Why can Google Drive not install in F:/Google Drive?

Faisal July 9, 2013

I want to use Google Drive as a virtual drive to store my documents. While installing, it says it cannot install in F:/Google Drive.

Now I know that it doesn’t install in root folder and it’s not even installing in default My Documents folder. Then how can I install it? Can’t I somehow show it in My Computer where other drives are listed?

I have tried searching on Google, but couldn’t find any answer, so please help. I have mostly .torrent , .rar and .pdf files that I want to store. Can I do that? waiting for reply.

  1. Dimitri K
    July 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    F:/ is for removable disks only, hence Google Drive wouldn't put it as a valid option. Try installing on your own hard disk (C:/). By the way, is there any particular reason you need to install on F:/ anyway? It would just be simpler installing Google Drive on your computer drive.

  2. Sash P
    July 9, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I don't think google drive can install on any other drive except the C drive.

  3. Justin Pot
    July 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Where you install the software doesn't matter, but sadly it's also quite difficult to move the actual folder. Check out these instructions for Windows:


    Convoluted, but should work. Good luck!

  4. Jan F
    July 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Does the F: drive even exist on your system?

    Software installers only create directory trees. They do not automatically create a virtual hard disk if the drive letter doesn't exist.

    If you want Google Drive appear as a virtual hard drive you will first have to install it normally e.g. "My Documents" and then assign a drive letter eg. using "subst" as described in the thread linked by Norbert

    If the default location gives you an error too then please open up Event Viewer (Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative tools) and look for errors in the Application and Setup logs.

    • Oron J
      July 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Actually that's not the case. Google drive creates a separate virtual drive.

    • Faisal Khan
      July 10, 2013 at 2:33 am

      Yes Jan F i do have an F drive but the case is i can't install it because its not allowing me to do so on FAT32. Google Drive only installs on NTFS drives. Thanks for replying.

  5. Hovsep A
    July 9, 2013 at 10:38 am
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