Delete or restore a shared drive and its files for your users

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To delete a shared drive you manage, go here instead.

As an administrator, you can delete and restore shared drives from your Google Workspace admin console. You might do this if you need to free up storage and know that a shared drive is no longer used, or if a shared drive has content that violates your organization’s data policy.

Delete a shared drive

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu ""and then"" Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenDrive and Docs.
  3. Click Manage shared drives.

  4. Find the shared drives you want to delete. If you have many shared drives, you can filter the list by shared drive name or other attributes.
  5. To delete a single shared drive:
    1. Point to the shared drive and click Moreand thenDelete.
    2. Check the confirmation box and then click Delete Shared Drive.
  6. To delete many shared drives:
    1. Check the box next to each shared drive you want to delete.
    2. At the top, click Delete.
    3. Check the confirmation box and then click Delete Shared Drives.

Deleted shared drives remain visible in the list of shared drives in your admin console for 30 days after you delete them. They're listed with a status of Deleted.

Restore a deleted shared drive or files deleted from the shared drive

If a shared drive was deleted and needs to be restored, you can restore it if it was deleted within the last 25 days. You can also restore files that were deleted from a shared drive.

Before you begin: If you restore many 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 them is canceled.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu ""and then"" 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. Point to 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:

    • If the user who deleted the shared drive and the admin restoring it are in different time zones, it's possible that data might not be restored. This may be because there is a time zone difference, even though the day is the same. To make sure this doesn’t happen, either include a time buffer, or consider the time zone difference when selecting the date range.

    • You can only restore items that were removed from the shared drive's trash within the last 25 days, even if you have Google Vault retention policies in place. For details, go to Retain files in Drive with Vault.

  7. Click Restore Data.

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