Google Drive: Does trashing "Recent" files actually delete the real files?

kingbengals

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I'm trying to organize my Google Drive (online not on the phone app) as it’s a mess currently. I was removing everything I could in the My Drive, Computer folders. That was easy. When I got to the “Recent” folder it has 100's of files. I thought they were just reminders like cookies or browser histories pointing to the files I opened recently. I moved about 400 to the Trash folder. I did some research & I saw posts saying permanently deleting the files from the Google Drive "Trash" folder would permanently delete the actual files! Is that true?! So let’s say I have 10 pictures on my laptop C: drive & they are synced with Google Drive. I open each one up 1 time so they show up as "recent" files in Google Drive. If I move those 10 files from the Recent folder to the Trash folder & then delete them from the Google Trash folder will the 10 files also be deleted off the C: drive? That would seem crazy if true. I just want to make sure I'm not permanently deleting files I want to keep on my laptop. Any help would be great!
Thanks!
 

gsp.gr81

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It's not like in Windows OS that by removing resents you are just removing the shortcuts.
In Drive you're actually removing the originals.
Don't treat the recent tab as a folder, but do treat anything inside it as the actual original copy.
 

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