Google Drive is Google's cloud document & storage service. The Backup and Sync application allows you to store a copy of your Google Drive on your computer and synchronize your PC's files to Google Drive.
Back Up Your Files with the Backup and Sync Application
To back up the files on your current computer, sign in to the Backup and Sync from Google application. Optionally, you can select extra folders to back up too.
From your start menu, open the Backup and Sync from Google application.
Click Get Started at the welcome page.
Sign in with your school email account.
At the Choose Folders page, click Got It.
At the My PC page, click Next.
At the Sync Files from My Drive screen, click Got It.
Click Start. Backup and Sync will start uploading your files to Google Drive. You can click the Backup and Sync icon in the tray to check the progress.
If you are running backup prior to turning in your computer you need to make sure the sync is complete. The first backup can take a long time.
Restore Your Files with the Backup and Sync Application
To restore your files from another computer, set up the Backup and Sync application. Once set up, sign into Google Drive on the web and copy the files from the old PC to the new PC.
Set up your computer with the Backup and Sync application following the instructions above. Go to drive.google.com and sign in with your school email account.
In the left pane, click Computers.
You will see a listing of computers you've backed up. You need to figure out which is your current PC and which is your old PC.
Usually, you want My PC and My PC (1), or My PC (1) and My PC (2).
You can also single-click a PC and click the ⓘ icon to see the dates and times files were last uploaded.
Expand the Computers pane on the left side of the window by hitting the triangle next to it.
For each of your folders on your old PC (Desktop, Documents, Pictures, etc.):
Go into the folder.
Use the triangle icons to expand the corresponding folder on your new PC.
Select all of the items in the folder by hitting CTRL + A. Wait for all of them to be highlighted.
Hold the CTRL key, then click and drag the files into the folder for the new PC in the left pane.
Once you are done copying the files, they will start downloading to your new computer. You can check the progress by left-clicking your Backup and Sync icon in the system tray.
google_drive.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/15 10:03 by abrashear