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Work Vanishes from Google Drive: User Data At Risk

Google Drive users are reporting significant data losses, with some files disappearing without a trace. The issue has persisted for several days


Google Drive users are facing a serious issue as users have reported significant data losses on an official support document. A number of individuals have taken to 's support forums to reveal that their files have been disappearing without a trace. According to these reports, months of work and business data that appeared secure in Google's cloud service have been affected. Some users have found their accounts reflecting content from May 2023, with subsequent additions completely missing.

“Hi, my Google Drive files suddenly disappeared. The Drive literally went back to condition in May 2023. data from May until today disappeared, and the folder structure went back to status in May,” one user explained in a separate post. “Google Drive activity doesn't show any changes  (only show activity that was in May) No files was deleted manually, so no files in Trash. I never sync or shared my files and drive to anyone, I used the drive locally.”

Failed Recovery Attempts

The issue appears to have persisted for several days, with users' attempts at recovery proving to be unsuccessful. The affected individuals attempted to regain access to their files by examining cached data, but with limited success. Advice from what seems to be Google support suggests refraining from making any alterations to the root or data folders while an investigation is underway. However, the absence of a concrete resolution is causing unease among Google Drive customers who rely on the platform for their needs.

One user said they may have lost months of data during the wipe, “I have the EXACT same issue – 6 months worth of business data wiped! If you want to reference my case number from Support: case ID: 7-5779000034938 Google are denying responsibility for this data being wiped.”

Cloud Storage Reliability Questioned

The incident is a striking reminder of the vulnerabilities of solutions. Despite the widespread adoption of cloud services for their convenience and accessibility, incidents such as this highlight potential risks. The trust placed in cloud storage providers comes with the assumption of and persistence, but this breach in Google Drive's reliability challenges that premise. Companies and individuals are urged to have backups and consider the service terms closely.

In past events, has experienced its share of difficulties, including an incident earlier in 2023 involving water damage in its Parisian data center. Similarly, European hosting provider OVH's fire in 2021 caused significant data losses for their customers. As cloud storage services continue to be an integral part of digital infrastructure, the latest development with Google Drive serves as a cautionary tale about the critical nature of understanding and managing data backup and recovery plans.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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