By Jessie / Last update November 18, 2022

 

Why Restore Backup From Google Drive to PC?

Google Drive is a cloud storage device commonly used by people who will choose to backup files and folders to Google Drive to access the data and sync the changed information online. Some users want to restore backup from Google Drive to PC, this article summarizes several common reasons below.

  • Offline access to files: Files backed up on Google Drive are online files, so you can only view the files when you have an Internet connection. If you restore the backup from Google Drive to PC, you will be able to access and view the files anytime even when you are offline.
  • Protect data: If your Google account is accidentally hacked and your account is terminated, then it may result in files being lost forever. To avoid data loss in this case, you can restore the backup from Google Drive to PC or an external hard drive for storage.
  • Save space on Google Drive: Google Drive only provides limited storage space for free (up to 15GB for free Gmail users). So you can restore some files to PC to save space on Google Drive.

How to Restore Backup From Google Drive to PC

Next, the article will show you how to restore backup from Google Drive to PC in 3 useful ways. You can use Google Drive website, Google Takeout and the free third-party restore software to help you. You can choose any of these methods according to your own needs. You can keep reading for more details.

How To Restore Backup From Google Drive To PC

Restore Backup From Google Drive to PC via Google Drive Website

The first method to restore backup from Google Drive to PC is to download backups directly from Google Drive to your computer via the download option on Google Drive website. You can follow the steps below.

Step 1. Navigate to Google Drive website, and sign in with your Google account.

Step 2. Choose the file or folder you want to restore from Google Drive to PC. Right-click on the file or folder and click the Download button.

Google Drive Download

Step 3. After clicking on the Download button, it will compress the selected folder in a ZIP file and download it to your PC. Repeat this operation for all folders and files that you wish to restore from Google Drive to PC.

Note:

This method can't restore backup from Google Drive to PC automatically or cannot directly download complete data from Google Drive to your PC or external hard drive. You need to download each folder one by one. If you want to download the files and folders automatically, you can try the next method.

Restore Backup From Google Drive to PC via Google Takeout

It would be troublesome to restore all the data stored in Google by downloading them one by one. If you want to restore all the backup from Google Drive to PC at once, you can use Google Takeout to download all your backup automatically. Follow the steps below to learn how to copy backup from Google Drive to PC in one go. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Navigate to Google Takeout, click Deselect all and tick the Drive checkbox, then click Next step.

Google Takeout Checkbox

Step 2. Customize your archive format by selecting the Delivery method, frequency, File type and Archive size, then click Create archive.

Create Archive

Step 3. After the archive is completed, the download link will be sent via email, you can download it as a zip archive and store it on your local hard drive.

Restore Backup From Google Drive to PC via Third-party Software (Easiest)

In addition to the above two methods, you can also choose an easier method, which is to use the free third-party software AOMEI Backupper Standard to restore backup from Google Drive to PC. It has the following advantages compared with the previous two methods.

  • Quickly restore any backups: Google Drive website or Google Takeout can only restore folders one by one or select all of them. But AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you to select some folders in Google Drive to restore, and you don't need to download them manually one by one.
  • All-in-one backup and restore: This software is both backup and restore software, so you can restore directly after backup without switching to other software, which is very convenient.
  • Support multiple systems: It supports multiple Windows operating systems, including Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.
  • Easy to operate: You can easily restore backup from Google Drive to PC with just a few clicks. And the restore process can be done locally, so you don't need to access the cloud drive.

Then, you can follow the graphic tutorial below to restore backup from Google Drive to PC.

Please note that AOMEI Backupper Standard can only restore files from backup created by itself. If you don't have a file backup, please download this free software first and create a file backup.

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File Backup

If you have already prepared a backup of your files, then you can start restoring them by following the steps below. If your backup is on an external hard drive, you need to connect it to your computer and make sure that the computer recognizes it.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Standard, click Restore > Select Task to find your file backup.

Select Task

Step 2. Choose the file backup containing all your files and then click Next.

Select Image

Step 3. Select files or folders you want to restore from Google Drive to PC and then click Next to continue.

Select Folders Files

Step 4. Select Restore to original location or Restore to a new location based on your own needs. Then, click Start Restore to restore backup from Google Drive to PC.

Restore To Original Location

Summary

To access your data easily or protect your data carefully, it is very important to restore backup from Google Drive to PC. You can choose the 3 methods mentioned in this article to help you achieve the goal.

Google Drive website can download files to your computer but you need to download them one by one manually, which will take a lot of time if you need to restore many files. Google Takeout can automatically download all the files in Google Drive for you, but in most cases, many users don't need to download all the files locally.

AOMEI Backupper Standard, a free third-party software, is the easiest way you can choose. It can automatically restore backups from Google Drive to PC, and you can select any files you want to restore at once. It also supports multiple Windows operating systems.

In addition to restore files and folders, it can also restore systems, disks and partitions. Its Universal Restore feature even helps you to restore system image to a computer with different hardware. You can upgrade to the Pro version to experience more features.