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How can I completely prevent the new Google Drive app from mounting the Google Drive folder as a virtual drive? As in, stop it from mounting to any drive letter. This "feature" is pretty useless for me and just clutters up explorer.

Unrelated, but Backup and Sync had an option to disable syncing all USB devices. Now it must be done one by one as they are connected. How can I disable syncing for all USB devices, current and future?

So far the new app seems to be exclusively be a downgrade in functionality. Not happy.
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It's also adding a new quick access link on every launch, and even deleting the entry results in it just being added back in.
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I agree with this wholeheartedly. I swapped over a few minutes ago and it seems to just be removing all customization and cluttering up things.

Please let us manage our own computers!
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That isn't a helpful answer. I've been in I.T. as a director for more than 15 years and this new Drive circumvents nearly all non-registry hack ways of hiding a drive. Encouraging people to edit things that could potentially brick their system is not a good answer to this horrible "feature".
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I really like that the mounted virtual drive doesn't even point to the actual folder, but instead to a shortcut to the folder.

Anyways, from the business-side I'm really glad we have no plans to utilize Gdrive, and on a personal-side this was the last kick I needed to move to an alternative service.
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Have the same issue, this forced 'feature' is dumb. The old backup and sync doesn't require it and it's working fine.

Anyone want to get rid of it please click the feedback icon to report it!
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I updated to Google Drive Desktop a few hours ago, had the same issue with the extra drive and also the pinned quick access zombie google drive that kept coming back after I deleted it every restart. I did some quick research and found another online storage that gave me 20GB of free storage (you can find that for yourself, not sure what the moderation rules are around here - my first day on google help). Now I have the same functionality of the old gdrive backup and sync, more storage, better privacy. Copied and pasted my entire google drive into that online storage. I've been using google drive for years, so way to go Google. Now I just need to ditch gmail, and I'll be outta here :/
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Ever since Google Drive forced my to use a mirrored drive letter, my open & save dialog explorer has been lagging for seconds every time. It's driving me crazy (especially after spending 2000+ euro's on a fast machine and connecting to a fiber-connection).
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Agree with everyone else here, this is so dumb and give the impression you have no one thinking about the UX here at all... was this even beta tested with real users? I don't need 3 more useless ways to access my Google Drive folder cluttering everything, especially when it treats me like a handicapped iPhone user that isn't allowed to actually change things on their device.
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Seriously!?  The forced drive letter doesn't even take you into your drive but dumps you one level higher? (shakes head)

Someone will hack it sooner or later and let us turn it off.  When are software vendors going to learn that the key to customer happiness is customization?
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This is stupid. I don't want to be forced to have a mounted drive letter. I've been using Backup & Sync for years without having that mounted to a drive letter. Being forced to upgrade to this new program that insists on mounting to a drive letter will just make me look for something else to use.

The stupidest part is that the mounted drive letter doesn't even point to the root folder of my GDrive it points to an empty folder that contains a shortcut to my GDrive.. Who greenlit that?? Who programmed it to do this and thought "yes this is good" ??
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This Google Drive is actually worse than the Google Drive that Backup and Sync force 'replaced.' 

Unironically, I'm about to Google 'G Suite Replacements'
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Complete agreement here.

I have a dedicated folder on my PC for Google Drive and use mirroring.

Now I have to have a drive letter assigned that just directs back to the folder I already have and have been using for years. Utterly stupid.
Really disappointed in this new Drive for Desktop. Its like something Microsoft would create.
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Please let me disable this, this is just awful.
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I've been going back and forth with Google support for a few days, since I installed Drive for desktop and found out about this utterly useless and stupid "feature" -- as they've been calling it since day one.

So far, I only got either generic answers telling me how to change the mounted drive's letter or an answer telling me they understand what I'm complaining about and that there is no way to disable this "feature".

I keep asking what is the actual purpose of having a mounted drive with a shortcut to the actual folder that I've been using for years and works without a hitch. They keep sending me generic usage instructions for the app.

In their official support page, they state that the virtual drive is used to "stream files". I already told them I don't use that option and use "mirror files" instead. They do not seem to get what I mean, as their answer is "the mounted drive lets you access your files even without an internet connection" -- which was already the case with my normal Google Drive folder.

