Google has built its cloud storage systems to handle your entire digital life, including all your photos, videos, emails, and other files. However, there is now a limit to the number of individual files you can save to Google Drive.
Google put a new limit on the number of files you can store in Drive, apparently without any warning: the first reports came from support threads in February 2023. The issue affected regular people who store a lot of files in Drive and a thread on Google’s official issue tracker revealed how it affected some larger organizations. One person said: “We have a business-critical operating system in the animal health space that is currently affected by this. This is causing huge disruption to tens of thousands of users in practice and their work on a daily basis.” Another said: Suddenly [our customer] You cannot upload files to Google Drive through our Google API-based software. This is a big problem while the service is down now.”
Google has finally started displaying a more detailed warning for affected accounts, explaining that there’s a new limit of five million files in Drive for each Google account. the company said Ars Technica that it is “a security measure to prevent misuse of our system in a way that may affect system stability and security,” noting that it only affects files you create yourself – files shared from other accounts don’t count for the new limit.
Although five million files sounds like a lot of files, it’s not hard to hit that limit if you’re backing up files on a few computers or using Drive to manage logs and other automated data collection. The only solution is to move some of your files to another Google account, or pack them in a ZIP file or other file that Google will only count as one file. You can also try another cloud service or even set up a local NAS.
Source: Ars Technica, Reddit, Google Issue Tracker