By Ailsa twitter/ Last Updated August 22, 2022

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How to Sync Folders Outside the Google Drive Folder?


How to make Google Drive sync files outside folder?

I installed Google Drive and want to use it to backup some folders outside Google Drive folder, I cannot get it to use these different folders because I can only set one folder in Google Drive Backup and Sync app. I tried to create junctions and hard links to the outside folders, but it does not work. Please help, Thanks.

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Is there a way to make Google Drive sync files outside Google Drive folder? Definitely, let’s look inside.

What Folders Does Google Drive Sync?

For Google Drive personal account, you could sync some or all your folders on your computer to Google Drive.

For Google Drive work account or school account, you can only sync the following folders or devices to Google Drive:

  • Documents

  • Desktop

  • USB devices and SD cards.

  • Your photos and videos to Google Photos.

  • Shared drive folders.

Google Drive Sync Outside Folder for Personal Account

To sync folders outside Google Drive folder, please change the sync settings in Google Drive for desktop app like the following steps:

1. Please install Google Drive for desktop on your Windows Computer. And log in to your Google Drive account.

2. Then click Google Drive icon in system tray, choose the Settings icon > Preferences.

Google Drive Preferences

3. At My Computer tab, select Add folder in My Computer section to choose any folders outside the Google Drive folder to sync to Google Drive. And click OK.

Google Drive Add Folder to Cloud

If you want to sync more folders to Google Drive automatically, just repeat the Step 3 to add other folders to sync.

Note: You could click the Settings icon, tick Upload screenshots and Upload RAW files options in File types under Google Photos section to sync other folders outside the Google Drive folder, and click Save

Upload Screenshots And RAW Files

Sync Folders Outside the Google Drive for Work and School Account

As we all known, Google Drive File Stream and Google Backup and Sync are consolidate into Google Drive for desktop. So, If you want to sync other folders outside of Google Drive folder, you have to install Google Drive for desktop, and then let Google Drive sync outside folder like the above steps. By the way, you may want to know the difference of Google Drive for Desktop and Google Backup and Sync.

Best Way to Sync Files Outside Google Drive Folder

Fortunately, there is another free cloud sync software - CBackup, which is available to sync any folders to Google Drive, within or outside Google Drive folder in Windows computer. Please download CBackup to have it a go.

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Step 1. Please download and install the CBackup software, please create a new CBackup account, then please sign in.

Sign In

Step 2. Click My Storage > Add Clouds, choose Google Drive and click Add, then follow the steps to grant CBackup to access your Google Drive files. And complete the Google Drive information on CBackup.

Select Google Drive

Step 3. Click the Sync icon > Sync PC to Public Cloud to create a sync task.

Sync PC to Public Cloud

Step 4. Choose folders that are out of Google Drive folder on your computer, and select a Google Drive folder as the destination.

Start Sync Folder Outside Google Drive Folder

Tips: Settings allows you to set up a schedule sync, which allows you to sync files to Google Drive on a regular basis, like Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or send you email about the sync process, exclude or include file types as you like to sync.

Step 5. Press Start Sync to make Google Drive sync files outside folder easily.

How to Get Unlimited Google Drive Storage Space for Free?

Now, Google Drive has been canceled the unlimited storage space on June 1st, 2021. Since then, you cannot get unlimited Google drive space. If you store photos and videos frequently to Google Photos, you might find Google drive storage full after a few days later. Fortunately, CBackup could help you to increase Google Drive storage space for free easily.

Ensure you have multiple Google Drive accounts, then take the following steps:

Step 1. Please sign in to CBackup desktop app. Repeat the above step 2 to add other Google Drive accounts.

Step 2. Then please go to My Storage > + Add Combined Cloud.

My Storage New Combined Cloud

Step 3. Then tick all Google Drive accounts and click Next, then change Google Drive order to store backup files and click Combine

Tick All Google Drive Accounts

Then your Google Drive account will be increased. To get unlimited Google Drive storage, please add unlimited Google Drive accounts to CBackup. Then sync files to Google drive for free.

Besides, CBackup has the following useful features:

  • Backup files to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Combined cloud, or CBackup Cloud easily, and backup settings like schedule backup, email notification, or file filter to improve your backup experience.

  • Backup or sync files from one cloud to another easily without downloading or re-uploading files.

  • Provides you 10GB of free cloud storage space of CBackup Cloud, and you could upgrade to 1TB or 10TB to protect more files.

  • Sync files to mainstream clouds, like OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

The Epilogue

There are 3 ways to get Google Drive sync outside folder easily, please try the above steps of the guide. If the Google storage is full, please try CBackup to get more free space for Google Drive, even unlimited storage space.

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