Best FREE Google Drive Backup Software for Windows PCs

If you are looking for the best free Google Drive backup software, keep reading below and learn how to backup files to Google Drive automatically.


by Ivy Updated on November 24, 2022

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About Google Drive

Google Drive (also called Google Drive for desktop) is an online data storage service supported by Google, which allows you to put your photos, docs, sheets, drawings, videos, and other files to Google drive, and access these files across multiple devices, like computers, tablets, or mobile devices.

It offers free users 15GB of free storage space and allows 100 participants to meet video and voice conferencing. For advanced features, such as target audience sharing, shared drives for your team, custom business email, admin centralized administration, etc, and more space, varying from 100GB to 30TB, you need to use its business standard plan or others. 

Google Drive

What should you do to backup data to Google Drive? Is there any Google Drive backup software in Windows computer? Get answers below.

The Need to Backup Google Drive Data

As a matter of fact, many users backup files to Google Drive or backup files in it and think it is a backup for their files. Because it indeed create an exact copy of files keeps away from computer disaster, and we usually call it offsite backup.

But you may lose data due to different reasons, such as human error, unknown, unresolved, hacked, etc. The first option accounts for the highest percentage has been well over 50%. It can be accidental deletions, malicious deletion, or intentional deleting of no longer used data. 

Fortunately, Google Drive does not delete files permanently but temporarily saves them to the trash folder and you can easily recover files in 90 days. If you empty the trash, you can choose to consult with Google supports. For G Suite for Work or Education, Google offers a roughly 25-day “grace period” after permanent deletion.

Google Drive Offer Two Google Backup Software

Google Drive is widely used all over the world due to its safety and convenience. And it provides users with two backup and sync software in the previous systems and then integrated into Google Drive for desktop.

  • Google Backup and Sync. For individuals who is running Windows 7 or higher editions, not including Windows Servers.

  • Google Drive File Stream. For teams who are running Windows 7 or higher, Windows Server 2012 or higher. And you should have a G suite account first to enjoy Google Drive File Stream.

However, you will find some problems like below. And they may exist in the newly Google Drive for desktop. 

1. Google drive not syncing all files or not syncing using Backup and Sync if you are the individual user. Here are the quick fixes:

  • Check network connection

  • Restart Google Drive Backup and Sync

  • Uninstall and reinstall Google Backup and Sync

  • Clear cache and storage for Google Drive

  • Delete files to free up space

  • Upgrade to Google Drive plan with a larger storage

  • Reconnect the Google account

  • Rename Google Drive Backup and Sync exe file

  • Run Google Drive app as administrator

  • Temporary turn off the firewall and antivirus

2. Google Drive File Stream not working. The quick fixes are listed here (test one by one):

  • Rename the DriveFS folder

  • Update your OS and the File Stream app

  • Check Network connection

  • Disable your antivirus and firewall

  • Uninstall the Chrome Remote Desktop (Screen Scraper Software)

  • Use Google Drive File Stream through another user

  • Disable the other version of the Google Cloud Service

  • Uninstall the Google File Stream App and reinstall the updated version

  • Save Google Drive File Stream files offline

The Best Google Drive Backup Tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard

Although Google Drive provides Google Backup and Sync & File Stream or Google Drive for desktop, but it may not work as expected. If you are experiencing backup or sync issues or want the best Google Drive backup tool, it's highly recommended to use the third-party Google Drive backup software - AOMEI Backupper Professional.

With it, you are capable of backing up or syncing files to Google Drive automatically. And you have 2 ways in the following: 

File Backup: It allows you to backup PC files to Google Drive or vice versa in daily, weekly, or monthly and compresses them into an image file. So no one can modify your files without restoring them first. 
Sync:  It makes an exact copy of files just as it was and you can easily modify it at any time. It offers users 4 sync options, such as basic sync, real-time sync, mirror sync, and two-way sync, and all of them will sync all the changes made later.

Besides, if you are a free user of Google Drive but with a large number of files, you still can try the Cloud Backup feature, which is able to back up files to AOMEI Cloud (a cloud drive released by AOMEI) and offers users 1TB of free storage in 15 days after registration. 

Please download the Google Drive backup software 30-day free trial to perform Google Drive cloud backup.  Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1,10 and 11, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions, are supported.  For server systems, AOMEI Backupper Server is here for help.

