What if all your Google Drive data gets deleted by accident? There must be a copy or backup of important files, a second copy/backup at the least.

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  1. Backup Google Drive Data

The easiest way you can download the Google Drive backup data offline is by going to the website ‘drive.google.com’ on your browser. Do this on your PC or Mac, as it does not matter.

  • If you want to create a backup your computer, or iOS device or Android device data first to the Drive, here is the support page that shows you that.
  • You can then manage all your backup from that place, by going to your account on the computer.
  • You can go to the ‘Google Drive’ application, then ‘Menu’> ‘Backups’ and tap on the ‘Backup’ you wish to manage.
  • Your backups remain as long you use your device or for an expiry date, mentioned there in your account itself. Then, you can download these data or files to your computer or use ‘Backup and Sync’.
  1. Backup Google Drive to Another Account

Before you read online tutorials, just have a read of this (https://support.google.com/a/answer/1247799?hl=en) article from Google on this topic. Transfer to a new owner is not very straightforward.

  • One easiest way is to use ‘Step 3’ and then ‘Step 1’, meaning to download and then re-upload to the new owner’s Google Drive.
  • If you do not want to do that, you can follow these steps here. First, ‘Log-In’ to your primary Google Drive account in your browser from your computer.
  • Locate all the files, or just press ‘Ctrl+A’ to select an entire directory if you want to move everything to another account.
  • Go to the top-right corner and click on ‘Share’ or you can do that after a right click and then clicking on ‘Share’.
  • In the share window, type of secondary Google’s username or email address which is the account you want this clone.
  • Go to ‘Advanced Settings’ under ‘Sharing Settings’, and change the permission to ‘Is Owner’ and hit the ‘Send’ button.
  • Now, go to your secondary account, ‘Log-In’, and click on ‘Shared with Me’, copy and paste using right click and ‘Make a copy’. Now you have a replica, of the primary Drive.
  1. Backup Google Drive to External Hard Drive

When you were doing ‘Step 1’, after having finished with backups uploading to Drive, and you want to download a specific backup, you can do the same from the website itself. Look at this page (https://www.google.com/drive/download/) for more info.

  • If you go to your backups, you can select or deselect them by clicking or tapping on them.
  • In your Google Drive, you can also select all your files simply typing ‘Ctrl+A’ and then going onto the top-right corner where there is ‘Three Dots’ meaning expand or more.
  • Tapping or clicking on it, show you options to ‘Download’.
  • Depending on the size of data, it will take some time to zip everything and then it will download it to your ‘Downloads’ folder of your computer.
  • You can then copy paste it to some external drive as you wish to or just keep it there itself.

TIPS

Here is an official webpage (https://www.google.com/drive/download/backup-and-sync/) that tells what to do if you do not have a compatible app or OS.

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