I already submitted my feedback through the app. Everyone should do the same.
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same here. I am uninstalling and rolling back
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@User1230...  There is no Google Drive Desktop rollback option to rollback to the old Backup & Sync.  Once you've upgraded to Google Drive for Desktop, you can't reinstall Backup & Sync.  Backup & Sync will install, but when run throws a popup: B&S no longer available, use Google Drive Desktop...
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Same problem here - Changed to "Google Drive for Desktop" yesterday. And really want to delete the "virtual drive".
It just messes up my explorer and it's not helpfull in any way. It's just a link to the synced folder. But the folder is pinned on the left side for quick access.
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Try Winaero Tweaker. It helped me to remove the G: from Explorer's folder pane

And I agreen with your remarks: the new Google desktop drive is cumbersome and messes around with the Windows API too much.

Seems to be working a tad faster though, but me thinks it's a step away from an open source and transparent software solution.
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The new sync client is awful. I removed it and now make all my cloud backups manually using a Browser Window opened to the Drive website.
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Pls just make "Google Drive drive letter" optional. At least in "Mirror Files" mode, as i guess it might be necessary  in "Stream files".
And yes, stop returning it to "Quick Access". Why would I need it if I can just pin directly to "My Drive" as I did for ages with backup & sync.....

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Typical google crap

Uninstalled
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If I don't access files through the virtual drive letter, they don't update in the cloud.  Updates to their original C:...Google Drive.. path aren't synced anymore. 

Can anyone else still sync updates to files in the C:..Google Drive.. path?
Is it just me that's broken? (on the C: path)

Example:
Original B&S file path: C:\Users\Larry\Google Drive\LarryShr\PC-Shr\CfgL5\CfgL5.rtf
  -updated silently in the background with Backup and Sync
  -updates here no longer synced to cloud
Google Drive for Desktop path: I:\My Drive\LarryShr\PC-Shr\CfgL5\CfgL5.rtf
  -new Drive for Desktop path
  -only updates under the new I:\My Drive path are synced.

All my shortcuts and links that reference C:..Google Drive.. are now broken.
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I just installed the new Google Drive desktop client (Win 10 pro) and the new virtual drive it creates triggers a non-compliance  issue with ClearPass OnGuard that my employer requires (because the drive is not encrypted) and thus prevents me from connecting to their VPN.

As a workaround, is there a way to encrypt this virtual drive? It doesn't show up in my disk manager / bitlocker.

Uninstalling for now.  And can't seem to reinstall Backup and Sync as others have reported.
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THIS IS HORRIBLE. Let us remove G letter and Context Menu. I'm about to uninstall this crap and go with another cloud provider.
 
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I too just did the install, because of the constant pop ups telling me to do so, stopping after just one account. 
Not sure if Google outsourced this to MS, remember the constant badgering to upgrade to Win10. For no benefit.
This Virtual Drive Letter, as stated so often above, is stupid.
My desktop drives, internal/external, have already been sliced and diced the way I like it. I am definitely not a PC with only C: (OS), D: (DVD) and E: (Data) person. 
This PC is used by the whole family. Everyone is home now with Work From Home and E-Learning during Covid-19. So when everyone is logged on, with there Private/Professional and Shared Family Google Accounts, How many Virtual Drives are going to be sucked up and allocated? That is a potential of 12 Drive Letters. So come and sit down to plug in some Memory Cards from the Camera or my wife wants to put some images on a Memory stick for printing and guess what we've run out of Drive Letters.  

Please Google, just leave me with my allocated folders for each Google Drive Account and give me the option to NULL the Virtual Drive Letter in the Preferences.
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Not being able to disable the drive is so useless! But even worse is when you try to change the drive letter its random which drives display in the selection box, what I meant is that sometimes you get to choose between 5 different letters and other times its only 3.
Also you cant turn off the always on top feature as well.

So many bugs!!!!
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I have a lot of drives and cannot spare a drive letter for Google Drive. I will abandon Google Drive for an alternative soon if you don't provide an option to disable drive letter mapping.
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Not a solution per se but might be useful to get the "junction" tool from sysinternals and then do as below (where the first path is your "old" google drive folder and the second is the new version stuff) -- you'll still retain the drive letter but you'll be able to directly manipulate things in the old folder:

​junction64 "d:\Google Drive" "g:\My Drive"

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Google, realy I don't understand this decision. I love having clean my computer and my interface, I work a lot whit Google, in all your solutions. But the restriction for only having 3 account sync, I barely understand it. Please give an option to get ripped of this drive letter. We don't asked for it, it's make the use of your solution a pain in the *ss. Please google give us a solution to this sh*t.
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What the HELL!!!

This really SUCKS.

