You would think Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s OneDrive would backup your PC to the cloud automatically. That way when you get a new computer or have to clean install the OS, you get every file right where you left them.
But no! Leave it to Google to innovate first and faster thereby becoming a pacesetter for the rest to follow. That is exactly what Google is doing with the soon-to-be-released feature of its Google Drive.
Come June 28, Google Drive will get a new additional feature, Backup and Sync that will enable you to backup the entire PC. Whether you are on a Mac or Windows PC, this new app will let you backup all the folders, or you can select specific folders you want to be backed up to the cloud.
How’s Back and Sync different from Google Drive desktop?
Already you can backup your PC on the Google Drive desktop app. But to do so, you need to drag and drop the folder(s) you want to be backed up into the Google Drive folder; even then the backup will not be automatic. Periodically, you will have to delete the folder in the Drive and replace it with the new folder(s) with the latest content.
With the Back and Sync, your folder(s) will be backed up to the cloud automatically, and they will remain in sync. When you add/delete content from the folder, the same will happen to your cloud backup.
In a blog post, Google writes “We recommend that our G Suite customers continue to use Drive for Mac/PC until our new enterprise-focused solution, Drive File Stream (currently in EAP), is made generally available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, Education, and Nonprofit domains later this year. Drive File Stream will allow users to access huge corporate data sets without taking up the equivalent space on their hard drives.”