Shared drives limits

Observe these technical limitations when migrating data or organizing content. 

Maximum items in a single shared drive

A shared drive can contain a maximum of 400,000 files and folders.

We recommend that shared drives include less than this limit. Users of shared drives with too many files can have difficulty organizing and navigating the content. For example, users might simply bookmark individual files or ignore the majority of the content.

Maximum uploads per day

After you've uploaded 750 GB to a shared drive in 1 day, you'll be blocked from uploading additional files that day. However, file uploads already in progress will complete, up to a 5 TB maximum for a single file.

Folder hierarchy depth

A single shared drive can nest up to 20 subfolders, but we don’t recommend creating shared drives with a folder structure that complex. Shared drives function, but users can have difficulty  with organizing and navigating the content. 

Instead of a complex hierarchy of folders, consider organizing content into multiple shared drives. 

Shared drive membership

 A shared drive can include a large number of individual and Google Group members. 

  • Limit for individuals and groups directly added as members: 600
    Note: A group and an individual are both counted as one member against the limit.
  • Total limit of individuals (direct members, or indirect members due to Google Group membership): 50,000
    Note: An individual who is a member of several groups that are added as direct members of the shared drive still only count as a single individual.
  • When adding members to a Google Group, the shared drive is usually displayed quickly for new members, but in rare situations, may not appear for up to 24 hours. If the shared drive does not appear after 24 hours, please contact support.

To avoid exceeding these limits, large organizations should do the following:

  • Manage shared drive membership at the Google Group level instead of the individual user level.
  • Ensure that shared drives are organized around specific projects, rather than general purpose file storage.

Hidden shared drives count toward maximum limits

If a user hides a shared drive, the files, folders, and members in that shared drive still count toward the limits above.

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