Google Drive File Stream cache bug fills up drive #

Despite the sunny promise of version 26.1's July 24, 2018 release note ("Drive File Stream now guarantees that it won't use more than 20% of the free local disk space when caching files."), Google Drive File Stream cache continues to fill up virtually all available space on many drives.

Heinzelmann's solution of setting ContentCacheMaxKbytes to 100MB is excellent but incomplete; these are the steps I needed to follow in order to resolve the issue:

  1. Uninstall:
    1. Sign out and quit Google Drive File Stream
    2. Uninstall Google Drive File Stream
    3. Delete %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\DriveFS (which generally corresponds to \Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS)
    4. Reboot
  2. Apply the registry patch:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
  3. Reinstall Google Drive File Stream and sign in

/misc | Sep 29, 2019

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