Google drive

I have a few thousand images in a google drive folder which I transferred from my iphone photos.
The annoying thing with google drive is that it doesn't load all the photos at once or even list them at once, so I have the pain staking task of when scrolling to the bottom of the screen, I need to wait before more of the photos load.  This makes searching for files very hard and frustrating!

On top of that, all the dates of the files are exactly the same (probably the date when I last uploaded all 1000 of them, which I guess is what the last modified date is).

My questions are:
1. Is there a way to force google drive to list all files (I dont care how long the scroll will be but I cant have it load like that)
2. Is there way of ordering the photos by date of photo taken and not when I uploaded them all?

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Ankit PareekOnline MarketingCommented:
Hey for your first query answer is that photos will be load on the basis of your internet connection speed. Because you have saved them on the cloud and it will be take times to load first time
For ordering of photos this will be not working on a Google drive you not able to customize your files and folders to date or time as you want.
If you have Google drive app, then the option will be found in app for shorting via last modified, name, last open by options only. Date and time option is not here
u587162Author Commented:
I have a 100mb internet connection so its not a speed issue or computer issue to do with caching either, because even if I go back to the same folders again after logging out, the same issue occurs.  I think maybe it was designed that way, that google drive does not load all files until you scroll to the bottom and another 50 or so get added, and then the same applies again, scroll to the bottom then another 50 etc etc.

Only problem with the google drive app, is that it will sync the files back to my computer which will consume space.
Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
Google Drive, at times, does have loading speed issue.   You notice this in any folder with many subfolders and links.

You can change the view of the folder so that you are not loading large images, as this is also impacted by the cpu and ram of your machine, and resources available to the browser.

Unless you use a data migration tool, Google sets the last modified date everytime the file is saved, including when uploaded.  This is a bummer and an often requested enhancement.  Drive should preserve meta data when uploading files.

If you're working off a Windows platform, we have many of our customers setup Drive Sync Client then:

C:\...>cd Google Drive

C:\...\Google Drive>SUBST G: .

These commands create a G: drive in Windows explorer.  Ironically, scrolling folders is faster this way.
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u587162Author Commented:

The only problem with having a sync client is that it will involve me bring all the photos back onto the PC / mac, which as i am short on space will be an issue, correct?

I just find it difficult to believe the folks at Google would find it difficult to implement a feature like sorting by other criteria or even saving meta data.  Its also like the issue about forcing its iOS users to have threaded conversations in the gmail app despite people requesting an option to have non threaded versions.

I dont understand the last two lines of syntax in your last msg?
Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
I have a better understanding of what you are looking for.  Here is how we solve the problem.

We use Gladinet Team license (without their bundled storage) and connect it to Google Drive.  We can then map the H:> drive, or any drive letter, to Google Drive.  Instead of sync, Gladinet caches.  

Only several GB of files recently added to Drive or used will be on your local disk.
u587162Author Commented:
Is this practical for a simple home user?  is it free?
Didnt understand your last line again, are you saying that I still need to keep several gb of data locally on my PC?
Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
It is affordable, not free, and can work for a home user.

Yes, it keeps cache on your local PC.   I have 40GB of files in Drive, my cache is about 3.5 GB.
u587162Author Commented:
How much is it for the home user?  I'm kind of down to my last 1-2 gbs on my computer so i need to find time for a proper clear out.  Does this software however give you the advanced functionality for searching and sorting?

Also I guess that I would be required to go via this software and its not accessed via  Windows Explorer?
Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
My apologies.  I did not see the notifications

Gladinet starts at $6.99 per month
u587162Author Commented:

So just to clarify, I am using the web version of Google drive not the local install plug in, for the reason that I dont want to have things syncing both ways in case I have screw things up.  I like to just keep the web version files and download if necessary.

So on that basis, if I have some a few thousand photos, I just want them all loading on one screen so I dont need to keep click next next next after every 50 photos OR the fact that some photos dont load at all, only a blank icon until i hover over it.  

Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
Unfortunately, what you are looking to do is just not possible. Google Drive will cash and scroll, it's the way it works.

As for better organizing your photos, you can set up Google photos as part of a drive. It is a special format folder specifically designed for photos. You may be able to capture the picture date

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