By Kelsey twitter/ Last Updated September 28, 2021

Why Do You Need Cloud Backup?

  • Are you afraid of accidentally losing the data stored on your hard drive?
  • Are you anxious that there is not enough space locally for backup?
  • Are you panicked that you have lost all local backups due to local accidents?
  • Backup all your data to the cloud offsite, never lose data and recover them from any PC.

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User case

“I want to move everything from my Google Drive to an external hard drive. I have 66 GB of data stored on this Google Drive that I want to move to an external hard drive. I can't see a way to backup Google Drive to external hard drive. Any advice would be appreciated!”

Why backup Google Drive to (external) hard drive?

Nowadays, cloud storage like Google Drive is more popular than external hard drives or USB drives. Compared with other physical storage solutions, cloud drive is more secure because it keeps your data remotely. In addition, most cloud storage offers useful apps to help users access their files from different devices with ease.

Cloud VS External Hard Drive

However, although cloud backup wins the battle of external hard drive vs cloud drive. some users still need to backup Google Drive to local or external hard drive sometimes. The reason is very simple. Backing up Google Drive to an external hard drive, hard drive or USB flash drive can add a layer of protection to your data to prevent file damage or virus infection.

For example, you may delete files by accident, or someone who shared access to Google Drive with you deleted initial data. Or maybe, your business became a victim of some malicious actions, which resulted in major data loss. Or maybe, you’re just in case.

If you are seeking the answers to the question: how to backup Google Drive files to external hard drive, hard drive, or USB, you can read on. There are efficient ways that you can follow in the next part.

How to backup Google Drive files to (external) hard drive

In the following contents, you will learn how to backup Google Drive to an external hard drive/hard drive/USB drive in two ways. Both of the ways are very simple, but if there are so many files you plan to download from Google Drive to external hard drive, you’d better turn to the second way directly to save time and effort.

Common way: Save Google Drive files to (external) hard drive manually

Situation 1. You use the Google Drive app to upload and store data

As we all know, Google Drive allows you to upload and access files through its web app. If you are using the web app, you can read on and learn how to backup Google Drive to USB drive or external hard drive:

Note: If you plan to back up Google Drive to external hard drive or USB drive, connect them to your computer and make sure they can be detected by your computer.

Step 1. Go to the Google Drive website and sign in to your account.

Google Drive Main

Step 2. Find the files or folder in Google Drive you want to put on the hard drive, external hard drive, or USB drive. Right-click the files or folder and choose Download. (If you want multiple files, hold down CTRL, and click all the files you want to put on the flash drive).

Google Dive Download

Note:

If you have set a default location to save downloaded files from the web, you can find the file you download there. And you can go to Settings to change the default location.

Change Download Location

If not, you may be asked to decide where to store the downloading file. When prompted, choose to save the file in the external hard drive or the USB flash drive and click Save.

Save To

Step 3. If there are many files that have been downloaded, you can create a temporary folder and put all the needed files in. Then, you can move this folder to your target drive in Windows Explorer.

Situation 2. When you have the Google Drive folder on your computer

Generally, when you download the Google Backup and Sync on your computer, you will have a folder in Windows Explorer called Google Drive folder on your computer that can help you sync files between the local PC and the cloud. So, you can also see all your Google Drive files here and directly move files from the Google Drive folder to the target drive.

Note: If you plan to backup files to external hard drive or USB drive, connect them to your computer and make sure they can be detected by your computer.

Step 1. Download and install Google Backup and Sync on your computer, it will create a Google Drive folder on your computer.

Google Drive Folder

Step 2. Connect your external hard drive with your computer and move files from the Google Drive folder to it.

Situation 3. When you need to backup the entire Google Drive to drives

Google Takeout can help your download the entire “My Drive” at once, using Google Takeout to back up all data at once with the following steps is a good option. But this way requires a high-speed network. So, if your internet is healthy, you can use this method.

Note: If you plan to backup files to external hard drive or USB drive, connect them to your computer and make sure they can be detected by your computer.

Step 1. Log in to Google Takeout. Under Create a new archive, click on the box against the option Drive and click on Next Step.

Step 2. In the next window, you can customize your archive format by selecting the Delivery Method and the File Type and click on Create Archive.

