Turns out Google Photos wasn’t alone in getting a space-saving feature because Google Drive has undergone a similar change. According to Google, “Drive can store terabytes (upon terabytes) but there’s a good chance your computer’s hard drive will run out of space if you sync everything. Fortunately, you can now select which folders or subfolders you want to sync — and deselect the ones you don’t. When you deselect a folder, it’ll be removed from your computer but still kept safely in Drive. And Drive shows you the size of each folder, so you’ll know how much space you’re freeing up.”
So if you’re a heavy Google Drive user and you’d rather not sync everything, especially if you’d rather not sync work files on your home PC, then this feature might come in handy. In addition to allowing users to select what files to sync, Google has also included notifications to warn users that by deleting certain files or folders can cause other users to lose access.