Can I backup my hard drive to Google Drive?
"I have an external hard drive that saves a lot of important data. I have connected it to my computer and installed Google Drive on my desktop. Can you recommend the best way to sync external drive to Google Drive? "
Why need to sync external hard drive to Google Drive?
External hard drives are still a means for many people to store important data. Someone gradually realized that using hard drives to back up files has certain limitations, and the popular cloud storage services on the market can not only protect data more comprehensively but also provide more functions.
Why choose to sync external hard drives to Google Drive? We have summarized the following 3 advantages:
Easy access to files: The external drive needs to be connected to the computer to access the files in it, and Google Drive allows you to access data anytime, anywhere. As long as your device is connected to the Internet, you can view and edit files through the Google Drive app.
Data Protection: An external hard drive is like any other physical storage, it may be damaged, lost, or malfunction in an accident. After syncing the data to Google Drive, even if the data in your disk is lost, the data is still stored in Google Drive.
File-Sharing: Google Drive has useful sharing features. When syncing local files to Google Drive, you can share files and folders with others, which can also enhance collaboration at work.
How to sync external hard drive with Google Drive?
Before proceeding with the following methods, you need to connect the external hard drive to the computer to ensure that the files can be read by the computer.
Way 1. Sync external drive to Google Drive with official app
The official desktop application provided by Google Drive is called Google Backup and Sync. With it, you can easily sync your local files to the cloud.
Please follow the step-by-step guide below to learn how to use the Google backup and sync external drive:
Step 1. Download the Google Backup and Sync software and run it. Sign in with your Google Drive account according to the prompts.
Step 2. Next, click CHOOSE FOLDER, then select the external drive disk, and select the folder that needs to be synced.
✎Note: If you have selected the folder to sync before, now just click the Google Backup and Sync icon displayed on the taskbar. Then go to Settings > Preferences to change the source location.
Step 3. In the next window, you can choose whether to Sync My Drive to this computer, then select Sync only these folders and click START to back up the hard drive to Google Drive.
✎Note: If you select Sync My Drive to this computer, then you can sync Google Drive to external hard drive.
Way 2. Sync external hard drive with Google Drive folder
If you log in to Google Backup and Sync from your computer, it will create a folder. You can also sync from an external hard drive to Google Drive through the Google Drive folder.
Step 1. Double-click the Google Backup and Sync desktop app, and you will open the Google Drive folder. The data saved in this folder is stored in the cloud and local disk at the same time.
Step 2. Navigate to the external drive disk and drag or copy and paste the folders into the Google Drive folder. Any changes in this folder will be synced to the cloud, which means the external drive files you add to it will be synced to Google Drive.
Way 3. Sync external drive to Google Drive with a third-party tool
Some free third-party tools on the market can also auto sync folders to Google Drive. For example, the professional cloud sync software - AOMEI Backupper Standard, can sync any folder on the Windows computer to Google Drive or even other cloud drives. Before starting the steps below, make sure that Google Backup and Sync has been downloaded and logged into your account.
Step 1. Download and install the free AOMEI Backupper Standard, then go to Sync > Basic Sync in turn.
Step 2. You can change the Task Name, and click Add Folder to select the folder of external drive disk.
Step 3. Click the inverted triangle icon in the picture, then click Select a cloud drive, select Google Drive as the destination, click OK.
Step 4. Press Start Sync to make Google Drive sync external drive easily.
Bonus tip: Get unlimited Google Drive space for free
The free Google Drive account has 15GB of storage. If you store a lot of files on the external drive, you cannot sync the entire external drive to Google Drive. Don't worry, using CBackup can combine with more Google Drive storage space.
CBackup is a professional cloud backup service that can merge the storage of Google Drive accounts and multi-cloud drive accounts into a large backup space. As long as you apply for enough free cloud storage accounts, you can merge into unlimited online cloud backup space.
Next, you can learn how to get more Google Drive space in a few simple steps
Step 1. Get started with CBackup, and register an account on CBackup to sign in.
Step 2. Click Add Cloud under the My Storage tab to add and authorize your Google Drive account, click Add to confirm your operation.
✎Note: CBackup doesn't limit the number of cloud storage accounts added, but only one account can be added in one operation. You can repeat this step to add as many cloud drive accounts as possible.
Step 3. In the next step, customize the display name, storage path, then check Note, and click OK to confirm.
Step 4. Then repeat the above steps to add all accounts, and go to My Storage > + New Combined Cloud to get a large backup space by merging all of your added clouds, and their combined total space will be displayed in the My Storage tab.
By the way, CBackup also supports backing up PC files to Google Drive and its secure cloud - CBackup Cloud. If you are worried that the cloud storage service is not stable enough, you can switch to CBackup, which will back up all your data in the most professional way. And it can automatically restore the files you need to the local without manual downloading. Let's try CBackup to start your PC cloud backup.
You can sync an external drive to Google Drive by any of the methods in this article. If your Google Drive storage space is insufficient, you can use CBackup to help you merge multiple cloud drive accounts. CBackup has more potential waiting for you to discover, let's try it out!