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Sometimes, when you’ve exhausted all your options and still can’t find your file, it’s time to consider that it may have been Orphaned.

Orphaned files are homeless files created when someone (who is NOT the file’s OWNER) deletes a shared file or folder in Google Drive. 

The file then loses its parent folder, becomes ‘homeless’ and harder to find. 

Find and Rehome Orphaned Files

There are 3 Different ways to recover Orphaned Files.

A. Know the file’s name? Search directly using the ”Drive Search”.

    1. Go to Drive on a computer ?  log in with your Google account.
    2. Go to Search ? search for the file by entering its name. It will appear in the results of the search, even if it’s not in any folder. You can then rehome it to any folder you choose.

B. Don’t know the file’s name?  Use parameters in the Drive search.

    1. Go to Drive on a computer ?  log in with your Google account.
    2. Go to Search ? search for the following special parameters: is: unorganized owner: me (By adding owner: me, only the files that you have created that are not in a folder will come out).

C. Find Orphaned Files Using GAT

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