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How to Find the Hidden ‘Orphaned’ Files Eating Your Google Drive Storage

Life Hacker: “If your Google Drive is constantly, inexplicably overflowing, you maybe be among those users may be losing out on their storage space due to a glut of hidden, “orphaned” files. Files become orphaned when their parent directory is deleted but the file itself is not. For example, if you upload a document to a folder in your friend’s Google Drive but your friend deletes the folder later on, the file you uploaded remains in your Google Storage and counts against your data limit, even though it is no longer directly accessible. While this is a rare phenomenon, Google Music’s recent shutdown has dramatically increased the possibility users have orphaned music and podcast files that weren’t properly deleted before the service closed, as users in this reddit thread have discovered. Luckily, there are ways to find and remove at least some of those unhoused files…”

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