How to Backup Files to Google Drive Automatically

Thus, here we will show you the two ways to backup files to Google Drive automatically:

Before backup/sync files to Google Drive, ensure you have installed Backup and Sync app, or Drive File Stream, or Google Drive for desktop (latest Google Drive backup software ), and log on your Google account. 

Way 1: Automatically Sync files to Google Drive

Here is the steps to sync files to Google Drive automatically. Here take the Real-Time Sync feature as an example. And you can also use other sync features, depending on schedule time, sync direction or other factors.

Step 1. Perform Google backup tool - AOMEI Backupper Professional, choose Sync > Real-Time Sync.

Real Time Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder button to choose the files you would like to sync to Google Drive, rename the Task Name if required.

Add Folder

Step 3. Tap the inverted triangle icon and Select a cloud drive, choose the Google Drive as the destination.

Select A Cloud Drive

Choose Google Drive

★ Tip: You can also click Options to comment on the sync task, and verify the integrity of the files in the destination directory during synchronization, etc.

Step 4. Click Start Sync >> to perform sync files to Google Drive in real time. If something changes occurred to the source, you will find the changes files synced to the Google Drive automatically.

Select Google Drive As Destination

Way 2: Backup Files to Google Drive Automatically

If you just want to backup files to Google Drive with a compression image file, and keep it. Try the File Bacup feature with Schedule option and refer to the following steps:

Step 1. Run Google Drive backup software to the main interface, select Backup > File Backup subsequently.

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to choose files or folders to backup. Modify the Task Name if need be.

Add File or Folder

Step 3. Hit the inverted triangle icon and Select a cloud drive, choose the Google Drive as the destination.

Select Cloud Drive

Choose Google Drive

★ Tip: Except for Google cloud backup, you could backup files to external hard drive, local disk, USB flash drive, NAS or network share, and CD/DVD, and so on.

Step 4.Tap Schedule Backup, choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, or USB plug in and hit OK.

Schedule Settings General

★ Tips:
Options: It allows you to encrypt, compress, split, comment the image file, and enable email notification, etc.
In Schedule Backup settings, you could wake the computer to run scheduled tasks automatically and preset the Shut down task after backup completes. 
 In Backup Scheme settings, you could create incremental or differential backup to only backup changed files and delete old backup automatically with one of cleanup methods to save storage space and avoid the backup disk full error.  

Step 5. Press Start Backup to auto backup files to Google Drive.

Start Backup Files to Google Drive

How to Backup Files  to Cloud Drive without Installing Desktop App

 If you don't want to install the desktop application, you still can try the Cloud Backup feature as long as you have an AOMEI account. It integrates with a cloud drive named AOMEI Cloud and offers you 1TB of free storage in 15 days after registration.

Step 1. Open backup or sync software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. Select Backup followed by Cloud Backup.

Cloud Backup

Step 2. Edit "Task Name" to distinguish it from other backup tasks. Click Add Folder or Add File to select the files or folders you want to backup. 

Add Files

Step 3. AOMEI Cloud is selected as the destination by default. Here are two situations in the following:

  • You have an AOMEI account. Click Login and type your user name and password to log in your account. And finally,  it will display the total space and used space here. 
  • You are new to AOMEI. Click Sign up and follow the on-screen instructions to create an AOMEI account. And then log in with your account.

Signup and Login

★Tip: You can also set Schedule Backup features - Daily, Weekly, and Monthly to make it run automatically. And the  incremental backup is the default backup method.

Step 4. Click Start Backup button to backup files to AOMEI Cloud. If you set a scheduled time, it will backup files according to the preset time.

Start Backup

★ Tip: If you would like to create backups for unlimited computers, please try AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus.

The End

AOMEI Backupper Professional is one of the best Google Drive backup software, which can help you backup files to Google Drive effortlessly. If you want to backup Google Drive files, please directly select files in the Google Drive desktop folder. You can also backup files to AOMEI Cloud and enjoy 1TB of free storage in 15 days.

For IT Technicians who is going to manage and monitor backups for all clients within your company, AOMEI Centralized Backupper would be your best choice. It still supports file, partition, system and disk backup.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.