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autotldr t1_jeg48sc wrote

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 76%. (I'm a bot)

> The original message said: "The limit for the number of items, whether trashed or not, created by this account has been exceeded." And sometime in March, it was updated to say, "Error 403: This account has exceeded the creation limit of 5 million items. To create more items, move items to the trash and delete them forever." Since there is nothing anywhere that informs users Google Drive has a file limit, users originally thought this was a bug and asked Google to quickly fix it.

> Some users say they have gotten Google Support to privately confirm the limit is intended, and a pop-up message is starting to show up in the Drive UI for some users.

> Google is selling this storage to users, via both the Google Workspace business accounts and the consumer-grade Google One storage plans.

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crusoe t1_jegc0hx wrote

If you have TB of storage, which Google lets you pay for, that means you can't use most of it, at MB per file...

Google premium offers 2TB, 5 million files means every file needs to be at least 500k to make full use of it.


Obsidiath t1_jegfvpc wrote

People tend to vastly overestimate the file size of simple text-based files. Sure, 5 million files take up a LOT of space if it's all uncompressed photo or video files.

Assuming uncompressed text, using (mostly) exclusively Latin characters, 500k is already ~ 100.000 words.

The Hobbit is less than 100.000 words. The complete Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit Included, is around 560.000 words.

5 million files is nothing when you're storing plain old text files. Won't even be remotely close to 2TB, which is 2 million Megabytes, or between 3 to 4 million times the total word count of Lord of the Rings.


the_red_scimitar t1_jegp1vu wrote

Why? And what does fair have to do with it? It's unfair to me if I pay for the storage, and they have an undocumented limit that I run into. But exactly where does fairness come in here and why is 5 million "fair", but 5 million and one is not?