Google Drive Direct Download of large files

If your in a situation like I just described on the subject, you will be thanking me and the person I am about to link too.

I was in a situation today where I needed to download some large files from Google Drive, but needed it to be done from the Linux command line with wget. I could see how it worked, but didn’t have the time to sit down and figure it out exactly. After a bit of searching I came across a blog post here by someone else. They already did the hard yards and wrote a perl script.

All I can say is a big thank you to the author on that blog who wrote the gdown.pl perl script. It worked great. Saved me a few hours in fact.

In addition I also worked out that if you take the id=value from the Google Drive File Share link, you can data mine a bit of information associated to the file in question.

Check out the page here, and use the Try it link. Insert in you File ID and it will tell you from which account its being shared etc.

 

Replacement Seagate drive arrives

The replacement Seagate drive arrived earlier today. It appears the RMA process is pretty painless and works very well.

Replacement drive shows up as having the same period of warranty remaining, so all good. The interesting thing to note on the new drive is the label, I’ll take a photo tonight and post it on this entry. Basically the label indicates the drive was reworked.

Now I just need to buy an external case to make use of it, since it was replaced with a Samsung 500GB almost immediately when it died. So no external case available any more to use the Seagate in.

Drive Failure

It would appear the Seagate 320Gb drive I’ve been using in an external case decided to start giving some errors. It ONLY started to happen once the drive got certain capacity. Lost a number of days of recorded TV as the drive is used as my recording drive for my Mac Mini.

Ran Seatools over the drive it has about 90+ LBA surface errors. Repair completes, but short test fails again with a new one. Looks as though it is terminal. I managed to pull most data off the drive, but the recorded programs in the section of the LBA surface errors would not be obtainable. Oh well.

Replaced it with a Samsung 500Gb drive which I purchased yesterday. This new drive is SO quiet, not to mention very well priced.