I hope this accurately describes how much i like this feature that i can not turn off.....
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uninstalling and moving to onedrive in 3... 2...

it's ironic to see google replicating microsoft errors so worst that i find it better to go back to them. :/
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Fix this crap NOW, Google! This software is so intrusive! It's MY computer and I want it set up the way I like it!
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This phantom drive letter is a complete screw-up by Google.  It is screwing up the naming of my removable drives.  I am going to unistall and move to another free cloud storage solution.  There are plenty of alternatives that will not screw up my personal style of computer management.
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REMOVE THE VIRTUAL DRIVE!! Google has really stupid people working for them. Really stupid. They don't care that they are messing up my other drive letters. Stupid!
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What utter utter bulls**t is this?!

Every account I add creates ANOTHER virtual drive?!

Whelp...that'll be me removing all Google Drive services then.
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Unbelievable that there's no option to choose new virtual drive or an existing folder.
Please fix this nonsense!
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Another crap "feature"

Bring back 2 way photos sync, and drop this stupid "shortcut" to nowhere
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Give us a way to disable this mounting, it's unnecessary for most of us.
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Disk Management and DiskPart takes a lot longer to load after this stupid Google Drive Letter mounted.
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This crap they have released is so buggy, and the drive letter mapping is pointless, especially since it only opens to give you a link to the drive folder. nonsense. And it keeps complaining about certain files but gives no option as to how to reconcile them or get rid of them. And when there is a whole list of issues, you must go through them one by one. Why isn't there a "retry all"? Total crap and I will be moving my files to OneDrive.
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Everything, absolutely "everything" that everyone else has stated in all previous comments.  I've been forced to uninstall the latest and 'greatest' "GoogleDrive" and I am also seeking an appropriate alternative...
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I hope a solution will be found soon
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Just contributing to say I'm also heavily annoyed by Google Drive assigning drive letters and adding links into Quick Access over and over again. I don't want that. Google, let your users decide themselves about this. Have also send feedback through the app as suggested by others. Seems that's a good idea and everyone please do so too.
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Just one more of the ways that Google completely destroyed their desktop Drive client.  Backup and Sync may have been clunky, but it was at least usable.  No one way syncing, no ability to exclude file types, forced mounted drive, it's just utter Garbage. They lost the $50/ month I've been paying them, well at least as soon as these terabytes of files are done downloading and onto an alternative service (looking at iDrive). Seriously pissed to be wasting so much time due to Google's incompetence.
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(same as above- It's only a shortcut, why make a fake drive out of it?)

my pc, my choice!
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This is just stupid. If I click on remove from Quick Access it should be removed and not reappear after I restart my PC. GOOGLE PLEASE FIX THIS!!!
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This is the DUMBEST feature ever introduced with a very BIG security risk for end users. I DO NOT want my backup mapped as a drive on my computer. This is DUMB and INSANE. Google team needs to be fired!
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My "This PC" computer already congested with quite many drives.
Now it's added with Google Drive (H) :
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I agree, these new 'features' are terrible. 1) This drive that is nothing but a shortcut to the folder I already have pinned, and 2) Inability to disallow prompting to sync every external disk I attach to my computer, lie there was with Backup and Sync, now it will bother me with every new disk forever. I didn't sign up for this! Honestly looking into OneDrive now, or, possibly, starting the big process of weaning myself off Big Tech's services.  They ALL keep making EVERYTHING worse, ALL THE TIME! This is not good for us, we need to not rely on them any more, they cannot be relied on any more.
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Besides the unwanted drive letter, I had the google drive app place two separate drives folders on one my laptops today. It's double my storage allotment. The google drive app updated a day ago & gave me a welcome to google drive tour like I had just installed it! Even know I didn't.........what a pain!
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The new google drive app forced on us is terrible! I am have multiple issues with drive letters & where I can set my drive folder to be. The app wants it on C: drive. My C: drive is not large enough. I placed my google drive folder on another internal drive & directed the app to it. It used that drive & created another one on my C: drive anyway. OUCH!


Back Up & Sync just worked!
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New folder
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After Google's disaster, I ended up using Insync.
You can sync multiple Google Drive accounts and it won't create volumes at its own will.

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Yet another linked work around, like the 8/18 junction64 suggestion, but with Windows commands.  
Where: My Backup & Sync root was C:\users\Larry\Google Drive;  - your location will vary

Rename the Backup & Sync root:
Windows (file) explorer: go ~Larry\; rename "Google Drive" to "Google DriveBS"
  - any alternate name will do

Get a 'cmd' Admin terminal window to run mklink;
press: WinKey+R - opens Windows Run popup
enter cmd; run as admin with: Ctrl+Shift+Enter, allow updates 
  - opens a cmd command line terminal window as Administrator
cmd> cd c:\users\larry  -  Change directory to where your renamed B&S Google Drive folder is
cmd> mklink /d "Google Drive" "I:\My Drive" - use old drive names and letter for your configuration
displays: symbolic link created for "Google Drive" <<===>> I:\My Drive

Done; references to the old B&S Google Drive root now resolve to the Drive for Desktop virtual drive-letter tree. Updates to the old B&S files will appear to be in the old location, but are being updated in the virtual drive.

