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 achieve it? 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 achieve it, 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 folders with Google Drive efficiently. Besides Google Drive's official tool, you can also try some free third-party tools to automatically sync folder to Google Drive 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.
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 folder automatically sync them to the cloud. If you have multiple computers, you can also sync multiple computers with Backup and Sync.
Way 2. Sync via a Third-Party Tool
Another way to sync local folders to Google Drive is by using a third-party tool. You can choose a free tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is a professional backup software for Windows PC and laptops. With it, 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 install the desktop app of these cloud drives on your computer, AOMEI Backupper Standard can recognize it as a backup destination. And besides cloud drive, it also supports syncing files or folders to NAS/Network drives, external hard drives, and so on.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install, and launch it.
Step 2. Open AOMEI Backupper Standard and click Sync and Basic Sync subsequently.
Step 3. Click Add Folder to select the folders that you want to sync to Google Drive.
Step 4. Click the drop-down menu, tag on Select a cloud drive, choose Google Drive in the next windows and click OK to exit this window. Then, click Start Sync.
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 backup Google Drive files to another cloud storage directly with CBackup.
CBackup is a professional cloud backup service for Windows PCs. It provides many useful features like cloud to cloud backup, cloud to cloud sync as well as PC cloud backup. Meanwhile, it also offers many wonderful backup settings including scheduled backup, file filter, email notification and so on to improve your backup efficiency.
Let’s see how to protect your Google Drive files with CBackup:
Step 1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the signup page, then type your email, password, and name to create your account.
Step 2. Click “Added Cloud +” under “Added Clouds” tab, select your clouds (here is Google Drive and OneDrive), and click “Add”. Then sign in to your Google Drive and OneDrive account and authorize CBackup to access and manage your files on the cloud.
Step 3. Click on “Backup Tasks” tab on the left, then, click “New Task” button. Name your backup 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 backup files from Google Drive to OneDrive.
As mentioned above, CBackup also offers a PC cloud backup tool, which can help you back up files or folders from Windows PCs to its secure cloud, and CBackup offers huge storage space.
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.