Can I Automatically Sync Folder to Google Drive?
“I want to automatically sync specific folders to Google Drive, and it must be able to update in Google Drive if I delete them from the original folder, just maintain an exact copy in Google Drive. Do you know how to sync folder to Google Drive? If an application is needed, do you have any recommendations?”
Why Sync Folder to Google Drive?
There must be many important folders containing a large number of files like photos, documents, videos, etc. on our computer that you may want to make a copy of your data for security. As we all know, Google Drive is an advanced online storage service that can keep your data safely and far away from your location. What’s more, it offers a generous 15 GB free storage space that is enough for storing your important folders.
Therefore, you may want to sync your important folders to Google Drive for safekeeping. Given this is a long-term project, you must want to sync them to Google Drive automatically to save both time and effort. If you don’t know how to sync a folder to Google Drive , please read on.
How to Automatically Sync Computer Folder to Google Drive
To automatically sync the folder to Google Drive, you need to rely on some effective tools. Google releases a desktop sync tool called Backup and Sync to help you sync folder with Google Drive efficiently. Besides Google Drive's official tool, you can also try some free third-party tools to let Google Drive sync folder automatically and easily. Learn how to use these tools in the following contents.
Way 1. Sync via Google Drive Official Desktop App
Backup and Sync is Google Drive’s official desktop app for Windows and Mac, which offers two functionalities — backup and sync and has a lot of advantages. You can easily take an online backup of selected folders or files on your computer without your intervention. Let's see how to sync folder with Google Drive:
Step 1. On your computer, download and install Backup and Sync.
Step 2. Open Backup and Sync, sign in to the Google Account that you use for Google Drive.
Step 3. Select to back up only photos or videos, or all files. Select any folders you want to back up.
Step 4. You will be asked to choose if you want to sync Google Drive to this computer. You can choose to sync entire drive with your computer or sync specific folders on Google Drive with this computer. After selection. Click Start.
After setting up Backup and Sync on your computer, it will create a Google Drive folder on your computer to store the contents from Drive. You can see this folder in Windows Explorer and add files or folder into this folder to let Google Drive auto sync the folder to the cloud. If you have multiple computers, you can also sync multiple computers with Backup and Sync.
Way 2. Sync Folder to Google Drive automatically via a Third-Party Tool
Another way to achieve Google Drive folder sync automatically is by using a third-party tool. You can choose a free cloud backup service like CBackup, which is a professional cloud backup platform for Windows PC and laptops. With CBackup, you can sync files or folders to Google Drive automatically and easily.
It supports many mainstream cloud drives including Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. As long as you add these cloud drives on your CBackup account, CBackup can recognize it as a backup destination. And besides PC cloud backup, it also supports other useful features, like cloud to cloud backup, cloud to cloud sync, etc, it also supports useful backup settings, like schedule backup, email notification, and file filter to improve your backup efficency.
Step 1. Please download CBackup, install, and launch it. Then sign up for a free CBackup account and sign in to CBackup desktop app.
Step 2. Click the My Storage tab on the left, then select Add Cloud, then choose Google Drive and click Add, then follow the steps to grant access to CBackup.
Step 3. Click Backup Tasks > New Task, then click Add Source to select the folders that you want to sync to Google Drive, click Add Destination to select Google Drive as the destination.
Step 4. Press Settings > Scheduler > check the option "Set a backup schedule for automated backup", then choose One time only, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly, click OK, Then press Start Backup to auto sync folder to Google Drive.
Note: There are two other features you could configure in Settings at the bottom left corner:
✍ Email Notification: it will notify you the backup result after the backup task finished if you are not in front of the computer.
✍ File Filter: it allows you to exclude the file types you don't want to backup to cloud drive.
Tips About Access and Protect Folders in Google Drive
Tip 1. How to Access PC Files and Folders on Google Drive
You can access the folders that you backed up to through the Google Drive website. To make it easier for you to identify the PC folder and the local Google Drive folder, they are stored in a separate section of Google Drive. You can find them under the "Computer" section.
Step 1. Go to the website of Google Drive and sign in to your Google account.
Step 2. Find the Computer option in the menu on the left. You can find the local folder you have uploaded under this section.
Tip 2. How to Protect Files and Folders on Google Drive
Actually, the files in Google Drive are not absolutely safe, so, to avoid losing files both on local and Google Drive, you’d better make one more Google Drive backups. You can sync Google Drive files to another cloud storage directly with CBackup.
Let’s see how to protect your Google Drive files with CBackup:
Step 1. Please sign in to CBackup with your CBackup account.
Step 2. Click “Add Cloud” under “My Storage” tab, select your clouds (here is Google Drive and OneDrive), and click “Add”. Then follow the steps to authorize CBackup to access and manage your files on the cloud.
Step 3. Click on “Sync Tasks” tab on the left, then, click “New Task” button. Name your sync task, click the “Add Source” button to add Google Drive and click “Add Destination” to add another cloud (e.g. OneDrive).
Step 4. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to sync files from Google Drive to OneDrive.
As mentioned above, CBackup also offers a secure CBackup Cloud, which provides 10GB free cloud stroage, and offers 1000GB of CBackup Cloud at a reasonable price. CBackup allows you to get more Google Drive free cloud stroage space by combining multiple google drive accounts if your Google Drive storage full. And it can combines different cloud drives as well.
According to the contents above, you can use Google Backup and Sync tool to automatically sync folder to Google Drive. But sometimes, Google Backup and Sync may stop working for unknown reasons. If you meet this situation, you can use a Google Backup and Sync alternative like CBackup to sync files from local to Google Drive. Or, you can just take advantage of the CBackup to protect your files in Google Drive.