The default cache folder is in AppDataLocal - under your account and probably on C:.  The cache size can be as large as your backup.  If there is not enough space,  use Preferences>Settings to choose another location.  The cache folder is the internal implementation supporting the DriveLetter virtual drive.  For me the AppDataLocal cache is under C:\Users\Larry\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS\
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I understand the possibilities for this, but It is useless that we have files on our drive and the virtual disk with a link to them?????? WTF?  This could boost performance for streaming purposes, but really, we cannot disable it? A fucking waste or resources and it doesn't add any benefit, speed? when files are on my SSD?

I noticed other companies have similar shit.  Norton Backup creates a virtual disk, too.  But I can turn that off.  I do not need OneDrive, Google Drive, Norton Backup, and all the competition for my files.

There is no fucking need to "boost" speed to access these files. I fucking uninstalled this shit, too!
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Fuck'n ay man... please let my phone sort it so that I can just get the most reliable ways to get any information which will help make it easier for me to work easily for myself
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Also this letter prevent a program like Win32DiskImager.exe from running.
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And if you have multiple account and add them to Drive For Desktop, it will create multiple virtual drive inside "This PC" folder of Windows 10.

I use it to mirror the files/folders in Drive tab of the Google Drive to my specific folder in my local computer (or vice versa), so I don't need that virtual drive in "This PC" folder.

Old Backup and Sync didn't do that (creating a virtual drive).
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I found if you change the local cached files directory to another drive, then enable mirroring. This will download all of your files to that chosen cache drive/folder. I agree with the fact that we need a way to disable the drive letter mapping. I install this on Windows server and share out Google drive with certain permissions on my home network. I do not use this feature. Even a registry override would be acceptable.

Edit: I just noticed the cache is unreadable. This must be the reason for the requirement of the drive letter. Cache stores files properly on the separate drive if you change it but you will need to mapped drive it makes in order to read your files.
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This virtual drive thing is so annoying! I've tried everything to remove it!
So much that I somehow mixed up 2 drive accounts and lost all my data, lucky I had a backup, but the point is I DONT WANT IT!

Let me choose where to store my data, and ill allocate it to where ever I want
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I understand that it installs this way in order to operate...my complaint is that this is an utterly stupid way to make the software work.

Unfortunately giving feedback through the app would require me to reinstall the app, which (for the reasons mentioned above) I'm unlikely to do.

It would be less annoying if it didn't install a separate drive for every account I use with Google Drive... what were the developers even thinking?!
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You keep posting the same answer Peter, but how can we hide the drive. That answer is a lie, the operating system doesn't have any way to "have instructions to hide it" please stop spreading false information.
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Peter, volunteer contributor Photos and Drive
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@TheRealNox,
 
I am posting the only answer I have, if you can get a better one please feel free to raise a support ticket and share it. We are a group of volunteers trying to help and that is the response I received from Support.
 
Feedback is our only option to raise the priority within Google.
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Incapable answer, i should be able within the application preferences to remove the letter
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well. it seems google adopted the same mediocre communication with their users/customers than microsoft.

a “support” forum used only by users/customers themselves, to help each other, while always keeping a false face of a real support from the company because of its name and domain name.

but NO google (or microsoft) official visiting or answer can be found there.

feedback is the only way those companies say they listen to you, believe that or not.

it doesn’t matter if one post an obvious issue or bad experience, it doesn’t matter if a billion people vote or reply. they will never read or answer here, it’s just a community of users trying to help each other with their questions, not a place to show product/service problems or give feedback.

nevermind.

for this desktop sync software, i have 2 computers:

one i have the old sync app giving me daily irritating notifications about soon update with no date, and no option to disable.

the other i have the new updated sync service with those already mentioned irritating behaviors without any workaround to fix.

my solution: uninstalled both and moved to microsoft onedrive. works way better now and cheaper than google one.

onedrive had a lot of issues in the past, and i was one of the users trying to scream inside their “community support forum” like this without a single answer. than i moved to google.

time just gone, onedrive fixed their issues… now google does the same mistake. wow!

congratulations google for such a good job! ;)
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Google? Listening to user feedback? That'd be some sort of miracle.
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I selected to sync my files to disk how's cloud mounted to disk letter can be necessary in this case?
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To make GoogleDrive does not mount virtual drive you can create key [DefaultMountPoint] in windows [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\DriveFS] registry section.
To do this do steps:
- Press [Windows+R] keys 
- Type regedit.exe
- Press [Enter] key.
- At left side find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google section.
- Click Mouse Right button on Google section. 
- Select Create\Section.
- Type DriveFS and press [Enter] key.
- Click Mouse Right button on just created DriveFS section. 
- Select Create\String parameter.
- Type DefaultMountPoint and press [Enter] key.
- Double click on just created DefaultMountPoint parameter.
- Type preffered path and press [Enter] key.
- Restart GoogleDrive programm!!!.

