Google Drive constantly eating around 30% CPU usage on an Haswell i5

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Vlad Rose

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I am having an issue with my Google drive app on my desktop. At some point while the machine is running (probably during a sync), the Google drive app starts using up around 30% of my CPU usage time. This would be fine except it stays that way indefinitely until the app itself is closed. This has been an issue for a while and updates to Google drive have not solved it. I am running windows 8.1 and using a Haswell i5 4670k. My antivirus is currently Windows Defender, but I was running Bit Defender at one point; with the same result.

Has anyone had similar issues to this and what methods have you tried to resolve it; outside closing or uninstalling the app?

 

Vlad Rose

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I did both before, still no luck. According to the article you linked, I'm not the only one with the issue with no solution present; making a lot of people switch to Dropbox. I had google searched the issue before as well, with similar results. Guess no more google sync app on my machine anymore.. lol
 

johey

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Same problem here. Windows7, i7-2620M, 8GB RAM.

Nothing to synchronize and Google Drive sync consuming constantly (for multiple days, so I assume it's endless) 25% of the cpu.

Restarting the process does not seem to help.

Maybe this occurs if your Google Drive contains too many files (mine has over 20,000) ?
 

Vlad Rose

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I don't really have much in the way of files on mine atm as it's a redundant backup of my dropbox for pictures, but I have the same result.
 

Darren Leung

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It seems that Google Drive Sync causes problems when it's trying to sync either a file that cannot be sync'd (for whatever reason) or trying to sync when there is no (or a non-functional) internet connection.
Even if your Drive is working right now, try putting your computer in airplane mode (or canning the connection) and then putting a blank document in a Google Drive. That usually messes things up for me.
 
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