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Migrating between Google Drive and OneDrive


Moving between cloud storage can be frustrating, slow and a costly process — both time and money. Most applications and providers obviously don’t like people leaving, and make it incredibly infuriating when you try and simply get out.

Both Google Drive and OneDrive are common in workplaces, education environments and also in individuals households depending on what email provider you chose years ago. These providers offer some of the cheapest cloud storage out there that ‘syncs’ with your computer, mobile devices and applications. However, they are heavily reliant on their own Eco-systems (Office 365 and the G Suite) and this can overtime become limiting and restrictive.


So you want to move or migrate from Google Drive to OneDrive or vice versa? How do you go about what should be such a simple task?


Option 1 — Movebot

Yes, Movebot is a third party, however compared to others out there it is affordable, easy and it just works. It’s responsive and keeps you updated during your migration. Some files didn’t make it across? MoveBot will let you know what didn’t make the jump. But with the free pre-migration scan feature, that's unlikely to be an issue. 

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Movebot is affordable at with per TB pricing on you pay as you go. It is fully cloud, sign up and go, with no need for onboarding or talking with a sales team if you don't want to. 

See below how to migrate to either Google Drive or OneDrive and save your time and frustrations to do something you’d rather be doing.


Option 2 - A Third Party

Using a third party can seem like a great option, but which one do you choose? Some promise free trials and monthly subscriptions — which can be useful if you have a number of migrations to do. But if you are only moving your data once, why do you need a monthly subscription?

  • They charge $1 per GB, do you want to move 50GB? That’s $50 please. 

  • Need extra users or want to get in touch with support if you run into an issue? Pay more for the privilege. 

  • Others require you to talk to sales, jump through hoops and install software on your devices.

In the end, they do the job but there are barriers and it can be costly — especially when they sting you with hidden costs.


Option 3. — The Drag and Drop

The Drag and Drop method involves installing both the Google Drive application and the OneDrive application on your device. Once both are installed, sign into each application and bring up two instances of Windows Explorer. On one window open your Google Drive and in the other window open OneDrive. Now, copy (or select) all the files you wish to move and paste (or drag and drop) the files into your new cloud providers window.

This may seem easy and straightforward, however this option has its downsides. Once the files have finally copied across, you now need to allow the client to sync these files into the cloud, as right now they are only physically on your device.

To monitor the sync process, check the taskbar and hover over the apps icon. The sync, seriously, takes ages due to rate limiting, and this is for both Google Drive and OneDrive. Additionally, sync can slow down your computer and eat resources, as well disrupt your home network.


Try Movebot for free

While the theoretical applications of data moving are great, it helps to be hands-on and get a feel for the tool. Movebot lets you do just that. You can try Movebot and its features free with 250GB to use without talking to sales and no credit card is required. Sign up for a free trial today and see for yourself why Movebot is an industry leader for moving data. 

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