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How to Sync Folders Outside the Google Drive 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."

Question from superuser.com

Is there a way to make Google Drive sync files outside Google Drive folder? Definately, 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 Backup and Sync app like the following steps:

1. Please install Google Backup and Sync on your Windows Computer. And log in to your Google Drive account.

2. Then click Google Drive Backup and Sync icon in system tray, choose three dots icon > Preferences.

Google Drive Preferences

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

Google Drive My Computer Choose Folder

4. (Optional) You could click Change option behind the CHOOSE FOLDER, and you could sync more folders to Google Drive automatically.

5. (Optional) And tick Upload newly added photos and videos to Google Photos option to sync other folders outside the Google Drive folder.

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

Sync Folders Outside the Google Drive for Work and School Account

If you are using Google Drive for Desktop app (previously named Google Drive File Stream) if you are Google Drive work account or school account, you can only sync the above listed folders to Google Drive. To sync other folders outside of Google Drive folder, you have to install Google Backup and Sync to sync folders and files. By the way, you may want to know the difference of Google Drive for Desktop and Google Backup and Sync.

Then let Google Drive sync outside folder like the above steps.

Move Google Drive Folder to A Different Location

Except for the above ways to sync folders outside Google Drive folder, you could move Google Drive folder to a different location to sync other folders.

1. Click the Google Drive icon in Windows system tray. And click Three dots icon and then select Quit Backup and Sync from the dropdown menu.

Quit Google Backup Sync

2. Now go to Google Drive folder in Windows Explorer, and move it to other location or rename it.

3. Restart Google Backup and Sync.

4. Then you will get the error A synced folder is missing. And click Locate to change Googel Drive folder location.

Google Drive Synced Folder Is Missing

However, if you change Google Drive folder location from C drive to D drive or other drives, you might find Google Drive Backup and Sync does not sync your files, or you files will be deleted from both locations if worse. Hence, it’s better not to change Google Drive folder location outside C drive, or you might encounter Google Drive not syncing problems or even worse.

Sync Files Outside Google Drive Folder via AOMEI Backupper Standard

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

Step 1. Please install the free cloud sync software, then choose Sync > Basic Sync in turn.

Basic Sync

Step 2. Rename the Task Name and click Add Folder button to choose the folders outside the Google Drive folder.

Add Folder

Step 3. Click the inverted triangle icon > Select a cloud drive > choose Google Drive as the destination, click OK.

Select A Cloud Drive

Step 4. (Optional) Tap Schedule option, choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly to sync files to Google Drive automatically.

Schedule Settings General

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

How to Get Unlimited Google Drive Storage Space?

If you store photos and videos frequently to Google Photos without High quality, you might find Google drive storage full after few days later. Although you could store photos and videos to Google Photos with High quality to get unlimited storage space. However, it will be stopped on June 1st, 2021. Since then, you cannot get the unlimited Google drive space.

Don’t worry, there is a free cloud backup service CBackupper for you to increase Google Drive storage space easily.

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

Step 1. Please create a new CBackupper account, then please sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click Added Clouds > Add Cloud to select Google Drive, and click Add. Sign in your Google Drive account, click Allow to let CBackupper access to your account.

Add Cloud

Step 3. Customize the Display Name, then Edit Storage Path, Allocate Space and set up other settings, Then tick "Note: Please do not change the path directly in the third-party cloud disk, or modify or delete the backup file," option, then click OK.

Display Name

Step 4. Repeat the Step 2 and Step 3 to add other Google Drive accounts, then your Google Drive account will be increased.

To get unlimited Google Drive storage, please add unlimited Google Drive acocunts to CBackupper. Then sync files to Google drive for free.

The Epilogue

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