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      • #2315419
        AskWoody Lounger

        I’ve bought Microsoft Office mainly for the storage space for my family, but now have the large task of transferring hundreds/thousands of photos from Google Photos to OneDrive.

        What’s the best way to do this?

        Many thanks,

      • #2315426
        AskWoody MVP

        To save files in OneDrive they have to be in your OneDrive folder e.g. C:\Users\username\OneDrive\. The exact  folder name will depend on where your OneDrive folder is e.g. mine is at E:\myname\OneDrive\. So you need to copy or move your photos to e.g. C:\Users\username\OneDrive\pictures\

        I would suggest you copy rather than move then you can delete them once you’re happy they’ve been successfully uploaded to the cloud. Precisely how is determined by your upload speed. I would suggest copying one folder at a time and waiting till it’s been uploaded. You should do this to begin with and as you get more familiar with how long it takes, you could copy more at one sitting. Obviously having a .5Megbits per second will be a lost slower than having 10Mbits per second! I did this when I moved to using OneDrive and my photos take up over 100Gb. It took a while but wasn’t onerous. Of course you will need to replace all your jumplists but this doesn’t really take long either.

        Others may have different suggestions.

      • #2315457
        AskWoody Lounger

        I’ll note that there apparently is a direct path but I wouldn’t know if it’s any good. I don’t use Google Photos anyway. (The reasons are another thing entirely but for this case it’s way too late to go into that anyway…)

        Over in “How to download your Google data”, there’s an option to let Google upload directly to Microsoft OneDrive.

        Then there’s “Copy your photos to a service outside of Google” … and Microsoft OneDrive is listed as a possible target service.

        I get the idea that the former might push a single .zip file but the latter might transfer individual image files?

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        Use Google Takeout

        Google Takeout, also called “Download your data”, is a project that allows users of Google products to export their data from Google Photos, Google Keep, YouTube, Google Map, etc to an archive file so that users can transfer data to local PC, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or Box. You can also backup Google Photos to OneDrive in this way….

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        • #2315467
          AskWoody Lounger

          … I actually tested this, uploaded into Google Photos a couple dozen photos scanned from film a few years back, and did the “takeout” process to get them into Microsoft OneDrive.

          Seemed to work, arrived as individual files. Didn’t get to choose which OneDrive folder they went into, though.

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