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1/23/13
Original Poster
David Woods

Automatically Delete Files From Trash

Hi,

I use google drive as a way to backup my data, but also to allow to me access my work from any device.
However, being a paying customer for Google Drive, it annoys me that I have to empty my trash to get more space,
Is there not a auto delete? or delete after xx many days for items in the trash?

Thanks
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Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager
1/23/13
Teresa - Docs & Drive Community Manager
Hi David,

Thanks for asking in the forum. We don't currently support an auto-delete function - it's important that users don't unintentionally trash files that are important to them. Hope that answers your question. 

Teresa
DAS1951
1/24/13
DAS1951
I must admit I would not be very keen on an 'auto-delete-forever' function.  Even it were user-configurable (after 1 week, one month and never, for example) I would still worry about making a mistake.

There might also be opportunuties for horrendous errors for people sharing docs, especially if sync'ing to desktops.  This forum already has a lot of people looking for 'lost' files for various reasons.  Adding automatic final deletions would only compound the problems.
StaffingExperts
2/20/13
StaffingExperts
Since when did Google become Apple? I love Google for the ability to choose what we want to do. Apple makes you use what they tell you to do.
 
GMail conversations is terrible, and in Android you cannot disable.
 
Google Drive needs to be able to have a feature to autodelete trash... I must admit that I regret switching from dropbox.
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StaffingExperts
2/20/13
StaffingExperts
For clarity,
I use google drive to backup video security footage.. The software deletes old footage, but Google Drive doesn't delete from the trash bin.
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IMPORTANT - This email is confidential, may be legally privileged, and is
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or reliance on any of it by anyone else is prohibited and may be a criminal
offence. Please delete if obtained in error and email confirmation to the
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DAS1951
2/20/13
DAS1951
Have you tried a dedicated backup service (something GDrive is not and does not claim to be)?  BTW, I don't think Dropbox is one either.
StaffingExperts
2/20/13
StaffingExperts
Dropbox worked perfectly for us.
DAS1951
2/20/13
DAS1951
From what I have heard about it it is not a 'proper' backup service (one-way sync, configurable 'recycle bin', version management, backup of mail servers, central servers and external HDDs, ability to recognise file name changes, deplyment of same software for a contemporaneous backup to external HDD or NAS, etc etc).  It may do for you, but I would not rely on it as my only backup.
DAS1951
2/20/13
DAS1951
PS.  Not least, in case of total data loss rapid restoration (to original file structure) via physically-sent HDD if volume too great for rapid file restore over internet...oh, and encrypted files online... I guess all that was covered by my "etc etc".
EJMAES1973
5/29/13
EJMAES1973
I am with you on this. I hate having to go the the web to empty the trash folder. It wouldn't bother me so much if clicking empty trash actually emptied the entire trash, but it just deletes the current list. In the past I have had to randomly go to the web and repeatedly empty the trash over the span of a few days, because there was so much data to be removed. I use Google drive as an additional backup to nightly local backups, as well as a way to access my files from any computer or my phone. I would love an option to bypass the web Trash folder. This and the popup telling me stuff is being moved to the trash folder are my only complaints I have with Google dive.
Programming Department
6/12/13
Programming Department
I am syncing an entire directory of live television programs from our local TV station to a Google Drive account. This is so the producers of the shows can download copies of their programs after they air live.
 
So, the files in that directory are overwritten daily and synched to Google Drive on an ongoing automatic basis. But the Drive product doesn't overwrite files of the same name even though that is what happens here on our local end. Drive creates a new online copy and moves the old to the trash.
 
Then I have to manually empty the trash. This is thwarting my unattended file upload plan - one that is not a professional backup.
 
I think its a way for Google to push the storage limits and persuade the customer to upgrade storage space.
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DAS1951
4/2/14
DAS1951
Salius et al, I am wondering if two types of 'deletions' are being lumped together.
 
In general the bin/trash has no auto delete. However, superseded versions of non-Gdocs files can be set to auto delete after 30 days.
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