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3/17/13
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Martin Friedl

_MEI folder created at windows start

Hi,
 
I just found out that on windows the google drive tool creates a '_MEIxxxxx' folder on every startup of windows. The xxxxx is a number that differs at every startup. On my PC (with windows 7) this folder is created on 'C:\' and has a size of about 35MB. SO with every start of windows google drive occopies 35 additional MB. It looks as the content of the folder is mainly Pyhton-files.
 
Is there a way to prevent google drive from creating an additional folder with every start of windows?
 
Best regards
Martin
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Ljiljan Veselinovic
3/27/13
Ljiljan Veselinovic
I have the same problem. Since I started using Google Drive (summer last year), almost 20 GB of data was there... (folder local settings/ temp).
 
I pretty sure it is Google Drive because all folder could be deleted except one current folder that Google Drive was using. When I closed Google Drive, I could delete the folder. So, Google Drive - it's you for sure.
Chris Droge
5/21/13
Chris Droge
I'm also having the same problems. I ended up creating a batch file to delete everything in that folder and used Task Scheduler to run it daily. I really wish Google would have better support/documentation for their products.
yongl
5/30/13
yongl
Do you have Avast Antivirus on your system?  If you do try disabling "avast! Antivirus" from Windows Services and see if issue is resolved.
bcpstarsky
6/9/13
bcpstarsky
Yep mee too. Filled up my SSD with this junk
Martin Sykes
6/17/13
Martin Sykes
Same here was wondering why my ssd was getting full... 40gb of google drive temp files!
bcpstarsky
6/18/13
bcpstarsky
Same Martin, I had over 30Gb of these temp files. Definitely needs some attention!
Horia Neagu
8/6/13
Horia Neagu
It seems that Google Drive forgets to clean up after itself, it left over 15GB of data in my temp folder.
Klint
10/21/13
Klint
If you exit Google Drive by right-clicking the Google Drive icon in your Windows 7 notification area, and selecting Exit, then Google Drive shuts down properly and correctly deletes the _MEIxxx folder. Unfortunately, it leaves the folder behind if you leave Google Drive running when you log out or shut down. So, yes, it is a bug in Google Drive. It ought to terminate properly when the user logs out.
 
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