At example: 
DefaultMountPoint=D:\%USERNAME%\GoogleDrive
It means, if current user name is SOMEBODY, the files from the Google Drive cloud will be available as a folder D:\SOMEBODY\GoogleDrive. Virtual drive will not be mounted.
After key created or changed, you must restart GoogleDrive to apply changes.

I hope it helps.
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Why? Why? Why?

I don't want another drive letter. I use to have a G drive as RAMDRIVE and it's used in a lot of automation scripts I made. Google Drive just messed up. We use Google drive to keep synchronized folders across computers, no need to have another drive letter. Can I roll back to Backup and Sync?
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Consider that none of the competing services grabs a drive letter in Windows. Only Google’s latest iteration of its software does this.
The Google software on Windows has muddled by for years without grabbing a drive letter. Sorry, but I need all my drive letters for, umm, drives.
Goodbye, Google software.
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Unfortunately, Aleksey MV's method doesn't seem to work.

Just tried editing:

1) HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\DriveFS 

and

2) HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\DriveFS

In case 1, nothing happened. Even with the new string, the virtual drive was mounted as soon as I reopened Google Drive.

In case 2, the \Google\DriveFS subkey didn't exist inside the Policies key. I created it and filled in the string. Google Drive then stopped working. The virtual drive wasn't mounted, but the software didn't sign in to my account and just kept loading.

Nice try, though.
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Please allow us to disable the virtual mount.
This is an absurd "feature" that is being forced upon me, that I do not want.
I already have >12 local disks, and I have many mapped network drives. I cannot afford, nor do I want to let, an application to decide it's special enough to warrant a new drive letter being used, especially when I am trying to conserve my drive letters.

If you would, please go and look over the history of when Keybase implemented KBFS in the client, and how that went over.
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My google drive is already mounted to the directory on my computer of my choice. I don't need it mounted to a drive letter as well. It's just overkill, creating multiple ways to reach the same. Drive letters are MSDOS legacy. Time to get rid of drive letters at all. On top of that, the old Google Sync didn't do this drive letter nonsense and worked to everyones satisfaction for years.
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I saw the new posts to look into the operating system how to hide the virtual drive.

On WIndows 10 pro there are multiple ways to do this -- however, at least in my case, the virtual drive that Google Drive is creating (G:) does not show up in any of those places -- and thus I have no means to select/hide it.

While the G: drive doesn't show up in any disk management tools, my employer's 'OnGuard' software detects that I have a new unencrypted drive and locks me out of the VPN network.

Uninstalling Google Drive again...
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@Juliano Nunes
It is very strange it does not work for you, but it works for me.
Did you create DefaultMountPoint parameter in Google\DriveFS section?
The value you entered for this parameter must  reference to the path that really does not exists on the logical drive, because the GoogleDrive program will make junction point to its hidden virtual drive.
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This is insane. Assigning a drive letter should be optional. Fine if it's enabled by default, but at least let me disable it. Imagine if every third-party storage provider would force you into losing another drive letter. 

I installed Google Drive for Windows to be able to manage my files a bit easier but uninstalling it now and sticking to web again.
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Yeah NO!  Give me back the simple sync functionality.  I don't need you to create a virtual drive for me.  I know where the folder is on my system. Unfortunately, I will be uninstalling Google Drive now.  Give us options to select what we want, not what you think we want!!!!

You guys are just like Microsoft and their stupid Outlook search bar.  Thanks for ruining something that just worked.  Unbelievable!
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I sync a couple folders on my work computer. I do not want to expose my personal folders on my work computer. Now with that mounted drive, I can navigate to "Other computers" and see everything. This is a HUGE security flaw and now I have to uninstall this piece of crap. Not being able to sync these files will be a big loss of productivity. I really don't want to install yet another file sharing application.
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@Aleksey MV - Works for me: Win10 Home Version 2004 build 19041.1165 .
Created DefaultMountPoint: C:\Users\Larry\GDrvDTMnt,
My Drive mounted as: C:\Users\Larry\GDrvDTMnt\My Drive - under MountPoint

The registry policy path is as you described:    
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\DriveFS
   If users don't have the Policies\Google level, it has to be created first.

