Friday, August 16, 2013

The Google Drive Saga Continued


The Google Drive catastrophe story continues.

Let me start by saying that I've always had a great affection for Google and so my following words are not published easily.

It's sort of like having a Girlfriend/ Boyfriend who you thought was fantastic.  But over time they begin to let you down.  Despite this new behaviour you continue to give them /every chance/  but you eventually realise the time when you will be happy to have them out of your lives.

And so back to Google Drive.  After June 29th  when I found some important differences between the local PC server and Cloud Storage Google Drive images I had to [expensively] revert back to Server only storage.

Then the plan was that thought July I'd experiment back with Google Drive and get it working again, and our relationship would be restored.

So it is about 7 weeks later and 

THE RECONCILIATION IS NOT HAPPENING!


The recovery plan was:


  • Moved all files away from Server Directory G:\*\Google Drive


  • Now disconnect Google Driver


  • Without deleting any host files
  • Now reconnect, and it needs to redownload all files


Now it is downloading 500,000 files
(no new files added to Google Drive area whilst this occurs



After 2 weeks!!

Saturday 20130810




It was on the last sync of 50,000 files  (out of about 500,000)

Restarted



In fact all of the 48,026 files are missing.  Looking at the filenames they are duplicates of valid names  (notice the (1) part of the name)

Recall during the time of the file sync NO file activity on the PC drive, well or for that matter Google Storage on Cloud




Notice on PC hard disk that an additional directory is present that is not on host so delete local directory, thus manually trying to sync



So I did that, now Google Drive is further confused.  It seems to consider the 200,000 files stored in wiki to need re-syncing, or at least re-evaluating (Recall that before the total was down to below 50,000).  Somewhat inconsistent, right!

In the middle of the sync of 200,000 I performed a normal stop whilst 98,000 files remained to be sync'd

Then a restart of Google Drive


After almost a further 24 hours:



Restarted and it now says 39814 files to be synchronised.  Just before crashing it HAD synchronised upto and including all of the previous total which was 98,000 or so


Getting worse.  It now just wants to Disconnect.   And then if you try to reconnect you must start with an unpopulated drive!  That would mean starting again from scratch, which is what I did before.


So now I'm resorting to isolating the directories from the cloud that can't seem to sync with the PC and excluding them.  For Google Drive you can only select everything or exclude one or more top level directories inside your drive ...


Example exclude website from synchronising but sync everything else.

Now on completion of this sync it transpires the directory that I unchecked  (and also deleted at the host) is marked by Google Drive as 'missing'.  It now wants me to disconnect and start again.

I tried it twice, and yes, no other option

So after 2 weeks of leaving the server on, even getting out the Air Conditioner (to keep the computer cool), and all this merely to get the Cloud 100GB in sync with the host.

IT IS STILL NOT FRIGGIN WORKING

I JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT


GOOGLE: YOU NEED A PRODUCT THAT JUST WORKS, HERE EVEN WITH EXTENDED MANUAL TWEAKING, IT JUST DOES NOT WORK.



And the final insult ...   I took all the host files and moved them to the BIN.  But there is no way to delete the files out of the BIN all at once.  Delete 100 files at a time from the 500,000 in the bin.  Great Idea Google!  I posted to Google here.  And by the way here is the link to the Drive Forum