Google Drive: Remove Conflicted Copies in Batch

Google Drive: Remove Conflicted Copies in Batch

I use Google Drive. A lot. I place personal documents, photo's and RoboHelp projects in Drive. It works great as I have access to files and documents on all computers. The one downside about Google Drive is the enormous number of conflicted copies. When working with RoboHelp, Google Drive can't keep up with the changes, resulting in hundreds of conflicted copies. But also Word documents, photographs and other document get conflicted copies. A conflicted copy has (1) (or a different number) applied to the file name.

If you have problems with conflicted copies as well, here are three easy steps to get rid of all conflicted copies:

  1. Open the Windows Command Prompt.

    1. Open the start menu.
    2. Search for CMD
    3. Open the Command Prompt
       
  2. Go to the directory where your Google Drive files are stored.
    For example: cd C:\Users\Willam\Google Drive
  3. Run the command you want:
    • To list all files without deleting anything, run:
      dir *(?).* /a /b /s > duplicate_file_report.txt
    • To remove all files, run:
      del *(?).* /a /s > deleted_file_report.txt

The result of the action is saved in the file duplicate_file_report.txt or deleted_file_report.txt.

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