You don't have to restart Windows after updating the mount point registry entry.  It's sufficient to Quit Google Drive (from the tray icon, Preferences), and restart Google Drive from the Start Menu.

It's also possible to update the registry with a .reg file.  See below

Note: setting the mount point only sets the path to the Drive file names.  The data file blocks are kept in the cache.  To avoid confusion tracking space used, you probably want to keep the cache in the same partition (drive letter) as the mount point. 

The cache location is set from Google Drive>Gear Wheel>Preferences>Gear Wheel

It would be helpful if the directories and files appeared directly under the mount point, and not under
  MountPoint\My Drive.
With my Backup&Sync, the files were kept directly under C:\Users\Larry\Google Drive\.  There are many situations where retaining the exact drive path is necessary (shortcuts, app file lists...). 

I'm able to make a directory link which uses the same path, but that's another few steps with the mklink command (see my 8/26 suggestion).  If I could direct the mount point to begin under My Drive, that would be a simpler work around.

=== .reg file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Set GoogleDrive for Desktop(DriveFS) mount point. Does not use virtual drive letter
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google] ;Insure Policies\Google level present

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\DriveFS]
"DefaultMountPoint"="C:\\Users\\Larry\\GDrvDTMnt"     ;Replace string with your choice. Double \\'s required.

;blank line needed to terminate last section
===

Instructions:
Copy the text between the '===' markers to  a file like HKLMSwPolGoogle.reg.
Edit the MountPoint string to your choice and save;
Click the .reg file to run it.  Accept all the prompts.
Stop/Start Google Drive for Desktop
Verify it works by opening the mount point with the Windows file explorer.
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@Juliano Nunes - Can you post a screenshot of the regedit section like this;



If you have a slow Internet connection (upload speeds are often 1/5 of download), and you're using Mirroring, the initial setup can last hours.
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@LarryLACa Is it possible to disable the shortcut in quick access?
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@joaous Is it possible to disable the shortcut in quick access?
Can i answer you? 
I think, NO. I have not found such an opportunity. After start GoogleDrive the shorcut will be always created in quick access, and will be removed after GoogleDrive stopped. But if you manually remove the shortcut it will no more appear until GoogleDrive restart.
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This is causing security issues with my work that requires all drives be encrypted.  A virtual google drive has no visible encryption settings. I have to uninstall the software. Horrible software and hijacking of the windows OS. Totally unnecessary. Dropbox and other services don't do this.
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i also want to urge this topic more, i hate:
-forced drive letters
-forced Quick access links
-i want to chose if i want the options in my context menue for google Docs/Sheets/Slides

I pay for this crap, and the drive letters bother me so much that i want to get a different cloud provider...
If those things are not fixed in the next month i probably deeinstall this and switch over.

I was hyped for this "upgrade" hoping it bringing new things to the table, now i just hate the idear that i also need to switch with my other pc´s to this mess.
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@joaous - Like Aleksey, I don't see an option to hide the Google Drive mount point from Quick Access. 
For me it shows up as a Pinned folder in Quick Access, as soon as I (re)start Google Drive.
Sounds like one more option that's needed.

@Aleksey: Thanks
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I'm in the same boat here. Just switched over to Google Drive after Backup & Sync encouraged me to do so. I looked at the "comparison" chart they offered me and saw nothing that I objected to... Until it was done installing. Now, same crap as everyone else, a worthless virtual drive. My opinion, get rid of the forced virtual drive!

I don't care if they say it is needed for it to work. Backup & Sync never needed it, and whatever the hell they called their Drive app before that didn't need it either. This tells me that it really doesn't NEED it, it was just some pencil pusher over at Google that thought it was a good idea, so now we're stuck with it. Since the previous 2 incarnations didn't need it, there is no reason why you can't get your design and coding team to sit back down on the anal pads and remove this crap from the software!

