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5/9/19
Unable to open .gdoc and gsheets files after transferring to a new Google drive 0 Recommended Answers 16 Replies 32 Upvotes
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I'm in the process of transferring a number of files from one Google drive to another.  I downloaded the files to my PC and reuploaded to the new drive as  I was advised to do.  I now have a large number of gdoc and gsheet files I am unable to open as there is no app associated.  All affected files have a .gdoc or .gsheets extension and not all of the files I downloaded were affected.  Is there anything I can do to open/convert these files?
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5/9/19
Did you download the files or did you copy the Backup & Sync Drive folder?  The former is the correct way and would have converted the Docs and Sheets files to an offline format, suitable for uploading.  The latter is incorrect, as the .gdoc and .gsheet files are only pointers to the data and meaningless in another account. 
 
 
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5/9/19
@BKennelly, please correct me if this is wrong.
 
When I have transferred Docs and Sheets files to another account I share them with the other account as an editor, then change the ownership of the files to the new account. 
 
Then, from the new account, if I don't want the original account to have access I remove the old account from the file sharing.
 
You can do this for a lot of files at one time (there might be a limit, I'm not sure) from the Drive file share interface. Click advanced in the lower right corner. Add the new account email, set them as an editor and save it. Then change them to "is owner" and save it again. You don't even need to leave the share dialogue.
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6/6/19
I have not downloaded them, I just can't open .gsheet files or other gdocs. They won't open online, and they only show a download option, which doesn't help because nothing opens them. HOW DO I OPEN THESE FILES?
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8/27/19
Same issue on a friend´s account with working files. Please, please help!
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9/9/19
Same issue. It seems Backup and Sync doesn't support copy and paste from drive to local disk . It syncs fine but then somehow loses the file data when copying (fails to translate to windows format maybe). When files are copied back up to drive from local disc they are unreadable.

I tried originally with Drive File Stream you get 'Invalid MS-DOS Function' errors for all, and even when scripting a mirror of folders with robocopy it just fails to copy. 

Downloading the entire folder as a ZIP from chrome drive tab also fails, looks like it fails to create the ZIP when you don't have permissions on one of the files in a folder.

Bit hard when you have multiple folders several layers deep with a mix of Google and non-Google files. I can't afford to spend days to individually find and download each file manually from web interface.

This is all very frustrating and it would be great to have this feature fixed ASAP using Backup and Sync as surely there are loads of people in the same boat!!
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10/5/19
I have the same issue.  Moved a Google Drive library from my personal account to this shared account.  All google files converted to .gdoc and .gsheet, requiring them to be downloaded before they are accessible.  It has created much wasted time wit my team and myself having to go through extra steps to access the files.  Is there a way to convert them all back to .doc and .sheet?  This is tremendously frustrating and there was no warning about the lost accessibility when I moved them.  I did try downloading locally and the uploading, but it's the same result. Google not recognizing the file type that Google assigned to the files!
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10/5/19
@Healthcare 
It seems your issue and original posting question are different, and there is a mystery in what you are saying.
In summary, you are misunderstanding about .gdoc and .gsheet.

#1. What does mean that "Moved a Google Drive library from my personal account to this shared account", how did you do it?

#2. What does mean that "All google files converted to .gdoc and .gsheet"?  In the first place, .gdoc and .gsheet are just shortcut shown on the local drive to access to the google files in the cloud.
If you have that shortcut, it means that the Google Drive cloud is synced with your computer and there is a Google Drive folder on your computer. So, you don't need to download them if you want to access to all google files. All google files are web application files.

#3. What does mean that "a way to convert them all back to .doc and .sheet "? Do you want to say "a way to convert them all back to MS-office file"?
If you have all files as an MS - office file to your personal account, the key point of your issue is your transferring method for #1. Except if the uploading option to convert MS-office file to google files is enabled, MS-office files won't be converted automatically to google files.
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12/16/19
Is this issue solved? I have the same problem here.
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1/28/20
i have the same issue here. i moved some folders from one account to another, downloaded them to my harddrive and then uploaded them to my new account.

now, i can't open any file gdoc, gsheet file.

please help!
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Possible Workaround:
I discovered that if I 'Download' the original .gdoc, and choose my word processing program (I use Apache Open Office, but I'm assuming choosing Microsoft Word would have the same result),it doesn't actually download it, but opens it as a .gdoc in a new tab online. Then I right-click and choose 'make a copy'. I ut the copy in the folder where the original .gdoc is located. Then it appears to function as an actual .gdoc, open-able and editable in Google Docs, from Google Drive.

This is a huge pain in the ass, and pretty discouraging if I have to do this with every Google Sheet or Doc in my files (there are hundreds, if not thousands). Still need an actual solution, but hopefully this helps until Google support can figure out how to just allow us to transfer ownership by uploading files form our computer to a new Drive account online. Still need this solution!
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