Limit for Google DriveBack
Google Drive is useful for storing files in the cloud, but it now appears that Google has tried to put a limit on the total number of files you can store on your Drive. This restriction has now been reversed.
The limit was accidentally discovered by a user, but was quickly reversed. Google is now exploring alternatives and says it will announce changes to users before they are implemented.
What is it about?
Some Google Drive users have recently been notified that Google Drive will not accept new files until existing files are deleted. This applied to both free and Google Workspace and Google One subscription accounts.
The set file limit was a maximum of five million files, regardless of the size of the files. This number includes the files in the recycle bin (which is automatically emptied every 30 days). A user who had saved 7 million files says he suddenly lost access to his account and could only open his files in read-only mode.
Google introduced the limit on the number of files without prior notice. There is already a limit on the number of files that can be shared via Google Drive, namely 400,000, but there has never been a limit on storage. In response to the protests, Google has therefore lifted the limit again.
To put this number in perspective:
- 5 million files at 4 KB each take up 20 GB of storage space. If you rent storage on Google Drive through Google Workspace, you get 100 GB of storage for $2 per month,
- if you want to view 5 million files, and it takes 3 seconds to open and view a file, you have been working day and night for almost half a year…