On a side note, I've also noticed a completely new 11.26 GB partition on my data hard drive that wasn't there before. I can't assign a drive letter to it, so I'm not sure what the hell it is or where it came from. I can't say for certain that it was Google Drive that did it, but I know it wasn't there before.
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It's the same for me. Thank you very much for your attention @LarryLACa and @Aleksey MV.
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I hate this feature. Please roll it back. It is a terrible idea. I don't know who decided this at Google. You should fire them.
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@Aleksey MV

This is what my regedit looks like after editing it according to your instructions:



I have a pretty fast internet connection (300 Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload), and my files are already all mirrored. But this is what my Drive app shows me:



I don't think it's trying to do any initial setup, as Task Manager doesn't show any upload activity.
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[DRIVE FOR DESKTOP EDITS PARTITION TABLE, DO NOT USE]
Drive for Desktop has an issue with making their virtual drive. I'm using an encrypted drive configuration where drives other than the system drive are entirely encrypted in VeraCrypt, and are mounted as partitions via VeraCrypt. However, the Google Drive for Desktop app will take the next disk (Disk 1 in my case, incremented from Disk 0) and REFORMAT IT to GPT, assuming the RAW data is empty. I've lost 10 years worth of photos because of this. Please remove this feature until it actually works. I will be suing Google for damages in the near future.
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Just changed from Backup & Sync to Drive.  What a mistake that was.

  • Forced virtual drive with no way to disable, and the clutter it creates
  • Forced quick access that re-creates itself
  • Unwanted menu additions - the context "New Google sheet" etc added (at least most apps ask if you want to add to context menus!)
  • Edit - Drive then changed the default folder settings for 130 folders / 160Gb of backed up photos, by changing them all to a blue outline of a person instead of previews...wtf

After using a previous incarnation of Drive - the one before Backup and Sync - I stopped allowing Google to control my backups because it started deleting local data and keeping cloud copies.  When I moved to B&S, it failed to recognise my existing backup online, and I had to recopy everything.  Now back to "new" Drive, and it's another total c**k-up.

These days, I backup multiple folders locally, using "Freefilesync" to move them all to a local "Drive folder", which Google is then allowed to sync on a one-way basis only, since I don't trust Google not to delete my local data again.  And I pay for that privilege too, as I need the extra capacity.

I think it's time to look for an alternative.  I can't waste my time (and money) dreading that every update is going to break things and delete data, or introduce unwanted "features" with no way to disable or change them.

Feedback sent via the app.

edit 2 : total disgrace.  All I want/need is a program that backs up my selected folders to an offsite storage location.  That's all.  What I don't want, is a program that alters the contents of my locally stored folders, by changing the icon settings in hundreds of "desktop.ini" files.  It's intrusive, unnecessary, and causes me extra work - and that's before the cr*p about quick access and unwanted virtual drives breaking encryption and vpn security.  I'm setting this program not to run at start up, and will, in future, be backing up my files elsewhere.
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This registry method worked for me, thanks.
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Wow this is awful. I've been using G drive to sync my work folders between machines for years. Looks like I have to waste time looking for an alternative unless this is fixed. The new app is more like malware!!
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WinaeroTweaker does the job, the stupid G: is gone.
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Thank you Aleksey! And fuck Google! 

For those who don't see [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\DriveFS] in their registry section, you have to create it, right click > New > Key (Key=folder in Registry Editor). I didn't have it and I'm on Windows 10 21H1, upgrading from B&S. 

For those that hate the auto Quick Access link AND don't use Quick Access at all, I disabled the Quick Access functionality entirely following this guide by Argel Obm. If you use Quick Access, you might have to wait for some workaround, I'm just a normal consumer like y'all. Have a nice day!
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@Juliano Nunes
I had the same behaviour of GoogleDrive. It happened because i set DefaultMountPoint to refer to a  folder where my mirrored files are placed. DefaultMountPoint must refer to the non existing folder!!

Sorry, if I am not very clear
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PeteranDi this was barely an answer and the "find your own solution" kind of answer that really ticks me off. "... your operating system will have instructions for hiding a virtual or mounted disk." is LAZY support.  Links to relevent Microsoft and Apple KBs should have been included.

Going to echo everything said here.
I. Hate. The. Virtual. Mounted. Drive.
I will be uninstalling and trying to put the old Backup and Sync (which I didn't particularly like) back on.
The best client was the OLD Google Drive.  It set up a folder in a logical place, gave it some theming so you knew it when you saw it, and synced it with the cloud.
That's all I want it to do.  Google's 17 GB isn't enough space to do anything else with.
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Sorry User 2659923475143465493,

As the text beneath my username suggests, we are volunteers who try to help without any technical input from Google. The answer I pasted was the response I received after raising a support ticket to try to get an answer.

I apologise if that isn't good enough, and unfortunately Backup and Sync will be deprecated at the end of this month.
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Yeah heRd 31st Sept they changing it again...monopolising internet
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I solved the problem by asking Google for refund and uninstalling Google Drive. Go with another provider for cloud storage. The new Google Drive is absolutely crap.
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After doing the registry tweaks (both in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE and in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies for good measure), moving the cache to the same partition as DefaultMountPoint, and doing several restarts (including of the machine a couple of times, as it was necessary), I reached the still slightly dissatisfying situation where, while there is no forced drive letter taken, there is a My Drive folder under the DefaultMountPoint, which still breaks various links and settings in other programs. I could live with this.

