14 June 2021

Mastering Google Drive Backup & Sync- A Handy Guide

Nailing the Google Drive Backup & Sync Setup: A Handy Guide

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Here’s a dilemma we’ve all faced at one point or another: how do we protect our precious files and documents? There’s this nagging fear of losing our work due to a surprise computer crash or accidental file deletion. The good news is, Google Drive Backup & Sync is here to provide an extra layer of protection for your files. Today, I’ll guide you through the setup process.

Before we dive in, it’s important to understand that Google Drive Backup & Sync has a few limitations. It’s fantastic for recovering from catastrophic hardware failure or transferring your files to a new computer. But remember, it’s not foolproof. If you delete a file on your computer (accidentally or otherwise), the synced copy in Google Drive will also disappear. The same goes for any file corruption or ransomware attack - the damage could be synced to the cloud too. So, consider keeping another backup solution handy as well.

Kickstarting Your Journey

First, download Google’s Backup & Sync from their website. Once the download is complete, navigate to your downloads folder and double-click on the installation file. This will launch the setup process.

A Quick Sign-in

Once opened, sign in with your email account. Click ‘Next’, enter your password, and click ‘Next’ again. If you have 2-factor authentication set up on your Google account (which I’d recommend), you might encounter an extra verification step.

Choosing Your Folders

Now comes the fun part - deciding which folders on your computer need backing up or syncing to your Google Drive. Don’t worry, you’re in control here! You can stick with the default folders or add any others you’d like to backup to Drive. I like to include my video folder - but remember, the larger the file size, the longer it takes to sync.

Reviewing Your Selections

Once you’ve added your desired folders, they’ll appear in a list for easy review. Later, if you change your mind, you can always adjust your preferences.

Syncing Drive Folders to Your PC

Next, it’s time to choose which Google Drive folders to sync with your PC. This is an excellent feature if you’d like certain folders accessible directly from your computer. If you’re tight on hard drive space (like I usually am), don’t worry! You can unselect any heavy-duty folders and access them directly from Google Drive when needed.

Start Syncing!

Once you’re happy with your selections, click ‘Start’. The Backup & Sync tool will then begin its magic. Don’t worry if it takes a while for all files to sync - go grab a coffee or take a stroll while Google does its thing!

The Aftermath

When the setup is complete, you’ll notice a new ‘Computers’ section in your Google Drive interface. Here, you can access your synced folders and revel in the peace of mind that comes with knowing your files are safe.

Adjusting Preferences

You’re not locked into any decisions! You can go back and adjust Backup & Sync’s settings anytime from the Drive icon in your system tray or taskbar.

Remember, protecting your digital data is a bit like investing - don’t put all your eggs (or files) in one basket. Diversify with multiple backup solutions where possible.


That’s it! You’re now armed with a robust tool that works tirelessly to keep your files safe and accessible across devices. While Google Drive Backup & Sync isn’t a blanket solution for all data loss scenarios, it’s a great tool in your toolbox of backups.

I hope this guide helps you master Google Drive Backup & Sync setup - happy syncing!