go to File Stream > Settings > Pause sync.

Fix error: “This version of Drive File Stream is already installed”

This happens if you have previously installed the program and removed it. Try deleting the Windows folder:

  • %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS

If it still doesn’t work try the following:

  1. Press Windows+R and type regedit
  2. Go to edit > find and copy and paste this {430FD4D0-B729-4F61-AA34-91526481799D}
  3. Delete the folder that appears.
  4. Restart your PC and install Drive File Stream again.