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7/22/15
Original Poster
j415howard

Selective Syncing From Google Drive to Chromebook

How do I SELECTIVELY SYNC files from my Google Drive to my Chromebook?  Is this even possible?  I want default sync OFF but also want the ability to CHOOSE individual files or folders for syncing on a case by case basis.  My Chromebook is running out of space to store everything on my Google Drive

I know other threads relate to selective syncing but the ones I found tend to go off on tangents without answering my question directly.  Thanks in advance.
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powermatt
7/22/15
powermatt
Selective sync is how it works by default on Chrome OS. If you open a Drive file in the Files app, it is synced for offline viewing. You can also right click on a file to manually sync it for offline use.

If you're running out of local storage, it may be time to reset your Drive cache. This is really only a problem if you actually use your local storage though; otherwise it will be handled automatically.

Type chrome://drive-internals into your address bar. Click the button that says "clear local cache. Reboot. That will clear out any offline synced files.
Dymphe
7/23/15
Dymphe
Hey j415howard,

Open the File Manager app.

1. Click on the Downloads folder > 3 dot menu > how much space is left on your local SSD.
2. Click on My Drive > 3 dot menu > how much space is left in your online storage.

Drive offline syncs up to 5GB or 100 files. It will start automatically removing the oldest modified files from the 
local SSD when you get to that number.This is the only way you can selectively sync and choose non Google Docs,
Sheets etc. Files like jpeg, png or PDF files or some other format via the right click context menu.

This is how is works at the moment. The way to avoid the syncing for offline is to always work in the Drive app or 
drive.google.comand only open the ones you want offline in the Drive folder in the File Manager app.

Most chromebooks have 16GB - about 7GB for Chrome OS = 9GB - extensions/apps - cache - 
files in local Downloads - offline capable app files like Keep or offline Gmail.

If your Chromebook is running out of local storage space, you either have a lot of files in the Downloads folder or 
have other User Accounts also using local disk space.

To ask for this feature you can file feedback or open a new issue here. (link shows drive offline issues)

Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar, then Help > Report an issue.... or use the keyboard shortcut.

1. alt + shift + i to report feedback
2. check the box to include screenshot (optional)
3. check the box to include system info (optional)


7/23/15
Original Poster
j415howard
Thank you powermatt:  I opened chrome://drive-internals.  There is no button labeled "clear local cache"  but there is a button labeled "clear local data" after which are listed values for "Local Changestamp" and "Local Free Space".  I clicked it and rebooted.  The aforementioned values did not change when I again opened chrome://drive-internals.
libssd
7/23/15
libssd
Howard : I'm going to disagree with, or at least expand on Matt's reply. 
  • If you have offline access enabled in Google Drive, all Google Office files (docs, sheets, slides, etc.) are automatically synced. It's all or nothing. 
  • Any file that you copy from your Chromebook to Google Drive using the Files app, is automatically available offline, and I know of no way to disable this.
  • If you use Google Drive to upload a file, it is not automatically available offline, unless you designate it.
  • With other types of files, such as images, PDFs, music, etc., you can selectively activate off-line access by right-clicking on the file, as Matt suggests. 
If this seems confusing, it is. 
lagagnon
7/23/15
lagagnon
OK, so there is no cache consuming space - what is your actual Files App telling you how much SSD space you have remaining then?
powermatt
7/23/15
powermatt
My mistake. It is a local cache, but the button does use the word "data."

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 6:33:41 PM UTC-4, j415howard wrote:
Thank you powermatt:  I opened chrome://drive-internals.  There is no button labeled "clear local cache"  but there is a button labeled "clear local data" after which are listed values for "Local Changestamp" and "Local Free Space".  I clicked it and rebooted.  The aforementioned values did not change when I again opened chrome://drive-internals.
powermatt
7/23/15
powermatt
Selden,

That was my error by omission. Typically Google Docs files take up negligible space next to images and PDFs. I assumed if it was eating a lot of space, it wasn't likely to be Docs or Sheets doing it.
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