Google adds new file recovery option to the new Drive for desktop app
Google upset a lot of people recently when synchronization issues caused a "small subset" of Google Drive users to lose months' of data. The number of people affected is not known, but even a small subset of a large userbase is, potentially, a huge number.
Now there is some good news. In releasing an updated version of Drive for desktop, Google is giving users access to file recovery options that should make it possible to regain access to files that were lost.
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As Google explains in a help document that accompanies the release of the updated version of Drive for desktop, the problem affected people using version 188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206 of the app. The advice is to install version 220.127.116.11 or higher and use the instructions provided on the help website.
Strangely, the option to recover lost files is not visible by default, even after installing the latest version of the software. In order to access this option, you will need to click the Drive for desktop icon in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (macOS), and then hold the Shift key while clicking the button. This done, a "Recover from backups" option should become available.
Full details are available in Google's support documentation.