By Ailsa twitter/ Last Updated September 29, 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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Can I Backup Entire Computer to Google Drive?

As the most popular cloud storage service, Google Drive provides you two apps for different users to sync files to Google Drive easily:

  • Google Backup and Sync.

  • Google Drive for Desktop (previously named Google Drive File Stream).

And these two Google backup software has some differences shows below:

Comparison

Google Backup and Sync

Google Drive for Desktop

(Google Drive File Stream)

Users

Individual Users

Team Users

Cost

Free

Free

Free Storage Space

15 GB

15 GB

Extra Payment for Storage

$19.99/Year, 100 GB

$29.99/Year, 200 GB

$72/Year: 30 GB/user

$144/Year: 2 TB/user

$216/Year: 5 TB/user

Use Files in My Drive

Use Files in shared Files

-

Sync other folders, like Documents, or Desktop

-

Upload Photos and Videos to Google Photos

-

Show Real-time Editing Presence in Office

-

Folders Avaliable Offline

File Avaliable Offline

-

  • √: means supported.

  • -: means not supported.

According to Google Drive website, you can only use Google Backup and Sync to backup Windows to Google Drive, or upload files and folders via Google Drive website.

Backup Windows to Google Drive with Google Backup and Sync

There are two steps for you to backup Windows local folders to Google Drive with Google Backup and Sync:

  • Check Google Drive storage space.

  • Backup Windows local folders to Google Drive.

Step 1. Check Google Drive Storage Space

To backup Windows files to Google Drive successfully, please check your Google Drive storage space is enough to hold all your Windows files:

1. Please log in to your Google Drive account, click Settings icon at the top right corner, then select Settings.

Google Drive Settings

2. Check the Storage information at the General tab.

Google Drive Storage Info

Step 2: Backup Windows Local Folders to Google Drive

Please download Google Drive Backup and Sync app to backup Windows to Google Drive easily.

1. Please install Google Backup and Sync and sign in your account.

2. Then you are able to set up the Google Drive sync settings in Google Backup and Sync app.

Google Drive Sign In

>> In My Computer tab, choose the Windows files and folders you want to sync by click CHOOSE FOLDER.

Choose Windows Folders

>> In Google Drive tab, Tick Sync My Drive to this computer option, then tick Sync everything in My Drive or Sync these folders only (then choose the folders).

Sync Google Drive to Computer

3. Press START button to backup Windows to Google Drive.

Besides, you could go to the Google Drive Preferences to change the Google Drive sync settings to backup Windows files to Google Drive.

However, you can only backup the following file types to Google Drive with Google Backup and Sync:

  • Documents

  • Images

  • Audio

  • Videos

If you choose the C drive to backup, you will find that the error message: Something went wrong, Choose a different folder to back up files from your computer as the selected folder is not writable.

Google Drive Cannot Backup C Drive It Is Not Writable

What should you do if you would like to backup other Windows files to Google Drive? Just take it easy, you will find answers in next part.

Better Way to Perform Windows Backup to Google Drive

To backup any Windows files and folders to Google Drive, it’s highly recommended to try the best free cloud backup service- CBackup to make Google backup Windows easily. Once you set up a backup task with CBackup, all the Windows files and folder you selected will be backed up to Google Drive at the time you specified. Please download Cbackup first and then follow the detailed steps to backup Windows to Google Drive:

1. Download, install and launch CBackup. Create a CBackup account and sign in.

Sign In

2. Click the My Storage tab and then choose + Add Cloud. Then, choose the cloud storage (here is Google Drive) that you want to add and backup files to.

Add Cloud

3. Create an account and log in with it, then click New Task under the Backup Tasks tab to create a PC to cloud backup task.

Create Task

4. Click the Add Source button to select the files you need to back up to the cloud. As long as you have enough backup space, you can even back up your entire computer.

Add Source

Note: You could set up the Settings as belows:
✍ Perform Schedule Backup on regular basis, like one-time only, daily, weekly or monthly, and you could do unintended backup automatically.
✍ Enable Email Notification to get email alert after the backup task finished, and it will tell you the backup progress.
✍ You could use File Filter to backup file types as you need.

5. Click Add destination and Single Cloud to choose Google Drive as your backup destination.

Add Destination Single Cloud

6. Then click Start Backup to backup Windows to Google Drive.

Start Backup

Get More Google Drive Storage Space for Free

If your Google Drive cannot backup entire computer and you have multiple Google Drive accounts, you can merge Google Drive accounts to increase Google Drive storage for free via CBackup, here it is:

1. Please log in to your CBackup account.

2. Click My Storage on the left side, and click + Add Cloud button, then choose Google Drive and hit Add. Then follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your cloud storage.

Add Cloud

3. After adding, all your Google Drive accounts are listed here. Click the My Storage button, press the plus icon and choose New Combined Cloud option in the menu.

Add Combined Cloud1

4. Tick the box next to the cloud storage account that you want to combine. After checking, click on Next. Determine the cloud order to store backup files and click OK.

Add Combined Cloud3

5. Then, you will have a Combined Cloud in your clouds list. You can choose the Combined Cloud as the backup destination to enjoy huge backup space.

Add Destination Combined Cloud

Summary

Althouh you could use Google Drive Backup and Sync app to backup Windows to Google Drive, but you cannot backup entire computer to Google Drive, please try the Windows cloud backup service - CBackup to backup entire computer to Google Drive with simple clicks. If your Google drive storage not enough to hold all the computer files, please try CBackup to get more Google Drive storage space for free. even unlimited cloud storage space.

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