How do i move my files from google drive to sync?

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Google has been doing its part khổng lồ make sure everyone has a backup of important data, và it recently released a new tool for Windows & Mac users to take that redundancy lớn the next level. Appropriately named Backup và Sync, it’s a quiông chồng và effective sầu tool to store your important files in the cloud.


Backup và Sync Replaces Google Drive sầu & Google Photos Uploader

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Before we get inlớn it, let’s first talk a little bit about what Backup và Sync actually is. If you’re a heavy Google user, you’re probably already aware of Google’s other sync tools: Google Drive sầu and Google Photos Uploader. Those have both now been rolled into Backup & Sync, so you can control all of your files, videos, images, and more from one app. This is where you’ll control which folders from your Drive sầu are synced to and from your PC or Mac, as well as specifying which image folders should get backed up lớn your Photos library.

Google Drive is really the core of the Backup và Sync tool, so if you never used the Drive tiện ích then a bit of explanation may be in order. Essentially, this new tool will allow you to sync your Google Drive cloud storage with your computer—be that the entire Drive or just specific files và folders. These are then treated as local files on the computer, so your important stuff is always up to lớn date on every computer you own (& in the cloud).

The only exception here are Google Docs files (Sheets, Docs, Slides)—those are still online-only, as Backup and Sync will not tải về them for offline access. It will, however, put icons in the Google Drive sầu folder so you can double-cliông chồng them as if they were normal documents (you’ll just need an internet connection khổng lồ view & edit them.)

Backup and Sync also adds one more tool lớn the equation: the option to back up specific folders from your PC or Mac to lớn your Google Drive sầu. For example, I use Google Drive sầu to store almost everything, so it’s accessible from all of my other device. But the screenshots folder on my Windows machine isn’t in my Drive sầu folder—it’s in my PC’s Pictures thư mục. With Backup and Sync, I can then access thư mục on any of my other devices, any time.


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Sound awesome? It is. Here’s how to lớn phối it up and get everything synced.

Step One: Download and Install Backup và Sync

Naturally, the first thing you’ll need to lớn vì chưng is actually tải về the Backup & Sync tool. Make sure to grab the appropriate download for your device (Mac or PC). If you already have Google Drive sầu installed, don’t worry—this tool will automatically replace it, no uninstallation necessary.

It should download pretty quickly, & you’ll just need to launch the installer when it’s finished. If you’re using Google Chrome (as you should be), just click the download button at the bottom of the page.

A few seconds later, Backup và Sync will be installed. When it was finished, mine told me to lớn restart my computer for reasons unknown khổng lồ me—I didn’t do it, & everything still worked fine. Take that, Google.

If you previously had the Google Drive sầu ứng dụng installed, Backup and Sync should automatically log in to lớn your Google Account. If not, you’ll need to log in. After that, a quiông chồng splash screen will let you know what the app is all about: backing up your stuff. Cliông xã “Got it” to move inkhổng lồ the ứng dụng.

Step Two: Choose Which Folders Will Get Synced from Google Drive

The Backup & Sync tool is split up inkhổng lồ two main sections:

Google Drive: This performs the same function as the original Google Drive sầu tiện ích. You choose what folders khổng lồ sync from your Google Drive sầu cloud storage, & they’ll appear in a Google Drive thư mục on your PC. Anything you put inlớn that thư mục will also sync to Google Drive.My Computer: This part is new, và allows you khổng lồ sync files between your computer và Drive sầu without putting them in the dedicated Google Drive sầu thư mục. Just piông chồng the folders from your computer you want khổng lồ sync, and they’ll sync to your cloud storage (though they’ll appear in a separate section of the Google Drive sầu interface, rather than with all your other Drive files.)
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Let’s start with the Google Drive section first—it’s second in the list, but it’s much simpler và will be familiar to lớn anyone who’s used Google Drive in the past.

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You have a few specific options in this menu. You can:

Sync My Drive sầu to lớn this Computer: Use this option lớn enable/disable syncing your Google Drive lớn your computer.Sync Everything in my Drive: Literally syncs the entire contents of your Google Drive sầu lớn your computer.Sync Only These Folders: Allows you to specify which folders lớn sync from Drive khổng lồ your computer.

These are really straightforward—just choose what you’d lượt thích khổng lồ sync and be done with it.

Step Three: Choose Other Folders On You PC to Sync

Next, let’s look at the My Computer section, where you can select other folders on your PC khổng lồ sync. There are a few options already available here: Desktop, Documents, and Pictures. You can simply tichồng the box next to the option lớn completely bachồng up everything from that location khổng lồ your Google Drive sầu. Simple.

But if you’d like to lớn get a little more granular and only back up a certain thư mục, you can vày this by clicking the “Choose Folder” option. Just navigate to the thư mục you’d lượt thích to baông chồng up, & click “Select Folder.” That’s all there is lớn it.


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NOTE: Files you sync from outsdie your Drive folder won’t show up in Drive alongside all your other files. To access those files, head to Google Drive on the web & click on “My Computers” in the left menu. This option is also available in the Drive sầu điện thoại apps.

If you want a file or folder to lớn show up under “My Drive”, you’ll need to sync it the old-fashioned way: by putting it inside the Google Drive folder on your PC.

Step Four: Tweak Your Pholớn Uploading Settings

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Below the folder options in the “My Computer” section, you can also specify how you’d lượt thích lớn baông chồng up images (if you choose to back up images from your PC, of course): Original Quality, which will take up space in your Drive, or High Quality, which won’t take up any space in your Drive sầu. The latter uses intelligent compression algorithms to lớn shrink the form size of the image without reducing unique, the same as it does in the Google Photos ứng dụng on Android and iOS devices.

You can also specify how you’d lượt thích khổng lồ control delete options: Remove Items Everywhere, Don’t Remove sầu Items Everywhere, or Ask Me Before Removing Items Everywhere. The last option is phối as the mặc định, which really makes the most sense anyway. Feel miễn phí lớn change this according khổng lồ your specific needs.

Lastly, you can tiông chồng the box in the Google Photos section lớn automatically scan your computer for new pictures & upload them to Google Photos. There’s also a small option at the bottom labeled “USB Devices và SD Cards,” which you can use lớn automatically upload files from your digital camera or USB drives if you’d lượt thích. Just plug in the drive sầu or thẻ and specify what you’d lượt thích khổng lồ bởi vì with it.

A Few Additional Notes about Backup and Sync

That’s really all there is to lớn Backup and Sync, but there are a couple of other things worth mentioning:

You can rename your computer by clicking on the “My Computer” (or similar) text at the top of the “My Computer” page and giving it a specific name.You can easily tăng cấp your Drive sầu storage or disconnect your tài khoản from the “Settings” tab.System startup rules, file sync ibé, & right clichồng settings can also be modified on the Settings tab.Backup & Sync’s network activity can be restricted in the “Network Settings” section of the Settings tab. Proxies can be specific, & download/upload rates capped if need be.The Backup & Sync tool will live in your computer’s system tray as long as it’s running. To access its settings, just cliông chồng its icon in the tray, cliông xã the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, and choose “Preferences.”

That’s pretty much it, really. It’s a simple tool.


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Cameron SummersonCameron Summerson is the Editor in Chief of reviews Geek và serves as an Editorial Advisor for How-To Geek and LifeSavvy. He’s been covering technology for nearly a decade & has written over 4,000 articles và hundreds of hàng hóa Đánh Giá in that time. He’s been published in print magazines & quoted as a điện thoại thông minh expert in the New York Times. Read Full Bio »