Restore deleted shared drives or their files

As an administrator, you can restore files that were deleted from a shared drive. If the entire shared drive was deleted, you can also restore the shared drive and its contents. Doing so restores the folder structure and the files it contains. To restore individual files and folders in a user's My Drive, go to Recover deleted files and folders for Drive users.

Before you begin

Make sure that Drive is turned on for your organization. For details, go to Turn Drive on or off for users.

Restore files or shared drives

Note: If you restore a lot of files or folders at once, it might take some time to restore all the items. If you start a restore while another one is in progress, one of the restores will be cancelled.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenDrive and Docs.

  3. Click Manage shared drives.

  4. (Optional) Click Add a filter to select a filter option, such as No members or Date created
  5. Hover over a shared drive and click the Restore button.
  6. Select a date range for the data restore. If you're restoring a shared drive and want to restore all the files that were in the shared drive when it was deleted, you must select the date it was deleted up to the current date.

    Important: You can only restore items that were removed from the shared drive's trash within the last 25 days, even if you have additional Google Vault policies in place. For details, go to Use Vault to search Google Drive.

  7. Click Restore Data.

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