By Nicky twitter/ Last Updated June 30, 2021


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Can I backup Google Drive to (external) hard drive?

“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!”

Sometimes, Google Drive users may want to backup Google Drive files to local hard drive or external hard drive because backing up Google Drive to (external) hard drive is a great way to ensure you will never lose your data once you encounter unexpected things on Google Drive.

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.

No matter what your reason for backing up Google Drive, you know that backup files on Google Drive should be backed up as well and you must need effective ways to achieve it. In the following contents, we will show you how to backup Google Drive to (external) hard drive easily and securely, you can choose one way to follow. Please keep reading.

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

If you came here to find out how to backup Google Drive files to external hard drive, keep reading and find the backup solutions for Google Drive in the contents below. We are going to tell you about 3 main methods that will surely backup Google Drive to (external) hard drive.

Way 1. Backup data selectively and manually via web app

If you want to backup part of files from Google Drive to external hard drive, you can achieve it easily via Google Drive web app. To do so, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1: If you need to backup Google Drive to external hard drive, connect your external hard drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2: Go to the Google Drive website and log in to your Gmail account.

Step 3: Select the file you want to download by clicking on it. If you want multiple files, hold CTRL, then click on all the files you want to put on the flash drive.

Step 4: Once you have selected the files, navigate to the “More” button, and then click “Download”.

Google Drive Download

Step 5: Once prompted, choose to save the files on the local hard drive or external hard drive, then click “save” and all your downloaded files will be saved to the (external) hard drive.

Save To

Note: Any browser can set the fixed folder for downloading or ask user where to save each file before downloading. Let’s take Chrome for example:

Step 1. Click the three vertical dots icon, it will open a drop-down menu. This button is located next to the address bar in the upper-right corner of your browser screen.

Step 2. Click “Settings” on the menu.

Step 3. Scroll down and click “Advanced”, it will expand the Settings menu and show your advanced options.

Step 4. Scroll down to the “Downloads” section on the menu.

Step 5. Click the “CHANGE” button or “Switch”.

Change Download Location

Way 2. Backup all data at once via Google Takeout

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

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, 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 or external hard drive that you want to store these files.

Google Takeout

Way 3. Back up Google Drive automatically via Backup and Sync

Backup and Sync allows you to sync your local drive with Google Drive. This way, you don’t just make a one-time copy, you sync your local and Google Drive data, which means all new files added to Google Drive will be automatically saved on your hard drive.

Note: This is two-way sync, so every change in your Drive files will be reflected on the desktop as well. If you delete files from Google Drive, the data will be deleted from a hard drive automatically.

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to computer if needed.

Step 2. Download Backup and sync on your computer. Install and launch it.

Step 3. Sign in to your Google account and set up synchronization options.

Step 4. For your local drive. If you want to back up some files from your hard drive to Google Drive, at this stage you can choose folders for backup.

Step 5. Then sync settings to back up your Google Drive in your local disk. You can choose the folders that need to be backed up, or you can choose to copy all your data from Google Drive. Press “Start”.

Sync My Drive

Bonus tip: Backup Google Drive to Another Cloud Storage Directly

Although hard drive or external hard drive is a good storage option for Google Drive backups, physical storage including hard drive or external hard drive is also facing the risk of hardware failure, theft, natural disasters and so on. Therefore, you can backup Google Drive to another cloud storage directly with a professional cloud backup tool like CBackup.

CBackup is a professional cloud backup service that supports many cloud storages like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and so on. 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.

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.


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

Add Google Drive

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

Create Task

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


That’s all about how to backup Google Drive to (external) hard drive. The three ways above can help you achieve Google Drive backup easily and you can choose any one way to follow according to your needs. If you have other cloud storage that are supported by CBackup, you can backup Google Drive to another cloud storage directly without wasting storage space of physic storage.