How to Resolve Google Drive Creating Copy Not Working or Stuck

I recently tried to make a copy of a document since I was asked to make edits to the copy and preserve the original as it is. The process began as soon as I clicked on the Make a copy option, but it got stuck. What do I do?


This is a scenario faced by many Google Drive users. The reason for the “Google Drive creating copy stuck” issue. The most common ones include browser configuration-related issues, accumulation of browser cache, insufficient Google Drive storage, and conflicting third-party extension/ plug-in or VPN. This post will discuss effective ways of resolving the issues while addressing the aforementioned reasons.

How to Resolve Google Drive Creating Copy Not Working or Stuck

1. Check Storage

The free version of Google Drive provides 15 GB of free storage space. This includes the files in your Google Drive, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, and all other services. If your storage space is full, you will not be able to create duplicate files. To check your storage space –

  1. Visit
  2. From the top-right corner of the screen, select the account for which you want to check the storage (if not already selected).


If you are running out of storage space you may have to free some space. Let’s say you want to create duplicate files for a reason. And, what’s stopping you is redundant duplicate photos taking up space. To resolve the issue, you can take the help of a powerful tool like Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro. It is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. And, since we are talking about duplicate photos on Google Drive, the software has a dedicated module to do just that, and here’s how. For the purpose of this blog, we’ll use Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro on Windows 11.

  1. Download, run and install Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro


  2. Select Scan Google Drive from the dropdown as shown in the screenshot below.scan
  3. Sign in with the Google account from which you want to remove duplicate photos.choose-account
  4. Click on Continuefrom the bottom-right corner.sign-in
  5. Select the folder in your Google Drive that has duplicate photos. You can click on the Refreshbutton if you have added a folder recently and if it is not
  6. Once you have selected the folder, click on OK.
  7. Click on the blue-colored Scan for Duplicatesbutton from the bottom.upgrade
  8. Now that all the duplicate photos are listed click on the Automark option from the top-left
  9. With one duplicate marked in each group, you can now click on the Delete Marked option from the bottom of the interface.delete

There you have it! All your duplicates are gone once and for all. You can even check the amount of storage you might have restored by removing unnecessary duplicate photos.

2. Use Incognito Mode or The Private Browsing Mode of Your Browser

If the functionality of creating copies is not working on your Google Drive, here is a simple way in which you might just be able to fix the issue. You can fire up the Incognito Mode (Google Chrome) or any equivalent private browsing mode in your browser and then sign in to your Google Drive account. By doing this can fix any browser configuration-related issues that stop you from creating copies in Google Drive. For instance, if you use Google Chrome, press ctrl + shift + N to open the Incognito Mode and sign in to your Google Drive account.


3.Disable Ad Blockers If Any

Quite possibly an Ad Blocker or your VPN is interfering with Google Drive because you cannot create copies, or the process has got stuck. In either case, try disabling both and then come back and create a copy of the file you intend to.

To Disable An Ad Blocker Extension On Chrome –

  1. Click on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner.
  2. Click on More Tools and then click on Extensions.make-a-copy
  3. Toggle the on/off switch to off (to the left).remove

4.Clear Browser Cache

Browser cache and cookies are meant to enhance user experience. However, there are times when the cookies and cache get corrupt and create issues. For example, not being able to create copies in Google Drive is one of them. To clear the browser cache, let’s consider Google Chrome –

  1. Click on the three vertical dots.
  2. Click on More Tools.
  3. Click on Clear Browsing Data and then click on Clear data.clear-browsing-data

Now try and create a copy of the file that you intend to.

5.Check Server Status

Although not a very common scenario, the issue of not being able to copy files on Google Drive may surface when there are server-side issues. You can always check the same with your counterparts or head to this website and check Google Drive’s server status.


Wrapping Up

Not being able to create a copy of a file in Google Drive when in need can be frustrating and we hope these fixes will help you fix the issue in no time. We’d again like to reinstate that if existing redundant duplicate files are creating hindrance and if you want to free up precious storage space, you can use a tool like Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro. For more such helpful content, keep reading WeTheGeek.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1. Why Is Creating Copy on Google Drive Stuck?

There can be one too many reasons you cannot create a copy of files on Google Drive. You cannot probably run out of your free 15 GB storage, or there are issues with a plug-in or Ad blocker that you have recently installed. We have discussed all such issues in this post and have even mentioned how you can resolve them.

Q.2. How Much Time Does It Take To Copy A File On Google Drive?

If your Google Drive account is stuck while trying to copy a file, you may have to exercise some patience. It could be that your internet speed is a little slow, or you are trying to copy a large file that might take a bit longer.

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