By Lily / Last update May 6, 2022

Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage service produced by Microsoft. It is widely used for storing data online without any extra hard drive and it provides a large space up to 5 TB for free, and you can use all data on the Google Drive by accessing your Google account.

Google Drive

Backup files to Google Drive via Backup and Sync

Google Drive has been disconnected, and Google launched a new tool called Backup and Sync in 2017, which is used to replace Google Drive and Photos desktop apps for Windows PCs and Macs. And it gives you two methods to backup files with Google Drive, including, directly drag and drop folders into Google Drive folder, sync specific folders without “Copy and Paste”.

If you still haven’t upgraded to the latest version, you need to download from Google Drive page. Then, see detailed steps to backup PC files:

1. Sign in your Google account and you will see extra two tabs, “My Computer” and “Google Drive”.

Sign in

2. Sync specific folders with Google Drive app. In the “My Computer” page, click "CHOOSE FOLDER" and select the folders you want to sync.

Sync Local Folder To Google Drive

3. Sync Google Drive to local computer. In the “Google Drive” page, tick “Sync everything in My Drive” or “Sync only these folders” under “Sync My Drive to this computer”.

Sync My Drive To This Computer

4. Click “Start” to backup files from or to Google Drive. Wait until the process is 100% completed. Then, you can go to drive.google.com and see if all files are synced successfully. 

Note: After syncing, you will see a folder named “Google Drive” on the local computer, then you can directly copy your files to your Google Drive folder and it will sync them to drive.google.com as well.

Backup and Sync is not a restore tool

Google Drive is very useful, because it can help you sync local folder with Google Drive effortlessly. However, there is a problem: Google Drive will delete files from all devices if you delete them from Google Drive folder or drive.google.com. So, it’s not safe enough to use Backup and Sync for backup.

To protect your computer files or entire computer, professional backup software is better, because it gives you a chance for disaster recovery. Here, I’ll recommend you free backup and restore software for Windows 7/8/10-it’s AOMEI Backupper Standard. This software not only can help you auto backup files to Google Drive, but also offers you extra features for better experience.

  • Support “Schedule Sync”. This software offers you daily/weekly/monthly sync, which can help you backup files on a regular basis. And it does not require human intervention.

  • Email Notification available. With this feature, you don’t need to wait until the backup task is completed. It will tell you if the backup task is completed successfully or any error message pop up during the process.

  • Various storage devices supported. Besides Google Drive, this software also allows you to backup files to OneDrive, Dropbox, external hard drive, USB drive, etc.

More advanced way to auto backup files to Google Drive

1. Download the freeware AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it to your computer. Then, it will show you its main interface. 

Download FreewareWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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2. To backup files to Google Drive, here you need to click Sync, and select Basic Sync.

File Sync

3. Click Add Folder and select the folder you want to backup.

Add Folder

Note: If your folder has multiple files inside, you can set auto file extension with Filter Settings (Supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional).

4. Then, click the inverted triangle and Select a cloud drive to choose the Google Drive as the destination place.

Select A Cloud Drive

Google Drive

5. Before clicking Start Sync, you can click “Schedule Sync” or “Options” to set up an automatic file sync and other sync settings. Then, click Start Sync to launch the progress, and when the progress is done, click Finish to exit.

Schedule Sync

Speaking of file sync, “Real-time sync” is a specific feature you cannot ignore. This feature is used to sync files immediately once the changes have been made. If needed, please upgrade to the advanced version.

AOMEI Backupper also allows you to backup files to an image file. But the image file can only be used to recover your files when your computer runs normally. What if your system crashes? To avoid this situation, you still need to create a system backup and save it to a safe place, such as external hard drive.