One Way Sync Google Photos Cloud-->hard drive

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Just want to verify that this is won't wipe my Cloud files

rclone sync GPhotos:/media/by-year /media/kenny/GDrive/GPhotos

GPhotos is empty on the receiving side, but I am hoping to periodically update via a CRON. I will never send back to Google Photos.

What is your rclone version (output from rclone version)


Which OS you are using and how many bits (eg Windows 7, 64 bit)

Linux Mint 19.2

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)

Google Photos

neither copy or sync will ever delete anything from the source, so nothing in your GPhotos: is at risk in any way. Sync is appropriate for this job if you want the destination to always be the same as the source (including removing any files on the destination that you choose to remove on the source).

Just don't use move obviously.

Besides, if you are ever in any doubt - try using
this will just simulate the operation and give you the output of what would happen, but transfers actually being performed. You can verify that you didn't make a blunder in the way you wrote the command before actually running it.

You probably also have to use
-v (verbose output)
if you want to see extended details about what happens.

-P or --progress is also just generally useful as it will display real-time stats of the transfer, like speed, files done/remaining, what files are transferring right now ect.

WTF, after doing a dry run, I just wung it.

The following worked fine!

rclone sync GPhotos:/media/by-year /media/kenny/GDrive/GPhotos

Not to build a cron job to run this on a schedule :slight_smile:

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