But then I also noticed other things:

- the cache folder (eg. 114660545186425978544 under ...\DriveFS) is still created under C:\...\AppData\... and if deleted, you have to sign in again, even if you only delete that long number named folder and leave all other files in DriveFS alone... so it is not "just" a content cache despite also its ContentCachePath name. The cache folder (same 114660545186425978544 long number name) is also created in the path I specify, and contains only one subfolder: content_cache, which has the data blocks but is totally opaque. Additionally, this cache is not a "copy" of the current contents of the remote My Drive: when I finished settings it all up, it was a few MB while my My Drive is 25.5 GB.

- the worst aspect of this malware: when it's not running, all the content disappears from DefaultMountPoint (the My Drive subfolder goes away). Compare to Dropbox and OneDrive (which I also have) and to Backup&Sync before: the contents remains accessible even when the client is not running or not connected (eg. during a network outage). Not with this new malware. Google really, really wants to own your files. If the client is not running or not connected to the internet, and can't report to base in real time, then you have no access to your "mirrored" files. How is this a "mirror", Google? Unless you can spy in real time on what I do with my files, I can't use them even if I am in "mirror" mode (the only one I use). All other clients and B&S before, allow access offline to files that have been "mirrored".

- the sizes reported by Windows are now all messed up, whether this malware is running or not: my My Drive is about 25 GB in size and both while running and when stopped, the sizes reported don't add up at all. When I finished setting it all up (DefaultMountPoint and ContentCachePath on the same partition of my disk which I have as drive E:) and before doing any action, the size reported by Windows was exactly as if my 25GB were not there on drive E:. Then I did a test: uploaded 15.5 GB (copied from other drive and pasted under DefaultMountPoint): at this point the usage reported by Windows increased by 11.1 GB (in ContentCachePath, as expected and verified) both while running and after closing it down (once it reported it was done syncing and I verified with the Web UI). In short, you can't have any idea of the space you're using in My Drive from the contents "mirrored" on your Windows machine, not even be sure a big upload from another machine will actually fit on this one, as the sizes reported don't reflect the actual usage.

It's really time to stop paying google for my drive space in the cloud (which I use purely for easy synchronization and access between multiple PCs and with my mobile phones). The whole concept of having all our stuff de facto exclusively on their cloud and inaccessible unless we run their software when we need our stuff, is lunacy.

Additionally, it seems to keep resetting itself to "Stream filles" each time it restarts, saying My Drive is under C:\Users\...\My Drive, except this folder it mentions does not exist. Changing the folder location back to what I've set in both "User Only" and "Override" registry settings (as per their docs at https://support.google.com/a/answer/7644837?hl=en) results in warnings ("contains files that will be synced to your drive": ah really?!) then in an error message "Something went wrong" when clicking Save... but you can still close the Google Drive Preferences window... A bug-ridden piece of malware. 
Their docs page has no mention of "mirror" in the settings they document. So there's no way to set "mirror" in the registry and this malware can silently reset you to "stream" each time it restarts.

Like another user, I was naively looking forward to this "upgrade" from B&S, but nowhere did they say anything about these awful changes they snuck on users. Really time to look elsewhere.
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Absolute garbage "feature" here Google! Why the fuck are you forcing a virtual drive letter on me when I already have an real PHYSICAL HARD DRIVE dedicated to my cloud syncs? I explicitly told Google Drive on setup to NOT create a god dam virtual drive. I wanted a mirror not a stream; I pointed this software of yours to my dedicated cloud sync hard drive. Hard drive, not virtual drive! What does it do? It tells me that it moved all my Google sync stuff to a "new" drive becasue my hard drive was "temporarily unavailable." Temporary my ass! It gives me no way to undo that shit!
Now if the Google Drive software is running it takes for fucking ever for the Windows Disk Management applet to load. That is the reason I NEVER use virtual drives, they just add latency to the computer, slowing things down for no valid reason. YOUR "SOLUTION" IS UNACCEPTABLE!
My cloud files are still on my hard drive but there is no way to get rid of this stupid virtual drive except to kill the Google Drive software.

UNINSTALLED!
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Just cancelled my subscription as a result of this dumb shit.  I hate Microsoft (I.e Outlook’s new and improved search bar…yeah right) but at least OneDrive just syncs my files.  Using it now.

Good job Google!
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