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10/22/13
Original Poster
Ted J

"Transferring" Ownership across domains [SOLVED!]

Hi all,  
   Currently, we cannot transfer ownership of files stored in Google Drive across domains.  For example, if you use an @gmail account and you want to transfer ownership of files to your @domain.com account (which is a Google Apps account), you can't due to legal reasons.  However, because of the wonders of Google Apps Script we now have a solution! Google Apps Script Top Contributor, Romain Vialard, has put together a tool that allows you to easily copy folders between accounts.  While this solution does not technically transfer ownership it does allow for mass copies of files which should work in place of transferring ownership. Here's how to do it:

Drive Migrator

  1. In your old Google account, create a folder and put in it everything you want to copy (you can drag & drop folders and files inside this folder directly)
  2. Share this folder with your new Google Account (read or edit access, doesn't matter)
  3. Copy the URL of this folder
  4. Log into your new Google account
  5. Open the app with your new account and paste the URL of the folder, then press start
If you have any questions or would like to provide any feedback on this app, please comment below.  To find more information about his app, and other solutions created by some of the Google Apps Script Top Contributors, please see their website. Enjoy!

Cheers,
Ted J
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Maxim Lobovsky
10/22/13
Maxim Lobovsky
Hi Ted,

If it doesn't transfer ownership, is this any different from simply sharing those folders with another user?

Thanks,
Max
10/22/13
Original Poster
Ted J
Hi Maxim,
  Yes it is different because this tool will make a copy of the shared folder.  Once the copy is made all files in the folder will be owned by the new account.  This could be done before but you would either have to manually make copies of each file individually or move folders in and out of Google Drive for desktop which if done incorrectly can result in lost or deleted files.  This method creates a complete copy in 5 easy steps with the result of basically the same as a transfer of ownership.

Cheers,
Ted J
Betar Bangla
10/27/13
Betar Bangla
Hi Ted,
the script looks gr8, however it is not allowing me to do the copy. it says: 'there is no destination by that link or i do not have access to the folder'
is it something to do with Consumer Drive users and Premier drive users?

my issue in brief:
I had uploaded at least 30 sound files to my the drive (B...@gmail.com) and shared with another account - B...@gmail.com, and in turn moved it to the drive of B...@gmail.com.
Now when I deleted the files from B...@gmail.com, I found that these got deleted from B...@gmail.com drive !  This defeats my whole purpose of archiving the files. When I restored the files from B...@gmail.com's 'trash' folder, they showed up on the B...@gmail.com drive as well.
These are very important files, and from now on i can manually upload these to the B...@gmail.com drive, but the 30 files already i the shared folder is the issue.
can you help? I am a consumer drive user
Thanx
BB
P. Daniel Knabb
10/27/13
P. Daniel Knabb
I just finished manually transferring my files from my Gmail to my Google Apps account, so I didn't have a chance to try this.  I may in the near future, because I'm likely changing domain names.

I have a quick question, though.  I have Google Apps for business with the BAA for HIPAA compliance and it restricts the apps that can be used to the default apps (Calendar, Drive, Contacts, etc.) + Vault.  Would I be able to use this application?
Tickmc
10/27/13
Tickmc
Thanks Ted J,

A very useful option.

- Mike
JON SCAMPTON
11/11/13
JON SCAMPTON
DOESN'T WORK
Jason Kroening-Roche
11/11/13
Jason Kroening-Roche
I'm also having trouble with this.  Now that google has created a sort of dual sign-in system I wonder if this is creating trouble.  No matter how careful I am with which account I'm signed into, closing tabs and such, it is creating the folder in the original account instead of our new google apps account.  It is also failing repeatedly.  That's my story.
11/11/13
Original Poster
Ted J
Hi guys,
  If you are having trouble make sure that you are using a completely different browser or a Google Chrome Incognito window when signing into the second account.  Please let me know if that doesn't solve the issue.

Cheers,
Ted J
Google user
11/11/13
Google user
New problem: when I am trying it in an incognito window, or anywhere for that matter, I'm getting the following message: "We're sorry, a server error occurred. Please wait a bit and try again."
dkoslow
11/11/13
dkoslow
Works like a charm for me - many, many thanks! You saved me a *ton* of time.

For the record, as a matter of documentation I didn't realize I had to go to the app page mentioned at the top of this question after logging into my destination Google account in order to kick of the copy. Might be good to include a link to it in the documentation on the main site.
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Vivian Fu
4/15/14
Vivian Fu
Well,I still do not get it.
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