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5/30/18
Accidentally enabled "Create Google Photos folder in Google Drive". It's now deleting all my photos! 0 Recommended Answers 8 Replies 13 Upvotes
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I accidentally enabled "Create Google Photos folder in Google Drive" option and it created a folder in my Google Drive and started pushing all my Google Photos there which I didn't really want. I simply deleted the Google Photos folder from my Google Drive and it went to the bin. Now when I go to my Google Photos's bin, all the photos that were in that Google Drive’s folder are binned too. 
I read in the Google Photos product that “if I delete a folder, it won’t delete the pictures inside it”. But that doesn’t seem to work. All the pictures inside folders are getting deleted!

I'm worried that I’m going to lose all my backed up photos. How do I recover all of it in a clean way? I don’t wish to lose even a single photo. Please help!
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5/30/18

If you delete from the Google Photos folder in My Drive:
  • If you delete individual photos or videos, they will be removed from Google Photos.
  • If you delete folders (including the Google Photos folder), photos and videos won’t be deleted in Google Photos. This is to avoid deleting all your photos and videos by accident.
If you did exactly that it's weird indeed. I have no explanation. 

"I'm worried that I’m going to lose all my backed up photos."
That's very well possible: many lost their photos because their only copy is also a working copy. In my dictionary that's not a backup. The "Backup & Sync" name is very misleading. I can only recommend to have a real backup (non-synced copy), just in case. Unfortunately that's not in Google's workflow.
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5/30/18
Thanks for the answer janvb.

I'm sure I haven't deleted the individual photos/videos, but I've deleted the Google Photos folder. But I see that all the photos and videos are being deleted (ending up in my Google Photos Bin). I'm observing that there are 2 processes going on:
  • Google Photos folder is still being created in my Google Drive (even after I disabled the option in Google Drive). I'm assuming that the workflow that has been triggered to copy the photos to my Google Drive has not ended - even after I have triggered to stop (by disabling the option).
  • Photos from my Google Photos folder in my Google Drive are ending up in my Google Photos Bin/Trash in batches. I'm assuming that there's a major flaw in their workflow! Deleting the whole Google Photos folder from Google Drive is actually deleting its contents in Google Photos.
"The "Backup & Sync" name is very misleading."  - I completely agree with you. The Google Backup and Sync tool is a nightmare.
"I can only recommend to have a real backup (non-synced copy), just in case." - Do you mean that its always good to have a local copy on my hard drive?

At this point, I'm clueless as to what's going on with my Google Photos account. I'm really looking forward for specific answers to these questions.
  • Does Google Photos ensure that the photos WILL be moved to trash before being completely wiped out from my account? If so, at least I have a chance to manually restore them in batches.
  • When would the workflow of copying the photos to my Google Photos folder in Google Drive come to an end?
  • When would the workflow of deleting the photos from my Google Photos account come to an end?
  • If there are good chances of losing my photos/videos from Google Drive, do I need to consider Google Photos as just a volatile/unreliable library of my photos/videos?
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5/30/18
Hi Jan, just to advise that I have just deleted my Google Photos folder and I am not seeing any photos in my Google Photos trash, all appears to be working normally.

@Amith, when things settle down you can restore any photos from the Google Photos trash and should be back to normal.
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5/30/18
Thanks PeteranDI. That sounds reassuring, but could I also get the answers to the specific questions I’ve asked earlier?
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5/30/18
Sorry Amith, we don’t have the knowledge to provide specific answers as Google do not share specific knowledge with us. We can only share experiences as fellow users.
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5/31/18

@Amith
"Do I need to consider Google Photos as just a volatile/unreliable library of my photos/videos?"
If that is your only copy, I would say: YES. Only a single copy is NOT safe on any system. And Google keeps adding/removing/changing things which does not make it more safe.   

"Do you mean that its always good to have a local copy on my hard drive?"
That is an option, but another cloud service will also do. If you create another Google account, share the library of your first acct with the new one, with the option of adding to the library of acct 2, you already have some safe kind of backup, at least against own mistakes. And if you select "High Quality" in acct 2 it's free.
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1/17/19
Late to the party here, but I just deleted the photos folder from my Google Drive. Now all my pics on Google Photos are being moved to the trash. :/ I'm recovering them all and it seems to be working but I really hope I didn't lose anything permanently. Screw Google and the way they put this together, seriously.
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8/2/19
Thanks all.
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