Step 3. A progress bar will display the status of your download. Once the archive is finished, the download link will be sent via email and you can download it as a zip archive.

Step 4. Once you download the archived file, you can move it to the hard drive, external hard drive, or USB drive that you want to store these files.

Google Takeout

Newest way: Sync Google Drive folder to (external) hard drive directly

According to the contents above, you must know how to move files from Google Drive to external hard drive manually. Actually, the easiest way to backup Google Drive to USB, hard drive or external hard drive is to use a third-party backup tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is a professional and free backup and sync tool for Windows PC.

With it, you can directly and automatically sync the Google Drive folder on your computer to external hard drive, USB flash drive, NAS drive, and so on. Here is how it works:

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive with your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Download and install the Google Drive desktop app on your computer, it will create a Google Drive folder on your computer.

Step 3. Download, install, and run AOMEI Backupper Standard, select Basic Sync under the Sync tab.

Basic Sync

Step 4. Rename Task Name if needed and click Add Folder to choose the Google Drive folder.

Basic Sync Add Folder

Step 5. Choose the external hard drive, hard drive, or USB drive as the Google Drive folder location. Click the Start Sync button to back up Google Drive to hard drive, external hard drive, or USB drive.

Start Sync

Bonus tips to Google Drive that you may need

Tip 1. Best alternative to Google Drive

Although Google Drive is a popular backup solution for your local data, it also has some drawbacks. First of all, its security system is not strong enough, hackers can delete your important data or install viruses on the server. Another disadvantage is its slow upload and download speed.

So, if you are dissatisfied with these flaws of Google drive, you can turn to the best Google Drive alternative – CBackup, which is a powerful cloud backup service for Windows PCs. With it, you can backup your PC files to its CBackup Cloud securely and quickly. And whenever you need your files, you can easily restore them from CBackup Cloud.

Meanwhile, the storage plans and features that CBackup offered are more reasonable and useful than Google Drive. It offers huge backup space at a cheap price and useful backup settings like scheduled backup, file filter, and email notification.

Let’s see how to do PC cloud backup with CBackup:

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to the computer and download CBackup.

Step 2. Run the software. Then, sign up for a CBackup account and sign in.

Sign In

Step 3. Click on the Backup Tasks tab and click on the New Task button.

Create Task

Step 4. Click on Add Source to select the files on your external hard drive that you want to backup to CBackup Cloud. After selecting, click Start Backup.

Add Source

Tip 2. Backup Google Drive to another cloud storage directly

Although hard drives, external hard drives, or USB drives are good storage options for Google Drive backups, these physical storage are also facing the risk of hardware failure, theft, natural disasters, and so on actually. Therefore, backing up Google Drive to another cloud storage directly is a better choice.

To achieve this, you can also rely on CBackup. CBackup offers the cloud to cloud backup feature for free. With it, you can add as many accounts of cloud storage as you have and create backup task to backup files between cloud storage automatically and easily.

Let’s see how to how to backup google drive to other cloud storage with CBackup.

Step 1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackup, then on the Log in section to type your email, password, and name. After that, sign in to your account.

CBackup

Step 2. Click My Storage + under the My Storage tab, select your clouds, and click Add. Then sign in to your account and authorize CBackup to access and manage your files on the cloud.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Click on the Backup Tasks tab at the top of the page, then, click the New Task button.

Create Task

Step 4. Name your task, click “Add Source” button to add Google Drive as the source. Similarly, click “Add Destination” button to add another cloud drive as the destination (e.g. OneDrive). And then click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to perform task.

Google Drive to OneDrive

Final words

The contents above have told you how to backup Google Drive to external hard drive, hard drive, or USB flash drive manually or automatically. If you meet any problem when using Google Drive, you can use CBackup as the Google Drive alternative.

If you don't want to abandon Google Drive, CBackup can also bring much convenience to you. For example, you can backup Google Drive to another cloud storage directly for data protection. And besides CBackup Cloud, it also allows you to backup PC files to third-party cloud storage including Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox.

And if you have multiple Google Drive accounts, CBackup can help you merge Google Drive accounts to get more storage space. Last but not least, CBackup also supports cloud-to-cloud backup/sync. So, you can move your data from Google Drive to another cloud storage directly with CBackup.

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