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Google Drive is Google's cloud document service. The Google Drive Sync application allows you to store a copy of your Google Drive on your computer which is kept in sync with the files in your Google Drive online. Any files or folders you put in your Google Drive folder are available anywhere you can access your Google Account.

Automatically Backing Up Your Documents with Google Drive

Faculty and staff should not do this. In this guide you will redirect your data folders to your Google Drive. Doing so will keep your data automatically synchronized with Google Drive so that if you ever lose your laptop you always have the most recent versions of your files available. In order to restore your files, simply follow these steps again and merge the folders when asked.

Note that these steps can also be followed for Dropbox as well.

  1. Close out all programs that might be accessing your Documents folders. Ideally, try to have only your web browser (viewing this page) open.
  2. Open the Start Menu and search for “Google Drive”.
  3. Open Google Drive from the Start Menu.
  4. Sign-in with your email address and network password.
  5. At the welcome screen, click “Next”, then “Start sync”.
  6. When you are shown your Google Drive, create a folder named “Tablet Data” which you will save your data to.
  7. Move the Google Drive window to the right side of your screen.
  8. Open another copy of explorer by pressing Windows Key + E.
  9. In the address bar, type %userprofile% and press ENTER.
  10. Once you are viewing your personal folder, move that window to the left side of your screen.
  11. Hold down the CTRL key and select the following folders by clicking on them:
    • Desktop
    • My Documents
    • My Music
    • My Pictures
    • My Videos
  12. Click and drag the folders over into the “Tablet Data” folder. Hold down SHIFT before you release the mouse to ensure the folders are moved and not copied.
  13. You should see Google Drive sync icons appear on top of the folders in your personal folder on the left side of the screen.
  14. Your documents are now being backed up automatically on Google Drive!

Google Drive Document Redirection Video Guide

google_drive.txt · Last modified: 2014/08/05 13:10 by abrashear